You can probably tell instantly that this photograph – with it’s perfect composition and notable depth of field – wasn’t taken by me. No, I had to steal this one from the internet, because the only actual photographic evidence that I have of me drinking this beer is this:
That’s not me FYI (I’m not that photogenic) – that’s Luke from Epic doing his best ever cute-face with the Rauchbier.
My memories of the beer are unfortunately about as hazy as that photograph. It was actually the last of many, many beers I tried on Friday afternoon at one of Epic’s “mule tastings” – which involved trying lots of incredible beer that their friend (The Mule) had bought back from America. Probably the best form of ‘research’ I’ve ever witnessed:
I picked the Rauchbier to be the star of post #67 because a) it was the last one I tried and so can kind of remember it and b) because it was the one that stood out for me as being the most delicious.
I’ve had a few different smoked beers before and always loved them, but this was the first one I’d ever tried from the home of smoked beers, Bamberg in Germany. I think this one might even be the most famous example of the style – so it’s no wonder then that it was f***king delicious.
As I say my memories are hazy – but I do recall that it was incredibly meaty – like smoked ham hock in a glass. It had a creamy mouthfeel and a lovely caramel sweetness that carried the campfire/meat flavours beautifully. I only had a small glass as there were quite a few of us splitting it, but if I come across another bottle I’m not going to share it with ANYONE.
Cheers to Luke, Kelly and The Mule for all the great beers. Happy to help with the research any time!