Style: Hybrid Ale: Cross between an English Brown Ale and German Smoked Lager, or “Rauchbier”
Similar To: Newcastle Brown, Caledonian 80, Schlenkerla Rauchbier
Nose: Light wood smoke, ribs, bacon, malt sweetness.
Palate: This beer drinks quite a bit lighter than it looks. A light smoke taste will greet the palate, moving into distinct malt notes of biscuit, maybe a touch of raisin. Very light bodied, this beer finishes with a tart cloying taste that dries the palate. This is essentially unsweetened honey. It coats the mouth and the smokiness will build as you progress through the pint.
Smoked Honey is not a heavy tasting beer. It is also not a "sweet" tasting beer, and it actually finishes rather dry. What makes this beer different from traditional honey beers is that the honey is completely fermented out, leaving little residual sweetness. The lightly smoked character comes from the beechwood smoke malt we use, which has a very delicate — rather than overly aggressive — smoky taste.