The growler’s label is cool. I love the Mystic Brewery label, it’s complex yet simple. Elegant and medieval. It is a brilliant shout-out to brewing’s past and an inviting possibility of things yet to come.
The beer pours a dark, orangey brown with a browning white head. The beer’s body is dark and hazy with a proper murk. The beer leaves little to no lacing on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of mellow, slow cooked meat and light campfire and oh-so-slight notes of caramel. The meaty smell is not as potent as other rauchbiers, but gives a nice, smoked wood nuance as well, which is quite inviting. The smell is also very mellow on the nose while still providing a beautiful bouquet of smoked malt. On the tongue, the beer tastes of savory smoked meat and slight bitter malt. In flavor, the beer begins as very light caramel malt that slowly moves into smoke, building through campfire smoke, smoked beech and cedar, light smoked pork with very light milk chocolate nuances. The finish is light but tasty with smoked wood, and this moves quickly into a lingering aftertaste of woodsy smoke and light bacon notes. In the mouth, the beer feels light to medium in body, with smooth creamy carbonation that leaves a touch of prickle on the tongue. The mouth is left clean with a light sheen of spittle. Overall, this is nice sessionable rauchbier with some great smoked malt nuances and lighter bacon notes. It’s fantastically drinkable and worthy of a try for sure. It is a little light on smoke flavor in terms of what I normally look for in a rauchbier, but it is hugely drinkable and very tasty all the same.