Central City Brewers + Distillers / NWT Brewing Co. Across the Nation Collaboration: Midnight Ember – Smoked Beer at 6% ABV | 40 IBU

Central City Brewers + Distillers / NWT Brewing Co. Across the Nation Collaboration: Midnight Ember Smoked Beer at 6% ABV | 40 IBU (C$2.47 at NLC Stavanger, 355 ml, packaged on 21-Mar-2018, acquired 13-Jul-2018, reviewed 4-Aug-2018)

Appearance:  clear deep ruby brown with one finger of loose beige head diminishing gradually to a thin ring, no lacing. (4/5) Aroma: smoke, caramel, cocoa, roasty malt. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter, hint of umame. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, dry moderate bitter ashy finish. (4/5)

Smoked beers can be a challenge to get right – too much smoke, and it overwhelms everything, but too little, and you’re left with the vague impression someone stubbed a ciggie in your drink. This one? Well, I’ve had better – but I’ve also had worse. It strikes a decent balance between smoke and roasty malts, and gives an almost bacon-like note on the tongue. I would’ve thought a heavier body and lower carbonation was more appropriate to the style, but it’s not bad as-is. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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