Samuel Adams Cinder Bock

The inspiration for this unique brew was a combination of two traditional and bold German lagers.  The first was a rauchbier, whose name translates to smoke beer.  We had long loved these unique brews that we had come across during trips to Germany.  This style originated in Bamberg, Franconia in the 1500s.  Its distinctive character comes from smoking the malts.  Originally almost all malt had this smoky quality from the wood used in the kilning process.  The flavor fell away as brewers switched to a smoke free kiln to dry the malt but in Bamberg, they kept the flavor alive in several of their beer styles.  The smoked malt gives the beer a campfire smoke and almost bacony quality.

From the Brewer – “Smoky and rich this brew begins with a rush of smoky, almost savory, aromas and flavors.  The distinctive campfire smokiness of a rauchbier lingers and begins to reveal the rich and velvety malt smoothness of a double bock with notes of toffee and caramel.  This roguish brew transforms from its bold start to a hearty and satisfying finish.

The smokiness and malty sweetness of this brew works perfectly with classic German dishes like sausage, smoked meats.  The flavors play off of each other without being overpowering.

Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops
Malts: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60, Munich, and Smoked Malt
Yeast: Samuel Adams lager yeast
Original Gravity: 22.5 Plato
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 25
Alcohol by volume: 9.4%
Format: 22oz bottles
Seasonality: Limited

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