I have a sideline of more exotic beers I’ve purchased to cut my palette and do something a little different between the standard IPAs, Stouts, Porters, and Bocks. Today I’m in need of inspiration, so I’m turning to Ashland brewery Caldera Brewing to challenge me today with Caldera Kettle Series Rauch Ur Bock Smoked Lager.
Caldera Rauch Ur Bock Smoked Lager settled clear in the glass with a orange-brown hue, small off-white head, and healthy carbonation trails. An aggressive aroma of campfire, smoky and meaty, was detectable even as I poured the glass.
Caldera Rauch Ur Bock Smoked Lager opened with a semi-sweet malt background that immediately gave way to an almost metallic, smoky campfire middle carrying some of the initial sweet notes. Even with the long, smoky fade I could still smell the campfire smell every time I exhaled long after I finished the smoked lager.
I left Caldera Rauch Ur Bock Smoked Lager feeling like I had been sitting by a campfire all night. It was an interesting experience, for sure, but I wouldn’t put myself through 22oz. of it again.