Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Beer Review: NOLA Brewing Smoky Mary

So I have already written about NOLA Brewing's Smoky Mary once already. But you guys have been asking my thoughts on the beer itself. Today I had a chance to try the actual product that will be distributed to the general public so I felt this was a good time to review the beer. This beer will officially release September 6th.

Let's quit all this talking and get to the review:

Brewery: NOLA Brewing

Beer: Smoky Mary

Style: Rauchbier(as per brewery)

ABV: 5.3%

Louisiana Availability: Yes after 9/6

Price Range: $6

Appearance: Had this on tap at the brewery. Poured a nice golden amber with little to no head. Lacing present throughout however.

Smell: Nice aroma of toasted bread, caramel and an ever so subtle smell of smoke.

Taste: Nice malty sweetness which is balanced perfectly with a slight smokiness. Didn't really detect a whole lot of hop bitterness. Maybe a slight hoppiness but your mouth is drawn to the smokiness of the beer more than anything. A lot of "smoked" beers are just too much. Thankfully this one is not assertive and is an easily drinkable "smoked" beer. It's like they smoked an Oktoberfest style beer only it's an ale not a lager. Confused? Me too. Either way it's a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Once again NOLA Brewing continues to amaze with their specialty beers. Would love to see this one in 22oz bottles!

Score: 4.5 out of 5 Buddhas Photobucket


The Beer Buddha


Anonymous said...

Does NOLA do bottles?

The Beer Buddha said...


No NOLA does not bottle. They are scheduled to start canning however sometime in the fall.



Eric Ducote said...

Complete with the Parish Brewing shirt. Well played, sir.