Lightly soft as it hits the tip of my tongue, the beer feels fairly light and it picks up a prickle of carbonation texture as it flows across my tongue. The beer finishes with a light, palate coating, heft that is caused by sweetly smoky malt character. Quite sweet actually and this helps to balance the smoke much more than the nose might have suggested. Flavors of smoked caramel, some light fruit notes from the sweet grain and a nice toasted grain profile are found here. Even the rich smokiness found here adds to the perception of sweetness, though it never gets cloying, it is most definitely a beer with a bit of heft. Up front the smoke is rich, savory and sweet, but it has a touch of a drying effect on the finish, not enough to clean the palate of the lingering malt sweetness, but enough that it is lightly noticeable.
I am a sucker for Rauchbiers, this one is quite tasty if not particularly unique for the style.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ