Rahr Visionary 2015 (Imperial Smoked Lager)

Rahr’s Visionary 2015 is eminently drinkable and is able to balance a considerable alcohol presence with a good wallop of smoke and just enough sweet to push things into a higher plateau. Done in a rauchbier style, Rahr’s yearly Visionary beer is able to avoid the twin issues of overwhelming smoke and a strong alcoholic bite to create something that is only get better with age. Visionary 2015 pours with a tannish-brown color and a head that disappears as quickly as it originally topped the beer; a stationary glass of Visionary 2015 resembles something more of an elixir than a frothy brew. There is only a little bit of charred oak that can be discerned in the initial nose. An initial sip brings forward bolds malt notes which are honed into something sharper with the aforementioned smoky tastes, before ending with just enough sweetness to bring things back to the start. Continue reading “Rahr Visionary 2015 (Imperial Smoked Lager)”