Our BrewView on Unibroue’s Raftman was originally published on July 27, 2015.
Brewed since 1995, Raftman was one of the first Quebec beers to be made with smoked malt.
Unibroue introduced Raftman to the Quebec market in March 1995. This coral-hued beer has a unique taste that combines the smooth character of smoked malt whisky with the flavours of fine yeast.
With this product, Unibroue commemorates the legendary courage of the lumberjacks and log drivers of yesteryear. During their long months away from home, these hardworking men would get together and settle their differences over beer and whisky, which are both made with malted barley. Unibroue hit on a great idea by deciding to marry these two flavors.
STYLE: Unibroue-style Peat-Smoked Whisky Malt ale. 5.5% ABV.
APPEARANCE: Deep red amber. Creamy dense 3-finger height off-white colored head. Soapy lacing on the sides of the glass as the liquid is consumed.
AROMA: Peat smoked malt, red apples, caramel.
FLAVOR: Smoked whisky, caramel covered apples, spices.
MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied, the carbonation level is mild. The smoked whisky notes linger gently, not overpowering.
IMPRESSION: Another of Unibroue’s beers that we haven’t tasted since 2015, this beer is a must for those who are also Scotch whisky devotees. Pair with smoked cheeses, meats, and a fine cigar.