Bad Tom Smith Brewing Beers
Coal Hearted Killer Russian Imperial Stout
Silky fudge, creamy chocolate, and robust coffee
Pitch black, with a thick, coffee-brown head.
Dark chocolate, roasted espresso beans, and molasses
In the hills of Appalachia, miners excavated coal from the ground while Bad Tom put six men in it. Breathitt County has long been a part of coal country, and its residents certainly haven’t forgotten the atrocities committed by a certain cold-hearted killer. Therefore, we’ve brewed a beer as black as coal and as ruthless as the man himself. Coal Hearted Killer Russian Imperial Stout pours thick and creamy – a pitch-black liquid loaded with rich fudge, chocolate, and roasted coffee. At 11.9% ABV, there can be no mercy. Be on the lookout – a killer is on the loose!
All American IPA
Flavor: Resiny and citrusy, with tropical fruits, caramel undertones, and a brilliantly dry finish.
Clarity: Pours clear and vibrant golden-amber, with a thick and lacing white head.
Aroma: Tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, and a hint of pine.
Here at Bad Tom Smith, we build our beers around the legends and lore of American heroes and villains. As an All-American brewery, it’s our duty to make All-American beer. Take our All-American IPA for example. This vibrant golden-amber liquid comes with an aroma like a shotgun blast of hops to the senses. A cornucopia of tropical fruits, pineapple, and grapefruit welcomes you in as you take your first sip. When it comes to flavor, just let the hops do all the talking. All-American is a citrus forward IPA, but not without a nicely rounded caramel sweetness and a lingering bitterness to boot.
Bad Tom Smith American Brown Ale
Flavor: Nutty and sweet, with caramel and a hint of chocolate.
Clarity: Pours an unclouded, deep amber-brown with a smooth, beige head.
Aroma: Subtle roasted malts, toasted bread, and a notable sweetness.
Bad Tom Smith was a felon and a murderer. He confessed to the killing of six men as he awaited his fate at the gallows, telling the gathering crowd that “bad whiskey and bad women have brought me where I am”. That being said, we hope to do penance for his crimes by making good beer for all the bad whiskey he drank. This includes our flagship beer. Deep within this dark liquid lies the essence of a brown ale: a malty, sweet backbone surrounded by notes of nuttiness and caramel, with just a hint of chocolate. Low hop bitterness balances out the rich body to create a solid, impressionable American brown.
Breathitt County Blonde Ale
Flavor: Slightly malty and bready sweetness with a subtle, refreshingly crisp hop finish.
Clarity: Pours hazy and golden, with a creamy, white head.
Aroma: Floral, with a hint of crisp apples and a biscuity backbone.
Deep in the heart of Eastern Kentucky, Bad Tom Smith was hanged for his villainous ways. To commemorate the county that put Bad Tom to justice, we made an easy drinking blonde ale that pours a golden hue with a creamy, white head. Hallertau hops create a floral aroma as you throw this one back. It may be our lightest offering, but this blonde boasts a sweet, full flavored body with a touch of breadiness. Raise one to Breathitt County!
Fink Red Rye
Flavor: Rich, mouth-coating flavors of toffee and caramel, layered with a tropical, grapefruit zest and a slight spiciness.
Clarity: Pours hazy and reddish-brown, with a fluffy, khaki-colored head.
Aroma: Tropical and fruity, with an abundance of malty sweetness.
Mike Fink pioneered the growing river traffic of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers at the turn of the 18th century. Aptly dubbed the ‘King of the River’, it is fabled that Big Mike Fink could drink a gallon of whiskey and still shoot the tail off a pig at 90 paces. With a big legend comes a big beer. Made with spicy and rich American rye malt, which gives the style its noticeable haze, Fink delivers a malty body teeming with toffee and caramel. Blended with Falconer’s Flight hops to highlight a tropical, grapefruit zest, everything we put in this beer comes together to create a flavor as big as the legend himself.
Old Abe American Strong Ale
Flavor: Sticky honey with dark fruits, citrus, grapefruit, and caramel.
Clarity: Pours slightly cloudy and mahogany brown, with an off-white head.
Aroma: Rich honey, citrus, and floral, with a lemony zest.
Nothing better illustrates American pride and patriotism than the story of Old Abe, an American bald eagle captured by a member of the Chippewa Tribe and traded to a settler in the late 19th century. Named after President Abraham Lincoln, Old Abe went on to see battle in the American Civil War and was later depicted on the insignia of the US Army’s 101 Airborne Division, aka ‘Screaming Eagles’. In order to give this American icon its due, we brewed our full-bodied American strong ale with a full force of American hops – Cascade and Falconer’s Flight. Added late to the boil, this blend of hops accentuates Old Abe’s citrusy and floral taste and aroma. Although it registers at 89 IBUs, the bitterness is balanced with a heaping amount of honey malt, which gives this strong ale its ample body. One sip and you’ll be spreading your wings.
Black Kettle Chocolate Stout
Creamy milk chocolate, fudge, cinnamon spice, and a hint of vanilla.
Pours opaque and onyx-black, with a silky, tan head.
Decedent chocolates, roasted espresso beans, and cinnamon spice.
Chief Black Kettle, peacemaker of the Southern Cheyenne in the mid-1800s, is remembered for both accepting treaties in order to protect his people and his efforts to resist American settlers from the Kansas and Colorado territories. That is, until he lost his life at the hands of General Custer’s troops during the Battle of Washita River. In his memory, we brewed our limited chocolate stout in our very own black kettles. Black Kettle Chocolate Stout is made with roasted barley and chocolate malt, as well as a heaping amount of cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks added to the kettle. It pours the color of onyx, and is topped with a fluffy, tan head. The aroma is reminiscent of roasted espresso beans and decedent chocolate, with a tinge of cinnamon spice. A throwback to our original recipe, Black Kettle Chocolate Stout leaves you in peace with a pleasant, lingering sweetness.
Cheating The Gallows Harvest Ale
Flavor: Freshly-baked pumpkin pie blended with nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice, topped with vanilla and a tinge of chocolate.
Clarity: Pours an unclouded, deep amber-brown with a smooth, beige head.
Aroma: Dominant pumpkin pie spice with subtle roasted malts and vanilla.
Bad Tom Smith couldn’t cheat the gallows, so we made a beer that could. Here at Bad Tom Smith, we infused our brown ale with the flavors that make the holiday season great: cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. We then added vanilla to create the perfect whipped cream topping for this slice of pumpkin pie in a glass. Our seasonal harvest ale can only cheat the gallows for so long, so grab a pint while supplies last!
Events & Weekend Specials
Bad Tom Smith Brewing Tap Room
We all have a story. Bad Tom Smith Brewing starts with an outlaw, a distant relative, and simply ends with the passion we have in wanting to bring you a Bad Ass taste in every Glass of our beers… When trying to define craft beer, each beer lover has a unique interpretation and story of discovery to share. To make a true craft beer definition even more difficult, each individual beer brand is one of a kind. Our craft beers are who we are, lets you know where we’re from, and gives us a chance to hang with you.
In 2015 there have been many other changes with the brewery, with many bigger changes still coming in 2016 and beyond. The brewery has pulled back and started to refocus itself. With a new head brewer, new equipment to focus on quality and consistency and new owners to manage the growth and brand experience from the ground up, the Bad Tom of the past is being turned into a Bad Tom Smith that Cincinnati is ready to rally behind for the future.
We launched a grand re-opening of the taproom experience in late August 2015, which marked the start of the new era of what Bad Tom Smith Brewing will hopefully become. Changes include a new tap bar w/ new bar stools, 10 standing round tables, new lighting, a new 60-inch TV, new merchandising and he same old record player for spinning vinyls. The taproom, 4720 Eastern Ave., has space for about 75 – 80 people.
At the end of the day, we want the focus to be on our beers and a simple, nice atmosphere to get away and enjoy time relaxing with friends and beer.
Part of Bad Tom Smith’s (The Man) story that people dont often talk about, is that at the end of his life, he turned his life over to God. He wanted to repent for the sins of his life, and thus end his life with a story of redemption. In this sense, the brewery is much like the man as we continue to take steps to redeem ourselves in the Cincinnati craft beer market place… one #BadAssInAGlass at a time.