rederic (3188) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, amber-copper color, with a small bubbly beige head, with a nice smoked, toasted,biscuity, caramelized, bread malty nose, with some smokey ham, meaty, smoked mussel, toffee, brown sugar, sugar pie accents, and a Grahamís cracker, sponge toffee, caramel chip cookie dough, subtle fruity yeast, earthy smoked peat moss note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a warmth sweet toasted, biscuity, caramelized, bread, smoked malty, toffee, fruity yeast, dark dried fruit character, with some smoked ham, smoked mussel, sugar pie, caramelized breadcrumb, fruitcake, sponge toffee, faint Grahamís cracker, brown sugar flavours, leading towards a warming toffee, caramel brown sugar, biscuity, caramelized, toasted, bread, smoked maltiness finish.
gegwilson (1679) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the National Winter Ales Festival. Pours amber with a thin cream head. Light smokey aroma. The flavour starts sweet with caramel notes and a big lingering smokey bacon finish. Very smooth feel. Lovely.
MarkoNm (1019) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - FEB 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark amber/coppery color, topped with a fairly small white head. Smokey aroma is not too strong, but still very easy to pick up. The taste is slightly sweet and very smokey (bacon quality), a bit too strong on the smoke-side for me, but still easily drinkable.
Sjohnh (329) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wasnít sure where this would pitch between a dopplebock and a smoked beer. Unsurprisingly given the maker it leans more towards the latter but this is far from a one dimensional beer. Itís dark amber, verging on brown, with the slightest of white heads. Thick and creamy texture. Nose is very smoky and meaty; taste is more of a blend of smoky wood and sweet malt. The alcohol comes in part way through but not in an overpowering way, and there is a really pleasant dryness to the finish. Great.
revolution2718 (305) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear amber, minimal head. Smells like oak smoke, ham, charcoal grill. Taste matches, quite smoky, smoked meats, finishes a bit bitter. Good, not as good as marzen.
bakulator (31) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear brown color, medium fast diminishing head. Full bacon, smoked ham aroma, deep and rich, 3rd best rauchbier ever:-)
Pedrens (102) - SPAIN - FEB 17, 2015
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pufff una buena doppelbock pero con la q para mi gusto se han pasado con el humo...huele casi solo a humo y sabe a humo con algo de dulce de la DB...no me ha molado nada. No me he podido terminar ni la mitad...no es para mi
deanso (6085) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Paas monthly tasting.
Smokey aroma. No head. Clear amber pour. Lots of bacon/smoke in the aftertaste.
Stuedmaster (295) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of caramel malt, honey, and smoke. Dark amber pour with a small white head that leaves lacing. Rich, sweet flavor with a creamy mouthfeel and the right amount of smoke. Has a meaty taste, like smoked salmon. Has a smooth, sweet, refreshing palate, with a slight amount of tartness. This would pair well with many kinds of food, an excellent rauchbier.
teromous (114) - - FEB 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark transparent bronze and brown colored body with a fluffy off-white eggshell colored head that stands up pretty good.
Aroma: Smells like smoked sausages, a bit of rosemary, and a spicy clove scent. I feel it is important to note that the label does state "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke" and the back explains that the malt is kilned with oak wood, which would explain the smoked sausage aroma...so itís not a bad thing. It reminds me of summer campfires and cookouts. Itís hard to explain why the aroma is so unique and pleasant...it just is.
Taste: Wow there is this caramel sweetness mixed with a hint of smokey flavor. Itís not as rich as I would expect from a Doppelbock...a bit thin, but still tasty. Most of the flavor comes from the smokey presence.
Mouthfeel: Despite the smokiness it is not bitter or acrid which is a plus. It does feel rather thin for a Doppelbock, but it is smooth.
Overall: Itís a very nice and unique beer especially if you consider the smoke flavor and aroma. For this reason alone I would say give it a shot. Itís not the malty sweet caramel Doppelbock you are probably used to, but it is its own beast. The spicy quality of the beer wins a merit on their own. This is a great beer to pair with food. Have fun with it.