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Brewed by Brauerei Heller
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 848   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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While for the classic "Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier" traditionally beech has been - and still is - used, the malt for "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke" is kilned with Oak wood. The resulting Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Malt has a smoother and more multi layered smoky note than the intensely aromatic Beech Smoke Malt. The hence complex smokiness in the "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke" is paired with the multifaceted bitterness of finest Hallertau aroma hops. With 8% alcohol and amber color it matures for months in the deep brewery cellars underneath Bamberg into a special treat for smoke beer lovers. www.Smokebeer.com


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (136) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2015
1 pint .9 oz bottle, poured into a mug at approximately 40 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a clear golden red, almost orange-tinted, and forms quite a thick pale beige head that leaves crazy amounts of lacing as it slowly recedes. Bubbles line the bottom of the glass, and rocket upwards sporadically rather than in columns. Smell: Dark, dank smoke swirls out of the glass, redolent with scents that remind me of a pork shoulder going in my smoker on a spring afternoon. There’s a sweetness underlying the smoke, like caramel. The smoke scent itself, while allegedly oak, reminds me more of burning a mix of peat and hickory. Taste: Oh my, that is a smooth-drinking beverage. The taste opens with a sweet caramel malt that seems to have been aged in oak barrels, which is suddenly overtaken in the middle by the taste of fire-blackened pork still dripping with fat. As it progresses, the meaty essence gives way first to charred and ashy wood, and by the finish, to a peaty soot. While there are allegedly Hallertau hops present, I can find no hop character to this beer (which is a plus for me), beyond the slight earthy-peaty tone to some of the smoke. There is no indication at all that this contains alcohol, just sweetness and smoke. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite drinkable, this feels like silk along the palate. Overall: My first encounter with a Schlenkerla, and assuredly not my last. While the label says "doppelbock", I’d call this more of a rauchbier, as the primary characteristic is the smoke - there’s nowhere near the level of bready, toffee, caramel, nutty, or dark fruit flavors I would associate with a doppelbock, nor the sticky mouthfeel. That being said, it’s quite good for a smoked bier!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Franckg (290) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
Le goût fumé prend beaucoup de place. Malheureusement, le côté sucré de la bière est plutôt caché par ces effluves fumées.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricksta_p (1658) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2015
Aroma of sweet malts, smoked bacon, charred wood, smoked ham. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet with a light bitter finish. This is like drinking smoked pork straight from the barbecue.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
melush (1152) - SPAIN - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle 50cl / Botella 50cl @ Cerveceria Seny. A: Brown / Marron. T/S: Smoked bacon, malt, sweet / Bacon ahumado, malta, dulce.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdiBeer (1806) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Aroma: bacon, smoked sausage, salty. Appearance: clear amber, small, white, creamy head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: sweets intensify, malty, grain, bread, caramel, savoury flavours coming up, bacon and sausages again, medium carbonation, medium body. Overall: fantastic Smoked, big fan of this Dobbelbock variation. Pint at CASK Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petkus331 (314) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Aroma of sweet cereal malts with a gentle but rich smoky background, some prune, and a very mild citrus-oregano hop character. Appears clear copper. Tastes of sweet cereal and caramel with a hint of bacon. Overall, very nice!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bulldogops (1111) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 12, 2015
Rating #1109 - May 29, 2014 - Bottle from CBI. Pours an amber brown in colour with a minimal tan head that fades quickly. Distinct smoky, vanilla/toffee aroma oozes out. Very unique body, medium alcohol warmth, predominant smokiness on the palate tempered with the dry, bitter roast malt character of the stout. Medium alcohol character, especially for 8% - finishes much smoother, rounded flavours compared to other Schenkerla I have sampled. Really good smoked brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerman33190 (62) - FRANCE - JAN 10, 2015
Beautiful rich amber colour, slight head. Aroma is charred wood, over-ripe fruit, banana, charcoal. Great smokey, fruity flavours, like a burnt "dubbel". Palate is rich and smooth. I really wasn’t expecting this to be so sweet and greedy. Much, much less in your face than other smoked beers I’ve tried. This will become a regular in the "cellar".

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (783) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 9, 2015
Color caoba limpio con espuma marfil compacta y duradera. Aromas ahumados muy intensos, con toques especiados más sutiles y un fondo de caramelo. Cuerpo denso, con inicio de dulzor moderado que recuerda al azúcar moreno, al que sigue intenso sabor ahumado y especiado y un final seco sutil.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sharkydodson (478) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - DEC 31, 2014
the aroma is caramel and smokey with some hints of candy... the taste contains, except traditional smoked malt, the notes of oak barrel and some fruity sweetness... smoked sweet and bitter aftertaste...


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