olio (8877) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle @ Timo A.
Rated on 20110627.
Pours clear dark red color with small head. Aroma of very strong smoky ham, sweetish malts and dark fruit notes. Flavor of ham, mild liquorice notes and malts. Slightly bitter palate and even some sourish notes. Nice smoky brew but doesn’t quite meet my expectations.
flemmingwillum (1168) - Nysted, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #734, bottle from Fish N’ Beer. Lighter appearance than expected and ok head. Aroma is quite subdued, smoke, caramel and malts. Flavor is smoky at most, but also caramellish and sweet malty. Only a touch of the bitter finish, and alcohol is very subdued for the 8%. Round and thick palate.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from knightly spirirts. FL VC #21. amber small white head. low carbonation. big smoke nose. well made bock with nice smokey accent. not my fav from this brewer.
drjay44 (3301) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, lasting ivory head, over a clear light brown (SRM 17) body.....nose is light smoke, toffee/caramel....taste is smoke, toffee/caramel, hints of sweetness, finishing with a light bitterness....mouth feel medium, carbonation low. This is a milder smoke than others from this brewery. It is a pleasant, easy drinking beer. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy brownish orange with a small bubbly off-white head that doesn’t last long. Even though they have used a different wood to smoke the malt this still has that particular smokey aroma distinctive to this brewery with notes of smoked ham, ash, caramel, beef jerky and almonds. Flavour is about the same as the aroma: smokey, meaty, nutty, malty and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is thick and oily with restrained soft carbonation and a long smokey finish. Despite being a fan of the beers from Schlenkerla, I have to say this one really comes together: superbly balanced with perfectly integrated alcohol and exhibiting the best flavours and aroma this style has to offer.
trevor211 (1584) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoooo boy! This is a full rack of baby backs in a glass. Deep amber pour, with a fizzy, dissipating head. Serious smoke on the nose, with cured meats that make this really smell like a butcher shop. Burnt brown sugar and molasses lie behind, lending a note not too unlike a good scotch. Thick mouthfeel, with just enough carb to keep it from being sticky, and the style (smoked doppelbock) keeps it just a bit on the sweet side. Guess that makes this a Kansas City brew, not a Carolina brew. This beer makes me want to develop a drawl, then undercook and devour a giant steak. Ron Swanson doesn’t always drink beer, but when he does, he prefers the Schlenkerla.
doublebock (548) - California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color with a little white head. Big aroma of bacon. Heavy smoky malt flavor but can’t really pick up the doublebock profile. Was hoping for some more maltiness to counterbalance the smokiness.
Beerdrinker79 (1978) - Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9 oz. bottle- Pours autumn amber with a thin off white head that reduces immediately to a collar, there is sediment floating around. The aroma is smoked pork, very campfire like, I love that aroma. The taste is similar, it tastes like ham, smoked ham, wood, malt presence, dry ash. Body is medium, carbonation is medium low. Overall I really liked this beer, a meal in a glass.
andyhwcinc (1803) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at Armanetti’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a cold early May Friday afternoon before seeing the Avengers. I tried to get this when I was at Schlenkerla in Bamberg, but found it in a store near home thousands of miles from there. Go figure. Appearance is a very cloudy golden amber with a very small white head that rims around the glass. Aroma is very burnt, almost more burnt than the marzen, more of a ham presence than bacon, kind of smells like a burned out campfire the following morning. Taste is definitely potent, not as smoky as the marzen in flavor, it’s still pretty smooth. I’m convinced that ham fat is brewed into the beer. It’s not particularly malty but there is a presence of malt. This is an excellent beer, one of the best doppelbocks I’ve had for sure.
arminjewell (9233) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 500 mL bottle is dark reddish with thin off whtie head, aroma is a smack in the face of smoke, oak, woody notes, hints of chocolate, bacon and campfire, salty pork and slight caramel. Taste is much more balanced, sweet caramel covered bacon, earth, dark cocoa powder, big campfire and salt pork notes, finishing fairly sweet, dries out well. Holy moly, I have been missing out.