BeerSkull (1368) - SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Both the aroma and taste oozes with smoked sausage, smoked ham and roasted (and smoked) malt. A small minus is that the taste gets a little too sour in the long run. But otherwise a great smoke-beer!
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(500 ml bottle from Global Beverage) Pours auburn-amber, bright and clear. Two fingers of level off-white head. Aroma of pure smoked meat - Easter ham and maple-cured bacon. Mouthfeel smooth and meaty. Flavor of sweet smoked goodness over a nice thick caramel malt base. Itís just a great balance here, the smoke is so beautifully integrated, and I love the 8%! A smoke masterpiece.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This hazy amber pour had minimal carbonation. The aroma was of salami, uncooked bacon and other lunchmeats. Itís nice and smokey.
BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in pint glass: Clean medium amber hue with a small and fading head and okay lace. The aroma is what you expected, smoky wood , tobacco and meat vapours run amok along with some nice caramel and pils malt notes. A touch of apple and rum raisin as well. The taste is a moderate smoked meat and earthy overtone with a sweet wood and caramel background. While this beer is a bit one note, it is a note played very well. Much like the nose, there is a subdued fruity quality I like as well. The mouth feel is smooth and a tad oily with an ashy finish, way under carbonated, nearly flat. Overall an okay brew but I prefer the Schlenkerla Fastenbier and Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen much much more, my least favorite of the five Schlenkerla beers I have tried.
Holy (835) - GERMANY - OCT 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle opened at my wifeís 30th birthday party - courtesy of Bierkrug and shared with some locals. Bierkrug warned me that this was a great beer - he was right! This was the surprise of the evening for me, the smoke compliments the DB really well - balance is also good. Nice.
3fourths (8697) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2013 bottle. lightly hazed dull caramel body with a medium-sized off-white head. requisite hearty and slightly-sweet smelling smoked pork belly nose complete with husky cracked and toasted grains, transparent yeast and indiscernable hop aromatics. not having the ruachbier marzen side-by-side i canít make a clear and detailed comparison of the smoked oak vs. beechwood character, but the smoke is hearty and leathery, leaning a bit more towards sweet-glazed smoked meat with a lighter smoked wood / campfire character. medium-full body, moderately chewy with a silken texture across the middle but showing some roughness on the edges. a nice variant from one of the worldís great brewing treasures, but a proper comparison with the marzen and urbock would definitely help dial in the evaluation here.
lachrymalisis (433) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
huge smoke aroma and flavor. the oak comes through in the nose, slighty sweet, light toasty bread, some raisin/dark fruit quality on the tongue. smoky flavor makes you think it should be served warm, which makes the mouthfeel a bit dissonant when consumed. legendary for a reason.
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2011
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very dissapointed in this one. This by far is my least favorite Schlenkerla smoked beer.. NO head, NO lacing, and NO carbonation quickly bring sadness to me. This is quickly exemplified by the poor toasted charcoal bitter flavor of the smoked bock beer. This beer has very distinct alcohol punch, that when combined with the sharpness of the smokiness, creates an overall negative flavor and an even worse lasting palate.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2011
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pint bottle. Snifter. Poured out much lighter in colour than I remembered, now being in a well lit apartment. Nearly clear rust orange colour with a minimal, scummy looking white head. Whatever, I bet this has been sitting on the shelf for some time. An intense smolder overwhelms the aroma, with some red pitted fruits mostly hidden in the background. A bit of licorice, perhaps even a bit of cherry cough syrup impressions come through, as well. The flavour is everything I expected from the nose. Thin bodied and not as severely smokey as the original rauch. Slick in mouthfeel, almost oily and gently carbonated. Earthy notes as well as smoked oak wood, cough drops and soy sauce impressions in the finish. Odd and not pleasant. I do love me some smoked beers, but this one just isnít doing it for me. Based on the appearance of the pour, my guess is this bottle is severely past date. Will definitely re-rate when given the opportunity to taste it fresh on draught.
tiong (5225) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Bierkompass
BBE(?) 06/2011 - Pours dark brown with a medium white head. Aroma has notes of wood, smoke, ash, bacon and malts. Taste is quite sweet with notes of malts, bacon, smoke, oak and vanilla. Smooth, slightly sweet and warming finish. Great, well balanced smoked bock.