maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. A deep reddy brown coloured beer with an off-white puddle of head. A superb smoky aroma with vanila oaky notes. Same in the mouth. Woody and smoky. Bacon like. Full bodied. Alcohol well hidden. A long smoky finish. Very tasty. Intense yet seems to be more friendly than the lower strength Schlenkerla beers.
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle into a Aecht Schlenkerla glass. Pours a nice amber color, lots of head, no lacing at all however. Smells of smoke and bbq. Smoke upfront on the taste, with a litle bit of sweetness in the finish. No alcohol on the palate, very easy drinker for 8%. Quality smoked beer!
DanielBrown (4164) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at GBBF ’11. Smells amazing! Tastes rich smoked genuis. Thin on the finish, but there is more than enough flavour before then.
sactodd (18) - Citrus Heights, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich amber appearance, thin to light body. Off white head quickly diminishes with virtually no lace. Aromas of sweet wood smoke, toasted malts, slight honey. Overall very smooth brew with tastes of sweet and smoky caramel/honey sweetness. The finish is sweet, smooth, and smoky, with a tiny hint of alcohol heat.
chuwy (35) - JAPAN - AUG 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in Yokohama, brought over from London.
I get a fair bit of oak and alcohol in the aroma.
Pours a clear light hazel colour. off white cream head fades fast.
Taste wise, I get a slightly cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, high alcohols and oak are certainly evident. The smoked malt taste quite peaty alos in it’s strength, bordering on harshness. Very sweet (it Is a dopplebock, after all). Sappy sweet - tannins? Bitter finish with smoky oaky malt sweetness. Smoky oaky - I like that.
Soft carbonation, full body, thinnish syrupy mouthfeel.
That oak just seems like oak mixed with sap/syrup and sugar. Weird. I suppose that is what they went for, being a doppelbock (you may tell it’s not my fav style). Would like this one drier on the tongue, personally.
Not enjoying it as much as I’d hoped. I guess beech smoked beers are more my thing. I thought I would go for this one. I’m not sure if the oak is overdone. I think the beer is a tad sweet, even for a doppelbock. Needs a fuller body to back up the sweetness or bump her up to 45IBU.
Improves as shewarms but the oak flavour increases also.
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear golden amber with a moderate tan head that was gone after the second sip and left virtually no lace. Very pleasant aroma that is filled with smoked meat along with a lesser amount of wood smoke and malt. The flavor is similar and delicious with an ample amount of smoked meat and a bit less of wood smoke. Malty as well. Surprisingly smooth on the palate. Really enjoyed this one.
JDBaker11058 (1614) - Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: bright orange, short off-white head, minimal lacing. Aroma: sweet wood smoke, toasted malts, a whiff of vanilla and citrus (!?). Taste: smooth, sweet and smoky, with evidence of toasty brown bread, some light brown sugar, with hints of cherry and (again) a hint of citrus. Finish: mellow, lingering smokiness, with a bit of sweetness and restrained bitterness from the Hallertau hops. Notes: The smoky character of this beer is much more restrained and delicate than in their other variants, but it definitely works. The overall character of the beer is also lighter than what you’d expect in a normal doppelbock as well. It was really good. Would probably be the perfect beer for barbecue, but I had it (wasted it) on pizza.
lusikka (7594) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle.
Pours a beautiful dark brown colour with a small, thick, slightly off-white head on the edges. Aroma of lovely smoked wood, birch leaves, oak and quite heavy malts. Flavour of heavy smoked malts, oak, birch leaves and nuts. 8% abv is well hidden, no hint of alcohol what-so-ever. Full bodied, maybe a tad too thin mouthfeel with a long, smoked malty finish. I must say that this is one heavy beer and has everything that a smoked beer should have. Awesome.
kramer (5431) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful crystal clear reddish amber body under a one finger fizzy off-white head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is as beautiful as ever for a Schlenkerla beer. Sweet and smoky with a very clean aroma. It smells pretty similar as far as the intensity of the smoke goes, but the quality is a bit more delicate. The flavor is sweet up front, fading to a delicate yet intense smokiness. I think I actually prefer the regular version, this one is a little softer and less in your face and not quite as bacon-y. Medium to full bodied with a little bit of clingy sweetness on the finish. Nice soft fizzy carbonation. Still a pretty great Smoked, but I’ll take the regular Marzen.
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear, golden amber with light off white head. Aromas of smoked ham, caramel, honey, roast and wood. Grainy, smoky malts, touch of hop flavour. Finish is semi sweet, lingering maltyness and smoked wood. Very nice.