ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours out in a clear amber colour with a small white head. Big intense smoke aroma of ham, tar, bacon, oak and salt. Nearly full-bodied with strong notes of wood, bacon, salt, licorice and ham. Long Smokey finish of bacon, oak and mild alcohol. Not complex but will calm down most "smoke-heads".
jacobwennbom (352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much to say but this: this is liquid smoked chese in a bottle. Looks good too! Dark golden, unlasting head. Leavs no lacing.
Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
5th Epic and Rare, courtesy of dkachur I believe. Amber appearance. Flavor and aroma match - sausage. Pure smoked sausage. A little bitter on the finish. Another beer from these guys I can respect but not really care for.
emacgee (3746) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks turdferguson for sharing. Pours a clean light copper with a thin offwhite had. Nose is rich and meaty, nice smoke character and sweet malt profile. Rich and dextrinous flavor with a fantastic integration of smoke and malt. Medium hop bite and spicy alcohol.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate. Cask at Pigs Ear.
Deep russet brown colour with a thin off white head. Epic Schlenkerla smoky goodness. Thick and chewy doppelbockiness with a good stinging bitterness from the smoke and some glorious fruit and a hint of sour madness. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliannnnnnnnnnt.
Arayaga2 (1710) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy caramel color at first, then turning mostly transparent with a coarse white head. Aroma is phenolic and caramel with woody band-aid. Taste is the same with a maple syrup sweetness and heavy band-aid into the finish. $5/500ml
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Yet another Schlenkerla. I haven’t rated all of the locally available ones as I am not a big smoked beer fan. I rate this one on blind faith...and objectively. Pours with a hazy deep golden to very light amber body and a frothy white head. Aromas of ...SMOKE..big surprise. BBQ, jerky, bacon fat, charcoal briquettes, maple, oak, flint, pencil, honey. Not my thing to be perfectly honest. I’ll still try to rate as objectively as I can. Honey, hay and smoke, light bacon fat, bbq, campfire, oak, honey. Shockingly drinkable for a smokey beer. Lots of rich, caramel, wood, and fire notes. Bacon fat. Tasty. Medium bubbles. Good. Light bubblegum and caramel finish.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA, shared at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours a clear amber color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of big smoke notes. This is a meaty one. Some caramel and toffee malts also. The taste is caramel, toffee, raisin and a strong smoke finish. Medium bodied. Pretty nice. Yay, I’m at 100% for Schlenkerla!!!
Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2010 From the wood @ Schlenkerla! where it is served in an unmarked goblet, like a wide tulip, and really comes across as a Belgian Christmas beer in character. No one in the Ausschank is drinking it, it seems "too sweet" and something for foreigners...anyway, it is red and lighter in hue than the other Schlenkerla beers. Initially giant head but doesn’t leave as nice lace as the normal beer...still gorgeous holiday hue, 4. Aroma, mellow, smooth, handsome but shy 9. Oily, thick palate, moreish for sure--on a beer this strong it’s a 5. Not hot at all! Not head-splitting. Really smooth and mellow. Happiness! Subdued smoke, subtle enough for a wimp and assertive enough for a pro. Very woody. Well-integrated flavors overall. Any lingering mature malt sugars transmogrify into dry smokey wood. Sophisticated yet fun and yummy 10. One of the best Christmas beers ever, 20.
AR (937) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of bacon when poured. Medium amber appearance with a relatively small head. The flavor is wonderful. Primarily that of smoked ham, but also bacon and roasted beef. Medium-bodied and smooth.