NPRugby11 (219) - New York, USA - JAN 5, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Magnificent, smoky with honey oak sweet taste, I would ascribe this to be maple-cured bacon on the list of Schlerkerla beers.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pint 0.9 fl oz of beer. Smoke! A thick bonfire-like smokiness fills the room right away once this one is poured. All in a very positive way mind you, as to me there’s really not too much roasted pork in the aroma. The smoking woody oak tree notes really take over, but also some caramel and grain malts with decent dose of earth as well. On the pour, a thin layer of white bubbling cream head, little retention, and a light auburn, bright, clear, and lightly carbonated appearance. The body is nicely creamy and medium bodied. I was expecting it to be a bit more chewy, but actually turned out to be nicely drinkable. Light sweet fruits start in the beginning, with strong smoked wood and earth taking it through the end. Well balanced as a result and pleasantly bitter. Other notes of toffee, cookies, medium grain malts and light burned grass. I think the smoked notes work quite well with the doppelbock style. Easily one of the best smoked beers I have had.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of Bamburg wood, smoke, band-aid, and oak. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium spicy. Tastes of wood, smoke, oak, bacon, smoked cheese, smoked meat, and slight caramel. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Smoke, oak, wood, smoked meat, slight bacon, and hit of caramel finish. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Like drinking liquid smoke.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a sweet smoky caramel nose with a touch of sea salt. Starts with a good toasted malty fullness and sweet caramel notes with a complex smoked oak flavor and light noble hop bitterness before a smooth balanced finish. A very flavorful and quite drinkable brew. Perhaps not as smoky as the Urbock, but more balanced.
pilsnerrogge (2410) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, deep amber colour with a fine head. Campfire aroma. Dry flavour of bacon and burning wood leading to a somewhat sweet and warming finish.
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle. Clear golden brown with pink highlights and a sudsy white head. Nose is kippers with apple and hay. Medium body with light carb. Taste is malt, nougat, clove and ham. Smoke is complimentary throughout; overall a bit too sweet.
caesar (4711) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled @ in de Wildeman. Dark color, short head. Great smoked aroma, bacon, soft roasted malt, only a slight hint of oak. It seems a bit softer than the regular rauchbock, but the smokey notes from the Schlenkerla beers are just so perfectly clean and balanced. Stunning beer again!
Marsiblursi (2983) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours clear dark amber with a sand coloured head. The aroma is smoky, but softer than the other Schlenkerla beers. Clear tones of campfire smoke alongside more subtle meaty/sausage/fish-like notes. A light sweetness from the malt is notable. Herbal, light grassy hops way in the background. Elegant and Lager clean nose. Whisper of honey, wet asphalt, wet forest, doughy white bread, wood shop and dried fruits. Complex nose (for a smoked beer). The flavour is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tones of smoke, herbal/grassy hops, dried fruits and bread. The flavour is bit more one-dimensional if you compare it to the aroma. The mouthfeel is clean, soft and smooth with a light sticky touch. Light to medium carbonated. Smoke lingers. Medium to full bodied. Clean end elegant, somewhat like a smoked champagne.
bierkoning (9822) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Quack-Duck, thanks! Dark brown color. Oak, malt and smoked sausage in the aroma. Malty sweet, oaky flavor with loads of Hema smoked sausage. Hint of peach. Long aftertaste. Very well balanced and likeable brew.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 Dark amber color, translucent with a decent beige head. Nose is a bit more grainy and leafy than other Schlenkerla, still nice smoke but not as thick or immediate. The smoke flavor also lays off a bit at first, way more caramel and earth at front palate, then a wave of malt, leaf, bubblegum mid-palate, then finally some lasting hints of lingering citrus, and alcohol in the finish, leading to medicinal notes. Moderate-full body, sweeter than most Schlenkerla leading to more complexity from the less amped, more balanced smoke, one that I enjoy less but still find fantastic. The finish is long-lasting smoke. Damn good, not my favorite, but fantastically enjoyable while remaining subtle.