phaleslu (5701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a clear copper color with a finger-thick white head that settles into a thin film on the beer. Aroma of smoked pork, wood, campfire, well-done bacon, and burnt sweet toast. Flavor of smoked pork, burnt toast, caramel malts, toasted sugar, peat, nectarine, honey, and corn syrup. The flavor drops out a little from the nose. Medium-full bodied, with a smoky, syrupy mouthfeel and a quick metallic, then lingering smoky finish. Sweet and smoky, and I liked this way more than I expected. All of the Aecht Schlenkerla beers are great, and this and the dunkel are the best.
allfreej (549) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Intensely smoky, camp fire, bacony nose, very inviting, would be great next to some barbequed pork.
Appearance: Amber pour with a fast-fading off-white head.
Taste: Rich caramel malt, smoky, bacony backbone, nicely bitter finish.
Palate: I thought the mouthfeel was pretty thin.
Overall: Very tasty. I really enjoy the beechwood smoked version as well and will probably do a side-by-side comparison to see how the msoke character differs.
CanIHave4Beers (2866) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange with a medium well retained head and some bit of lace. The aroma is very woody and smoky but this is not without a nice dose of fruitiness and some mineral character. The smoke in the aroma is a very sweet smoke I kept thinking of Christmas hams and bacon. The flavor has a nice spicy on smoky character right up front and the fruity almost sweet malt again gives this a cured bacon character.
the beer has a nice dose of bitterness not from any distinct hop likely because of the dominant character of the smoke and malt, er um.. the smoked malt... whatever. Despite the smoke the beer retains the character of a dopplebock almost perfectly with a nice semisweet malt, some spiciness, and a nice creamy texture with just a tinge of warmth from the alcohol. This retains the style on the label far better than say the Marzen or Weizen do, not that that makes those bad beers... I guess it just makes this one all the more remarkable. The beer is nicely full on the palate and the carbonation is low but just right to perfectly present this beer.
craftycarl21 (2115) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear orange amber with minimal bubbly head. Aroma holds phenomenal smoke and oak; not multi-faceted, but beautifully balanced. Flavor is much more subdued, with lighter smoke and wood presence and a touch of sweeter malt. Palate is very light, particularly for an 8% "doppelbock." Very interesting, and tasty, but the combination of styles and how to categorize this is truly befuddling.
Palidor19 (2871) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
the smoke flavor is in your face with long stench of smokey goodness. despite that there is plenty of sweet malts with strong wood flavor, little hops but the taste is ideal with cheeses ad BBQ all the way. not to be drunk by itself.
ContemplateBeer (1405) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of burnt oak, campfire, peat and slight caramel. Appearance is reddish light brown with white head. Flavor matches the nose with a very slight milk chocolate taste. Palate is bubbly and creamy. Good and different on the Doppelbock side of things.
Butters (3658) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The commercial description is spot on. A smoother, creamier version of the rauchbier. I do appreciate anything with smoke, but I still prefer the ’punch you in the face’ aroma and flavor of the marzen and urbock, as oppossed to this mellow, vanilla campfire presented here. The flavor is definitely like licking a burnt piece of wood. Very nicely done.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Copper with a short, foamy white head. Aroma is very appetizing! Barbecue cooking on the pit with pork and sausage smothered in a tomato and brown sugar based sauce. That’s it in a nutshell. Taste is smoky but sweet. Sweet malt, caramel, light bits of brown sugar atop burning wood, barbecued meats and smoke. Body is medium with a very soft carbonation. Ends with more smoke, burnt wood, barbecue, and caramel. This is delicious! It’s unfortunate that this was not out during the summer. Would go perfect with any cook-out.
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is very smokey and if smoke beers are your thing you will love it. I will give it credit for being what it’s supposed to be. The appearance is orange gold with a thin head and has very little carbonation. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin and watery. Overall a smoke beer for smoke beer lovers, which i am not.
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours a clear reddish brown with a dense and stable off-white head leaving some lacework. Sweetish aroma of caramel and baconish smoke. Quite a rich and full body with a solid base of caramel, smoky in a rubbery way with a fairly bitter finish. 141210