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.
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
20101229 500ml bottle from Honeygo. Light motor oil amber with thin beige head. Pretty average looking beer, but thatís where it ends. Aroma is smoky, heh. Well, in fact itís one of the more intense and complex smoky aromas Iíve come across in a while. More of a brine and woodsy smoke with this beer, and with a great hoppy interplay that adds some herbs and late hay. There is less of the (typical) Schlenkerla smoked meat (hate that analogy) and yet itís just as smoked. Gorgeous. Medium bodied with soft eff and a lingering bitterness that begins mid-palate and sticks around with a grassy, herbal, mildly woody note. Late leather and some alcohol, quite warming, savory, damn. This is one warmer that I just want to guzzle. Fantastic stuff. Sheesh, I bought three but Iíll definitely need to load up on this one.
Hair6a11 (1268) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; Pour is clear copper with amber highlights. The Off white head died immediately, unfortunately. Everything I was expecting on the nose; Ham Roasts and Campfire, Caramel Malts and oak. This is certainly the best Aecht brew Iíve had - it just works or fuses the best; oak, smokiness, roasted ham, campfire, caramel malt sweetness, with a tingling on the tongue. Rounded off with the hallertau - but it takes a backseat to the rest. Excellent really!
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at In De Wildeman, Amsterdam. Red, brown colored brew. Very intense, smoked aroma, burning wood. Aroma fades rather quick. Flavor has a good amount of smoke too, malty sweetness, caramel and bacon. Nice.
LoFi (1522) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2011 Bottle. Amber with a white head. Aroma: sweet, smoke, campfire. Taste. sweet malt, fresh fruitiness, great subdued smokiness that isnít meaty at all, salt, some candy, caramel, low bitterness, but there is some acidity in the finish. There is also kind of a juniper smokiness that reminds me of my childhood fishing trips (korv grillad Ųver enris). Medium-bodied with noticable carbonation. Really good!
Bottle with best before date a month ago, still as good. Some more tar in the aroma, more salt and smoked meat in the taste. Not sure if this has changed over time, I wonít change my original notes.
MarinaMarket (209) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of smoke, malt, and raw grain. Pours copper with light tan head that dissipates quickly. Palate is thin yet a bit oily, like bacon grease. I was expecting a harsher smoke flavor, but this beer is very well balanced and almost subdued considering other Aecht Smoked beers. Starts sweet and smokey and finishes with a nice bittering but NOT overly so. This is a special beer in the smoked catagory. Very enjoyable, with a little bit of "holiday" coming through. I think this is my favorite from Aecht Schlenkerla! Tasted @ 50F.
jerohen (1963) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled from Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Cola colored, brown head. Very smoky nose (duh), wood-notes, malts, perhaps some wheat shining through. Smooth malty and smoky flavor, some liquorice, caramel, sweet initially which later on becomes more bitter. Excellent developing, complex and long-lasting finish, very nice. Similar to all of the Schlenkerla beers this is an outstanding brew. A bit too sweet for me in flavor, but its extended complexity makes this a good addition to the other rauchbiers from this brewery.
leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Copper with a beige bubbly foam. Aromas are toffee and rye malts with smoky bacon crisps and hints of barbecue sauce. Very rich on the nose but not overbearing. Lightly fruity and floral. Flavours are sweet, rich rye with lots of smoke. Apple with peppery, warming alcohol. Some chocolate with yet more smokiness. Easy to drink considering itís strength and character. Very good.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown pour with a clear body and lively carbonation. The aroma is smoked salmon, bacon, charred meats, and all sorts of pleasantly placed smoke characteristics. The flavor holds smoky bready malts with toffee and caramel being most predominant. More smoky wood, campfire, smoked salmon, and bacon comes through. Mild graininess with a slight floral hop bitterness. Palate is medium bodied with lively fine bubbled effervescence and and chewy body. Clean, smoky finish. Another delicious beer from this brewery.
larsniclas (5368) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled from Systembolaget
Deep golden with a small, white head.
Loads of tar. Sweet with oak and som e violet.