IrishBoy (3839) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from Enniskillen, bought at Country Club Liquors. Nose is lightly sweet, smoky, and caramel with a backgoud hint of bubblegum. All nicely light and balanced notes like most overly smoky "smoked" beers. Clear orange with a small yellowish head. Flavor is lightly smoky, caramelized sugar, and a very light bitterness. Finishes with hints of smoke and bitter.
Frank (2887) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was pretty excited to see a Schlenkerla I’d yet to try at my local store and intrigued by the use of oak instead of beechwood in smoking the grain. It is a fairly standard coppery bock color w/ a small white head. The nose is the furthest thing from standard, however. It’s thick w/ musty smoked notes. You can really tell the difference between this and their standard offerings. This feels a bit more nuanced, perhaps a bit floral. This brings to mind aromas of the forest in autumn around a camp fire. The texture is creamy and the touch of alcohol is warm and comforting. I am not sure if my numbers will match up in the end but I think this might be my favorite of the Schlenkerlas.
Meilby (7651) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 500ml @ home
[Courtesy of yngwie] Pours clear dark brown/amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of smoked malt, smoked ham/bacon. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a short to average smokey finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
DruncanVeasey (7203) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handsome, deep chestnut beer with a level cream head. Aroma of meat, leather, smoked gammon, onion sauce- Nana G’s kitchen circa 1985..and other kitchens of my childhood. Chargrilled meat taste lingering with ash; hints of TCP, custard and a lethal creaminess off the oak- some coppery hints in the finish and way more bitterness than the beechwood-smoked Schlenkerlas. Maybe doesn’t quite hit the heights I’d hoped for but still huge, savoury and very, very drinkable chilled..which is what I’m becoming very, very quickly. Pure lederhosen-slapping, goat-beating loveliness....And I applaud the innovation-within-traditional boundaries that updates a world classic without surrendering its essential and unmistakeable Schlenkerla-ness. Hats off.
Nickls (1853) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Finger of foamy white head that disappears quickly on a bright clear amber orange. Deep woodiness, slight oakiness, campfire smoke in the aroma. A strong malty sweetness cuts through the meaty smokiness, and the big smoke, fire, and sausage of others from the brewery are tamed down a bit for this one, but it’s damn good still. Bacony aftertaste with some sweetness following on an oily body with very soft carbonation.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark coppery colored with little yellow head. Strongly rich tar aroma dominates with smoke and sweet fruitiness, nice wooden oaked touch and caramel. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is more dry with tar still dominating, smoke and bacon here strongly as well. Aftertaste dries with some hops, still bacon and smoke here. Just excellent brew.
MiP (13607) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2013 Bottle, 8.0%. Distinct smoke aroma, but not too much, also some malt. Clear brown colour, seems to have a little red. Tan head, semi-frothy and semi-stable. The flavour has a distinct smokiness and a rather sweet maltiness. The finish is drier and perhaps a bit more aggressively hopped than their Rachbier Märzen. Does not really taste 8%, but it is very good.
wxman (1436) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear orange/amber with a substantial, but not big, antique lace head. Aroma is smokey malt. There’s smoke in the taste as well, along with sweet toasted malt, honey, a pleasant grassiness and mild hop bitterness. Alcohol warmth follows the swallow. An exceptional brew!
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml Btl - Really excited to try this, really like the other Aecht Schlenferla Rauchbiers and smoked brews in general. Pours a golden orangeish with a small creamy white head. Nose is huge sharp smokiness, wood, oak, malt, sweetness and maybe a tiny hint of alcohol. Taste is slight malt sweetness upfront which immediately gives way to a sharp long-lasting smokiness with oaky, woody undertones and very subtle earthy hop bitterness at the very end. Aftertaste lasts forever, mouthfeel borders on thick and syrupy, medium carbonation. Incredibly flavorful, the fullness of the mouthfeel is the only clue of the 8% ABV. Surprisingly enough, the smoke and oak blend together perfectly and there is no heat, no astringency, no off flavors at all, can’t believe these flavors meld together this well in such a fresh beer. A truly splendid brew!
EvilBuddha (69) - SLOVENIA - JAN 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml with best before date June 2011 into Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche glass. Pours amber to deep coppery body with reddish hue and good clarity, topped by medium beige dense head with good retention, that clings to the walls.
Aroma is a pleasant balance between malty sweetness and non-harsh, smooth wood &, bacon-like smokiness obtained by oak-wood kilned malt.The smoky curtain is delicate enough to transmit the Doppelbock characteristics of the base beer underneath: rich malty malty sweetness with significant melanoidins and touch of plum and grape-like fruitiness.
The flavor is campfire and bacon-like smokiness which interplays with malty sweetness. The malts show melanoidin qualities accompanied by notes of dark chocolate. Towards the finish emerges peppery spiciness (probably originating from the Hallertau hops used) with moderate hoppy bitterness. No inappropriate harsh, burnt or charred flavors. The finish is semisweet although the smoke reduces the Doppelbock sweetness to some degree by adding some dryness. Medium to full boded with soft carbonation and unbelievable drinkability for a beer of this type, partially thanks to smooth and complex yet not overpowering smoky character.
In short: A fantastic smoked Doppelbock with perfect balance between the smoke and base beer, reflecting the character of both.