adnielsen (10089) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2012 Bottle @ Hessen Haus (and now multiple bottles at home including a bottle courtesy of doodler for my 28th birthday, grazie Scott!). Dark orangish brown appearance. Smoky, fatty fucking meaty aroma with tons of smoked ham. Rich, dark caramel malty, big smoked, glazed ham/meaty flavor that’s somewhat spiced but super smooth. Some toffee, light maple syrup, a bit of chocolate, and lots of caramel. Meaty aftertaste. Super easy to drink and really no noticeable sign of the 8% abv. Pure goodness. I love you, sexy.
Previous scores: 3/26/11: 4.3, 3/28/12: 4.5, 5/23/12: 4.6
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer is a pretty clear gold with a white head, decent head and retention.
The aroma is awesome, just what you’d expect. Tons of smoke and pork, just like it should be.
The taste is like the aroma, tons of smoke and pork, mixed with some light grass. It is wonderful and way to easy to drink.
AshtonMcCobb (3930) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2011 Re-rating - less fruity on the taste this time, but major smoked beef thing going on. Overall, better than the last time.
Previous rating 26/03/11 6+5+7+3+10= 3.1
500ml bottle. Beautiful cherry cola colour with gentle carbonation and a nice head. The nose is malty with smokey bacon and salami notes. The taste is full flavoured with gammon and fruits. The palate has a big structure, it is rich and complex throughout and has a long finish, though it doesn’t clean. Overall, this is a great beer, especially with food. However, it is so rich that I would definitely not want a second.
PhillyBeer2112 (2641) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
They snuck this one in on me, saw it on the shelf and had no idea it existed before then! Pours a bright golden-amber color, clear, but no head, large bubbled carbonation is light. Aroma is just beautifully smoky, reminds of campfire and my grandmother’s burned down house. Only hints at salami type meatiness. There is a light toffee behind it. Flavor is more on the toffee type melanoidin malts, maybe a little flabby, with the smoke coming up behind. Finish is light and undercarbonated with alot of lingering sweetness and smoke.
Marko (4301) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from ogivlados trade with shrubber85 (huge thanks!)
Ooh, I was so looking forward to this one. Heller just owns. Anyway, this started off well with a superb red-amber colour topped with a white head. A sublime smoked ham, no, panceta nose, slightly buttery, ending in bubblegum... whoa. The taste was a bit of a letdown after that, an attack of sweet maltiness carrying with it that same lovely panceta smokeyness, but going nowhere. So yeah, the smokey notes are lovely as usual and it turned relatively balanced in the end, but I was expecting more... Obviously, it’s still an above average smoked, and I’d definitely have it again. But after some other beers they make.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Rating #238. Clear copper pour with a big bubbly white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Nice smoky aroma, almost like a nice smoked fish. Big smoke in the flavor as well, it’s about the only flavor I can pick out actually, but not bad. (1511)
TBone (14175) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 500ml (from Utobeer, 3.50£, BB 08/2011)
Clear deep copper color, small white head. Smokey typical Schlenkerla-nose. Medium to full-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smokey, sweetish malty flavor. Combination gives hints of licorice in the finish. Quite strong alcohol presence, but otherwise much "easier" beer than normal Maibock or Urbock.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with white head. Smells of smoke, some sweet malt. Tastes of caramel, smoke, pepper, dark fruit, some underlying bitterness on the finish. Full bodied.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of chipotle and caramel. Appearance is red and clear with medium carbonation. Tastes of bacon, pine, and smoke. I do not like this at all. If you like the taste of burning peat, this may be the beer for you.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Date: 3/6/2011 Source:Other Smoky caramel aroma. Clear copper golden with small white head. Smoky bacon with bready biscuit malts. Sweet with touch of spicy hop notes. Medium to full body and mouth feel. Finish is sweet bready and smoky. I like it a lot.