Christian (11421) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Zly Casy. Dark red brown with a lasting off-white head. Wooden and clean smoky aroma. Sweetish malty flavour with intense smoke and again a certain wooden note. Impressive balance in the beer and no sign of the alcohol content.
cmc619 (467) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown with a thin feel as you pour it: the visual experience makes it seem like it’s juice, not beer. Head has to work a bit to get going, then dies pretty quickly. Smell is classic Schlenkerla--over the top smoke and meat. Mouthfeel is very watery. Taste is all raw bacon and smoke. A bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Pretty great flavor, but I wish it had a bit more balls. Definitely easy to drink and I like the woody, peaty, Highland single malt flavors that come through. If you’re a rauchbier person, you’ll like this, though you may think others (including Schlenkerla’s flagship) are better; if not, you won’t.
BeerandBlues2 (10442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper with an average, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, toasted, nutty), light hops (earthy, woody), and light esters (fruity) with notes of wood, smoke, and bacon. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, caramel, toasted, nutty), light hops (earthy, woody), and light esters (fruity) with notes of wood, smoke, and bacon. Medium body, carbonation, and creaminess with low warmth and a medium sweet finish.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange and yellow clear pour. Meaty smoky aroma. Dry flavor with smoke. A bit sweet on the finish. Decent.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smoky nose with some rather medicinal notes and a touch of butter. Tate is lightly sweet with some caramel and some fruity yeast, lots of smoke, some oak notes, and some butter.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark hazy amber, salty smoked meats, caramel malts, little wood, slight tobacco.
BrewBoxer (2332) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ 4th ave pub in brooklyn. This is what a smoked beer should taste like$ much boozier then the others from them, but very good. Smells of smoke, sausage and wood. Tastes like bacon with a hop andmalt finish thats balanced. I dont see how this is a dopplebock, but its a good smoked beer. Im a fan
Dedollewaitor (14258) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Zly Casy, Prague. Pours dark unclear brown with a creamy white head and lacings. Chewy malty. Smoke, caramel, campfire and bacon. Smooth and subdued smoke profile/balanced. Full bodied. Dammn lovely!
radagast83 (5310) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
It’s hard for me to be fair with this one, but I’m simply not that big of a fan of smoked beers but it came in a mixed sampler, so... Aroma was good slightly smoky, notes of bacon smoked meats. Flavor was just too smoky, liquid smoke, smoked meats. I’ll know better and pass from now on.
FatPhil (9904) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 500ml bottle (CWAF2011) - Shared by Toby for the crew - thanks!
8 Stunning sweet mellow bacony aroma. Textbook Schlenkerla, this is what we love.
4 Deep brown, small head.
8 Lovely soft roasty malts. A decent roast, but tones of gently oaky smokiness.
5 Beautifully mellow woody dryness.
16 Superb, but not as good as the unbelievable urbock. Look forward to having this again in quantity.
Rerate: 500ml bottle (Trade from Quack-Duck - thanks!)
(8:4:8:5:16=4.1) Nice to have this in quantity finally. My goodness it’s a tasty one. The tarriness and smokiness is more pronounced in this one, with more of a burnt bite for the full length of the taste. Certainly oakier, a little bit barkier too. Stunning.