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, itís about the only flavor I can pick out actually, but not bad. (1511)
TBone (13851) - 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.
phredrik (1012) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAR 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep chestnut pour. Aroma is obviously smoky. Not a punch in the face smokiness, but rather subtle, still dominating. A bit of grassy hoppiness along with a clean caramel malt body. Taste is also dominated by the smoke, but it is not overly smokey. Itís a good balance between the smoke, a good caramel and biscuity malt body and a clear yeast component that gives the characteristic bock sweetness. Very good.
joeneugs (4143) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear orange/gold with a huge off white head. The aroma is beautiful smoky campfire with hints of bacon, brown sugar and a tiny bit of toasted and caramel malt. The flavor is extremely complex and wonderfully balanced with intense smoked beechwood and oak, brown sugar and caramel flavors come out as it warms. Rich mouthfeel with below average carbonation adding to the depth of flavors. German noble hops are balanced flawlessly with the smoke to add even more complexity and softness to the finish. Just spectacular.
unclemattie (4356) - Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Christmas Smoke. 0.5L bottle. Pours light copper, light tan head. Aroma of smoked fish, campfire, and burned / charred oak. Sticky malt sweetness. Of course a smoked flavor all through the finish. Sweet toasty caramel sugars and smoke. Oaky tannins, wood bitterness. Very soft body, leaves a lingering smoke character, like a tea-wurst, without the meat.
GJF (1364) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I donít know, I guess Iím the wrong person to rate smoked beers. Itís a vegetarian eating bacon in a way. I want to like them because I like smoke flavor, but generally theyíre too much. This one softens as it warms and I grew to like it, but not too much.
crossovert (9095) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 500ml bottle.
It pours a different color than most doppelbocks, it is a heller doppelbock It it a beaut though. t is a clear reddish orange with a foamy, but creamy white head that sticks for a nice while and recedes to some nice lacing.
It smells very smokey with campfire, smoked bacon, and smoked oak. There is a subtle kiss of noble hops hiding in the background.
The taste isnít as smoky as the smell but it is loaded with smoke overtones. This one legitimately has a slight taste of bacon with some syrup. The smokiness is in check, although it lingers with a bit of campfire in the finish. The malts are big and sweet, more so then some of the other Shlenkerla beers and it provides a nice balance to the smokiness.
The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, it makes this one a mouthful, but a pleasant one.
The helles is the only thing better from this great brewery.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-27-2010 04:58:41