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.
olsvammel (3803) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. It poured a clear dark golden liquid with a medium sized dirty white head. Flavour of smoke, ham, wood, fur, wet animal, tar, smoked ham and old boat. Fat and smooth mouthfeel with a medium thick body and low amount of carbonation. This one was packed with smoke and allot of flavour I relate with a life in the forest or on a boat. However I felt that the smoke was a bit too overpowering.
EithCubes (5156) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Finally, a bottle. Nose is strong woody smoke, campfire and pig-roast analogies aside, just bursting out of the bottle, as always. Sweet malt swirling in there as well, alcohol is subdued. Amber-copper pour with an ephemeral head. Taste has low bitterness, light to medium sweetness, and they’re nicely balanced. All sorts of bready and crackery notes toward the end, along with that ever-present smoke (but different smoke from what I’m used to from Schlenkerla, getting a little toward fish). Smooth, rich obese body with a touch of alcohol wallop for good measure. Just layers of malt for the tongue to sift through. Touch of hoppy spice from the bright and lively additions, and another spicy note that suggests a dash of rye. Even smaller touch of lagery citrus and crispness. Super mellow and rewards the search for complexity - an immediate favorite!
NPRugby11 (219) - New York, USA - JAN 5, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Magnificent, smoky with honey oak sweet taste, I would ascribe this to be maple-cured bacon on the list of Schlerkerla beers.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pint 0.9 fl oz of beer. Smoke! A thick bonfire-like smokiness fills the room right away once this one is poured. All in a very positive way mind you, as to me there’s really not too much roasted pork in the aroma. The smoking woody oak tree notes really take over, but also some caramel and grain malts with decent dose of earth as well. On the pour, a thin layer of white bubbling cream head, little retention, and a light auburn, bright, clear, and lightly carbonated appearance. The body is nicely creamy and medium bodied. I was expecting it to be a bit more chewy, but actually turned out to be nicely drinkable. Light sweet fruits start in the beginning, with strong smoked wood and earth taking it through the end. Well balanced as a result and pleasantly bitter. Other notes of toffee, cookies, medium grain malts and light burned grass. I think the smoked notes work quite well with the doppelbock style. Easily one of the best smoked beers I have had.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of Bamburg wood, smoke, band-aid, and oak. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium spicy. Tastes of wood, smoke, oak, bacon, smoked cheese, smoked meat, and slight caramel. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Smoke, oak, wood, smoked meat, slight bacon, and hit of caramel finish. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Like drinking liquid smoke.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a sweet smoky caramel nose with a touch of sea salt. Starts with a good toasted malty fullness and sweet caramel notes with a complex smoked oak flavor and light noble hop bitterness before a smooth balanced finish. A very flavorful and quite drinkable brew. Perhaps not as smoky as the Urbock, but more balanced.
pilsnerrogge (2577) - Finspĺng, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, deep amber colour with a fine head. Campfire aroma. Dry flavour of bacon and burning wood leading to a somewhat sweet and warming finish.
TheEpeeist (3446) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle. Clear golden brown with pink highlights and a sudsy white head. Nose is kippers with apple and hay. Medium body with light carb. Taste is malt, nougat, clove and ham. Smoke is complimentary throughout; overall a bit too sweet.
caesar (5504) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled @ in de Wildeman. Dark color, short head. Great smoked aroma, bacon, soft roasted malt, only a slight hint of oak. It seems a bit softer than the regular rauchbock, but the smokey notes from the Schlenkerla beers are just so perfectly clean and balanced. Stunning beer again!