radagast83 (5606) - 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 (10724) - 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.
Tmoney99 (11826) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark copper color with an average light brown frothy head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate woody smoke malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet smoke flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Complex standout beer.
Blairgus (3179) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
light ruby colour, clear with steady bubbles
Aroma is softer than some of the other Schlenkerla beers but it is still definitely smoked meat.
med/ body and pretty fizzy
the background is definitely a doppelbock; alcohol presence, fizzy, rich malt flavours
but the dominant taste profile is the smoked meat. It tastes like a german smoked sausage.
This is perhaps my second favourite schlenkerla, second to their Märzen. I like the higher abv but the smoked sausage nose and taste is slightly softer, probably tempered by the higher alcohol.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap J-Betskis in RAleigh, NC. Clear dark amber pour with a thick off white head. Long lasting and loads of drippy lace. Aroma of campfire, smoked meat and oaky tannins. Flavor follows suite. Another solid smoker from Aecht
Garrat (1304) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 Bottle.Copper red with a large head,aroma of smoky malt wood and sweetness,taste is deep and sweet,smoky and malty,molasses,ashes,dry oak and leather,full and warming,corrr.
tgncc (3005) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is smoky of course, meaty, salty. Very little of the base beer comes through on this. The appearance is a clear amber, white head. The flavor again is smoky, sausage-like, some caramel struggling to poke through, some wood. The finish is salty, smoky, slightly sweet. Medium/thick in body. Interesting.
harrisoni (15009) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle from Utobeer. Mid brown beer with lasting beige head. Oh wow. Just love that aroma. I mean who doesn’t love that? That smoked sausage aroma is just so attractive it makes me tingle in my perineum. But it isn’t stupidly strong, it has perfect balance on the aroma. A little sweet in the mouth from the ABV. But the balance in the mouth is just right. Yes it’s a big tasting beer, but it never runs away with itself. It has some sting on the end from hops and carbonation that balances the smoke and the ABV and the toffee. There is a bit of reminder on the flavour of something you get in a dentist, but you soon ignore that. Incredible really.
islay (1462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9 oz. bottle, consumed on 1-24-11. The aroma is smoky, of course. Bacon and campfire scents. Reminds me of a Caol Ila Scotch. The aroma isn’t as strong as that on the other beers from this brewery that I have tried. Dry, chalky smell. Roasted green grape and sausage scents. The smell isn’t as overwhelmingly awesome as I had hoped, but it certainly is quite good. Pours a gold to light amber color. Surprisingly light in color. Small amount of slow-rising bubbles. Small amount of short-lasting beige head. Smoke hits the palate right away. Fruity, juicy base that reminds of that of an English ale, surprisingly. Chalky, dry smokiness. The taste is closer to what I was hoping for than was the aroma. Meaty and lemon juice flavors. Charred oak-type taste reminiscent of that present in bourbon and rye whiskey. Long, dry, smoky aftertaste. Also a tongue-numbing chalkiness late in the aftertaste. Full body. Could stand to be a bit livelier. Easy to drink. There is a good base beer here topped with good smokiness. My only complaint is that I would prefer it to be smokier still.
madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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