Skinnyviking (7179) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Medium high fluffy white head. Hazy yellow body. Aroma where the wood competes with the smoke of be the dominent part. The goes for the flavor. Smoke is somewhat subdued but the balance is very good. Alcohol well hidden. Low carbonation. Long aftertaste.
PorterPounder (5654) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 500 ml bottle. Pours a slightly murky dark orange with a thin, but sticky white head that leaves a slight trail of lacing. Enticing aroma of smoked meats and maple syrup - smells like a smokehouse. Flavor is full bodied and bold. Plenty of smoked ham goodness, some sweet molasses, a hint of dates, a hint of wood. Mouthfeel is thick enough to match the flavor. Excellent smoked beer - the smokiness doe snot override the original beer flavor but rather enhances it.
Hermod (3415) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from RexTalionis, thx! Poured copper color with a light beige looking head. Really intense smoke aroma, delicious. The smoked ham flavor is almost covering the rest of the flavors, but I also noticed some wood flavors and sweetness towards finish. Great beer again from Heller, but I prefer the märzen and Urbock over this.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours bright golden with a fully receding off-white head. Notes of smoke, oak, cured meats, earthy, charred toffee, dusty malt. Full bodied lightly sticky with soft carbonation.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a fairly transparent bronze color with thin, bright white suds thrown haphazardly above. RIch, Meaty, and smokey nose with an underlying woody sour twang around the camp smoke edges. The mouthfeel was somewhat syrupy with fairly low carbonation. The flavors were decently smokey but more of a smokey wood flavor than smokey meaty, I would say...I think...I mean, they can interchange, but I’m getting smokey wood more than meat here. Redundancy. Yes. No. Ok. All in All, Flavors are nice enough but I’m neither digging the overall syrupy texture nor the low carbonation, and both of those attributes here are bringing down the experience for me.
RexTalionis (2599) - FINLAND - DEC 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Poured deep copper brown colour with a tan head. Aroma is smoke, smoked beef and charred wood. Flavour is at first very intense smoke and smoked meat. Smooth and as it gets warmer the smoke is still there but not as overwhelming as it was at first. Smoked sweetness detected in the end. A great one.
Skvader (114) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really good smoke beer! The oak notes are very present and gives a new dimension to the smokyness which becomes more reminiscent of smoky Whiskey than of meat and sausages as the original
NachlamSie (2796) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 Bottle from 5 points bottle shop. Had my first bottle a couple weeks back at a better temperature and it was everything I would expect from Schlenkerla. This particular glass I’ve poured myself is a little too cold. It seems sweeter with more vegetal esters and less smokiness, not at all the amazing brew I indulged in last time. I am noticing how low the carbonation is in this. No head remains. As the brew comes up in temp, that lovely campfire, barbecue-like smoke gains strength. This was supposed to be a departure from the marzen or urbock, but it’s not much of one. I certainly can’t complain. The smoke is similar to beechsmoke, still meaty and lingering. This strongly reminds me of their urbock, maybe just slightly fruitier. Absolutely wonderful smoked offering when served closer to cellar temperature.
[November 28, 2013]
Bottle from Argonaut. I am sad to say that it has been far too long since my last taste of Schlenkerla. My recent disappointment in a few American smoked beers lead me to return to the roots of the style. I can safely continue to maintain that Aecht Schlenkerla makes the world’s finest smoked beers with no one else even in contention. I almost weep tears of joy upon sipping this beautiful beer.
Mad_Ferret (658) - SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear quite deep amber colour with off-white soapy head. Aroma is smoky sausage, some fruit and hops. Makes me hungry. Taste is rich sweet, caramel, dried fruit, spicy hops, malty, oily. Warming alcohol that doesnt go over the top. Oh I can definitely see this with cheese.
nickd717 (3562) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. Pours a surprisingly light copper color with a small white head that has average retention. The aroma is smoked ham sandwich on rye, not an uncommon smell for me to pick up in Aecht Schlenkerla beers. Some sweet malty notes back it up. The flavor is rather typical for beers from these guys. Sweet pale malt, caramel, and a hammy intense smokiness. Pretty nice mouthfeel, smooth with medium-plus body and average carbonation. Long smoky meaty finish that sticks with you. Overall, nothing really wowed me, and I’ll say I like the Urbock better.