caesar (5468) - 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!
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours clear dark amber with a sand coloured head. The aroma is smoky, but softer than the other Schlenkerla beers. Clear tones of campfire smoke alongside more subtle meaty/sausage/fish-like notes. A light sweetness from the malt is notable. Herbal, light grassy hops way in the background. Elegant and Lager clean nose. Whisper of honey, wet asphalt, wet forest, doughy white bread, wood shop and dried fruits. Complex nose (for a smoked beer). The flavour is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tones of smoke, herbal/grassy hops, dried fruits and bread. The flavour is bit more one-dimensional if you compare it to the aroma. The mouthfeel is clean, soft and smooth with a light sticky touch. Light to medium carbonated. Smoke lingers. Medium to full bodied. Clean end elegant, somewhat like a smoked champagne.
bierkoning (10745) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Quack-Duck, thanks! Dark brown color. Oak, malt and smoked sausage in the aroma. Malty sweet, oaky flavor with loads of Hema smoked sausage. Hint of peach. Long aftertaste. Very well balanced and likeable brew.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 Dark amber color, translucent with a decent beige head. Nose is a bit more grainy and leafy than other Schlenkerla, still nice smoke but not as thick or immediate. The smoke flavor also lays off a bit at first, way more caramel and earth at front palate, then a wave of malt, leaf, bubblegum mid-palate, then finally some lasting hints of lingering citrus, and alcohol in the finish, leading to medicinal notes. Moderate-full body, sweeter than most Schlenkerla leading to more complexity from the less amped, more balanced smoke, one that I enjoy less but still find fantastic. The finish is long-lasting smoke. Damn good, not my favorite, but fantastically enjoyable while remaining subtle.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
20101229 500ml bottle from Honeygo. Light motor oil amber with thin beige head. Pretty average looking beer, but that’s where it ends. Aroma is smoky, heh. Well, in fact it’s one of the more intense and complex smoky aromas I’ve come across in a while. More of a brine and woodsy smoke with this beer, and with a great hoppy interplay that adds some herbs and late hay. There is less of the (typical) Schlenkerla smoked meat (hate that analogy) and yet it’s just as smoked. Gorgeous. Medium bodied with soft eff and a lingering bitterness that begins mid-palate and sticks around with a grassy, herbal, mildly woody note. Late leather and some alcohol, quite warming, savory, damn. This is one warmer that I just want to guzzle. Fantastic stuff. Sheesh, I bought three but I’ll definitely need to load up on this one.
Hair6a11 (1394) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; Pour is clear copper with amber highlights. The Off white head died immediately, unfortunately. Everything I was expecting on the nose; Ham Roasts and Campfire, Caramel Malts and oak. This is certainly the best Aecht brew I’ve had - it just works or fuses the best; oak, smokiness, roasted ham, campfire, caramel malt sweetness, with a tingling on the tongue. Rounded off with the hallertau - but it takes a backseat to the rest. Excellent really!
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at In De Wildeman, Amsterdam. Red, brown colored brew. Very intense, smoked aroma, burning wood. Aroma fades rather quick. Flavor has a good amount of smoke too, malty sweetness, caramel and bacon. Nice.
LoFi (1637) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2011 Bottle. Amber with a white head. Aroma: sweet, smoke, campfire. Taste. sweet malt, fresh fruitiness, great subdued smokiness that isn’t meaty at all, salt, some candy, caramel, low bitterness, but there is some acidity in the finish. There is also kind of a juniper smokiness that reminds me of my childhood fishing trips (korv grillad över enris). Medium-bodied with noticable carbonation. Really good!
Bottle with best before date a month ago, still as good. Some more tar in the aroma, more salt and smoked meat in the taste. Not sure if this has changed over time, I won’t change my original notes.
MarinaMarket (215) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of smoke, malt, and raw grain. Pours copper with light tan head that dissipates quickly. Palate is thin yet a bit oily, like bacon grease. I was expecting a harsher smoke flavor, but this beer is very well balanced and almost subdued considering other Aecht Smoked beers. Starts sweet and smokey and finishes with a nice bittering but NOT overly so. This is a special beer in the smoked catagory. Very enjoyable, with a little bit of "holiday" coming through. I think this is my favorite from Aecht Schlenkerla! Tasted @ 50F.
jerohen (2046) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled from Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Cola colored, brown head. Very smoky nose (duh), wood-notes, malts, perhaps some wheat shining through. Smooth malty and smoky flavor, some liquorice, caramel, sweet initially which later on becomes more bitter. Excellent developing, complex and long-lasting finish, very nice. Similar to all of the Schlenkerla beers this is an outstanding brew. A bit too sweet for me in flavor, but its extended complexity makes this a good addition to the other rauchbiers from this brewery.