Drake (8539) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA, shared at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours a clear amber color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of big smoke notes. This is a meaty one. Some caramel and toffee malts also. The taste is caramel, toffee, raisin and a strong smoke finish. Medium bodied. Pretty nice. Yay, Iím at 100% for Schlenkerla!!!
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2010 From the wood @ Schlenkerla! where it is served in an unmarked goblet, like a wide tulip, and really comes across as a Belgian Christmas beer in character. No one in the Ausschank is drinking it, it seems "too sweet" and something for foreigners...anyway, it is red and lighter in hue than the other Schlenkerla beers. Initially giant head but doesnít leave as nice lace as the normal beer...still gorgeous holiday hue, 4. Aroma, mellow, smooth, handsome but shy 9. Oily, thick palate, moreish for sure--on a beer this strong itís a 5. Not hot at all! Not head-splitting. Really smooth and mellow. Happiness! Subdued smoke, subtle enough for a wimp and assertive enough for a pro. Very woody. Well-integrated flavors overall. Any lingering mature malt sugars transmogrify into dry smokey wood. Sophisticated yet fun and yummy 10. One of the best Christmas beers ever, 20.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of bacon when poured. Medium amber appearance with a relatively small head. The flavor is wonderful. Primarily that of smoked ham, but also bacon and roasted beef. Medium-bodied and smooth.
SSSteve (3768) - - NOV 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. clear bronze/orange under a small, frothy, white head. sweet wood
aroma of white smoke. the flavor is smoke perfection, but a little different than the beechwood they normally use. flavor of toasted marshmallow, smoked apples/pears, smoked pork, paprika, molasses. i canít believe itís 8%. incredibly smooth. moderately sweet. greatness.
CheersMate (1310) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Uber. It was quite diaphanous. Not much of a body on this -- the head was quite thin and wispy. The aroma was exceptional. Smoked jerky, beef, and oak. Good God, this fuckiní beer is pungent, and has all of the right kind of smoky flavors to it. The oak is subtle at times, and other times itís quite noticeable. The texture carries the smoke, char, and oak quite well, albeit, it is a relatively thin texture. This beer leaves a lasting smoky, char, and smoked meat flavor on your tongue. Fuck, this is the best smoked beer that I have tried. Even though my rating might not reflect the aforementioned statement, that is because I was immature in the previous ratings, and may have overrated.
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nose of layered sweet malts, blossoming smokiness. . Flavor is layered with mild sweetness, oak, and a big smoke finish. Insanely smooth. Really tasty.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask - Maxís. Clear amber, fluffy white head. Deep campfire smoke aromas ride softer undercurrents of oak and sweet maple coated dark fruit. Rich smoky wood flavors round with swirls of sweet and salty barbequed meat throughout. Medium bodied with pillow soft carbonation. Fantastic, but one is plentyÖ
mansquito (3386) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
New Beer Distributors 500ml ($5): Pours a white head over a light amber body. Half of the beer is the aroma, which is smoky like no other. The oak smoke is I think somewhat smokier than the beech used in the other beers by Aecht. Also in the aroma you get the meat and if you wait around long enough a few hoppy notes. Taste is also extremely smoky while its cold, but as it warms up the hoppy and sweet notes start to become apparent. This is a very intense beer, and for uniquely different reasons than why most beers are intense. Tingly mouthfeel, but also coats the entire inside of the mouth.
oh6gdx (20313) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@SBWF2010. Deep amber colour with small off-white head. Aroma is smoke, some bacon, mild notes of oak and some slight maltyness. Flavour is quite much the same in a very nice balance with some slight notes of alcohol showin as well. Quite interesting.
omhper (19370) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Clear brownish amber, no head. Heavily smoky nose with plenty of bacon and oak. Sweet and full bodied with solid well rounded mouthfeel. Big time smoke flavour. Nice maklt character without any edges. The oak smoke is in fact nearly as good as the beechwood smoke. Great stuff!