joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
medium brown with large tan head. monstrous smoked nose with touches of malt present. little bitterness before a lot of munich malt that provides a nice balance to the overwhelming smoke from the rauch malt. little residual sweetness and well fermented resulting in a very drinkable brew and the most balanced of all the aecht brews i’ve had
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber. Big fishy smoke scent. Sweet smoke flavour. Some fishiness. Hard to pick out a style underneath the smoke. There is some caramel malt and malt sweetness.
bhensonb (12749) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours hazy orange amber with a little whiteish head. Aroma is rough/harsh smoke. Med body. Flavor of smokey malt. Tobacco hints. Oak? Apparently lost in the smoke. A flavorful beer that went really well with the homemade chili.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml from Sam’s, Durham. What a bad-ass beer. Clean, clear amber pour with a firm but fairly slim head. Lovely nose, filled with sweet malts, dry hops, and tons of smoke. Mouthfeel is creamy and substantial, and the flavors are really intensely good. A bit of salt and woodiness in there, with a fine and well balanced doppel base that gives heft to things. Clean and dry nonetheless, and anything but too sweet and heavy. Terrifice beer.
marcus (7815) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours reddish amber with almost no head and an extreme smoky aroma. There is an ashy smoked malt flavor with a bitter tobacco finish.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pigs Ear Beer Festival, day 2 (beer #12) on 1 December 2010. Big props to the foreign beer bar guys for getting hold of this cracker. Has the sweet silky richness of a doppelbock but the smoke, relatively subtle here, provides a wonderful counterpoint. And, for an 8% doopelbock it is remarkably, and wonderfully, drinkable. I’m not usually a big fan of doppelbocks but this was stunning. No soy sauce, thankfully.
Slipstream (2252) - USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2011 Light bready aroma. Fine amber pour. Fairly dry, medium weight bock. And where is that Aecht Schlenkerla signature smoke? I didn’t notice it right away, but as the beer warmed it became sweeter and smokier. There is some molasses flavor in the mix, and I was surprised that the ABV was so high. This is flavorful and flawless, an unspectacular German bock enlivened with some "Schlenkerla oak smoke." I would get it again.
Bullit (4258) - Burgos, SPAIN - FEB 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Copper colour, offwhite head. Aroma is smoke, bacon, some fruitiness. Flavour is smoked malts, bacon, smoked pepper bells. Quite dry and slightly sweet finish.
Christian (11892) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Zly Casy. Dark red brown with a lasting off-white head. Wooden and clean smoky aroma. Sweetish malty flavour with intense smoke and again a certain wooden note. Impressive balance in the beer and no sign of the alcohol content.
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown with a thin feel as you pour it: the visual experience makes it seem like it’s juice, not beer. Head has to work a bit to get going, then dies pretty quickly. Smell is classic Schlenkerla--over the top smoke and meat. Mouthfeel is very watery. Taste is all raw bacon and smoke. A bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Pretty great flavor, but I wish it had a bit more balls. Definitely easy to drink and I like the woody, peaty, Highland single malt flavors that come through. If you’re a rauchbier person, you’ll like this, though you may think others (including Schlenkerla’s flagship) are better; if not, you won’t.