PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Fourth Ave Pub: Deep copper pour with a thin off white film of head. Hammy smoke aroma with some piny tannins and mildly sweet, almost toffeeeish malt undertones. Creamy firm body. The smoke is there, but there’s an oily, heavy tannin presence that coats the tongue. The oak doesn’t give as clean of a smokiness as the beechwood. It’s more hammy and less firewood like. There’s lots of peppery hallertau hops on the back. Not as smoke, or robustly malt forward as the originals. The oak gives it a bit more piny rather than cleanly and fiery smoky.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours a orange copper body with a white head. Vicious smoked char and roasted malt. Smoke malt, peat, campfire tones, some char and a smoky but lightly malty finish. Awesome smoked ale.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at redlight redlight. Pours a clear but dark gold. Very excellent nose. Extremely smoky with hints of oak behind it. Slightly reminiscent of a good scotch. Lots of malt also come through in the flavor. Another great edition to Schlenkerla’s nearly flawless line.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at BT and 4th ave. Pours a nice deep copper/ bronzy orange with a nice mostly white lasting sticky head. Aroma is nicely smokey- not over the top, but fairly intense, a somewhat cleaner smoke- perhaps more mineraly, woody, less meaty- not quite camp-fire like, good big toasty malt backbone, big caramelized vienna, some light munich. Toffee flavor, toast, some earth and herbalness, light cleanser attributed t the tannins in the oak smokiness, more clean smoke- mineral in the end, overall very clean and easy drinking, especially for all the smoke and the 8%. You get way more smoke (although a different type) from the urbock and unfiltered urbock especially- but this is fairly unique for a schlenkerla- although you get the same top notch big fresh malt backbone and a clean refreshing drinkable intense smokey beer. I loved it.
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Smoke on the nose, not as sharp as some of the others. Pours amber with a thick white head. Earthy, smooth smoke flavors, not as intense, the malts really shine through, less pungent smoke. Very very nice to drink and does not seem 8% at all!
kappldav123 (5000) - GERMANY - DEC 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handbottled at home - very big thanks to Frankenland for making this possible! Looks really good in the glass, copper coloured, strong malty-smoky aroma. Starts strong, not alcoholic, smoky notes not too much like bacon as other beers from the brewery, very well balanced, smoky-woody finish. Very drinkable for its strength. A great beer!
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #1800. Orange red, smooth off white head. Ashy, smoked meats aroma. Taste is again lightly ashy, dry, smoked sausage, bacon, dry campfire finish. Not the best Schlenkerla but an absolutely awesome beer nonetheless.
malrubius (1714) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from Bierkraft gifted to me by a non-beer-geek friend who seemed to remember that I like smoky beer. Poured in tulip. Bright clear reddish copper color with lasting off-white head and lace. Beautiful smoky woody honey candy grass bready aroma with the slightest hint of alcohol. Sweet toasty caramel candy with very mild sweet fruit and light grassy earthy bitterness coated all around by a peat-like whiskey smokiness distinct from other Schlenkerlas and more like their imitators. Mild lingering hop bitterness. Surprisingly medium light drinkable body, dense carbo, perfect mouthfeel for strong lager, no alcohol presence in flavor. Seems incredibly well-made, a work of art, truly refined. However, I find I prefer the in-your-face rich aromatic smokiness of the beechwood smoked beers. Nevertheless, an absolutely awesome brew. I’m trying not to drink the whole growler tonight because it is 8% after all.
asheft (2509) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[from a barrel at the brewery]
Tangy smoky aroma that is not quite like smoked salmon smoke together with some linseed oil and sherry-like notes. Clear, dark amber with a lacy, dense, flannel blanket of almost white. Oily vanilla oak smoke flavour with melanoidinly spiciness that is balanced by a woody bitterness. Subtle nutty notes. Smooth and with a unique smoke character. Medium body, moderate carbonation, slight woody bitter finish.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, smoked cheese, light caramel. taste is medium sweet, smoke, some caramel/bread. Soft medium body. Nose is great, but the flavor is a bit more subdued. A solid beer, but not at the top of the Schlenkerla ladder.