Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thoroughly enjoyed from a 16.9oz bottle in a wine glass. The beer pours a deep brown color, with a moderate light brown head. Wondrous notes of smoked meats and German character malt come through in the nose; an intoxicated array of bacon, raisons, caramelized brown sugar, and just a touch of wood. The palate replicates many of the aromas, showing a deep and rich smoke note, followed by a nice but not over-the-top amount of malt depth and complexity. Again, oak shows through, but only slightly, adding to the painting, rather than completely covering the canvas. The finish leaves a lingering note of smoke. Overall, an outstanding beer, by any measurement.
patricks110 (2063) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amazing brew. Pours out a dark, almost black body with a thin tan head. Smoked malts and a rich toasted toffee and molasses malt. Sweet, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, caramel. Smoke is present but not overt. Nice heavy malt, alcohol is heavy but balances well. Good brew!
ds47uk (7) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have to admit that I found a bottle way past its sell by date in the back of the cupboard! No problem - as a lover of normal Schlenkerla this was mellow and still in perfect condition. Think Schlenkerla in a warm fur coat. Not as ’in your face’ smoky but still with the crispy bacon aroma that is the mark of Schlenkerla. An enjoyable drink.
ClarkVV (4211) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle drunk 7/9/15
Well before even pouring this thing, the aroma seeping forth is a thoroughly enjoyable mix of blissful bacony-meaty goodness. I’m guessing that this is ingrained in to this brewery’s offerings at this point, as they claim in the commercial description that this is "smoother and more [subtle] than the more intensely aromatic beech smoke malt" which it certainly is not. This is the same great, malty, rich, meaty smokiness that we know and love. It’s pretty preposterous to imagine that anyone but a seasoned woodsman or professional wood smoker could tell the difference in what wood was used. Even the temperature of the heat and seasoning of the wood would throw serious curveballs, not to mention adding it to a god damned beer! So, gimmicky? Undoubtedly. Wonderfully aromatic? Absolutely. The malt is certainly felt, richly sweet, with light melanoidins adding boisterous berries and though there’s isn’t a ton of dryness, the wood character itself mixes with some peppery phenols from the smoke to help lend some balance. No alcohol or flaws noted.
Rich, chewy, heavily viscous maltiness is entwined with bacon-like smokiness up front, growing quite heavily sweet through the middle before a reprieve of vinous, melanoidin-rich acidity and dry wood char helps break it apart somewhat on the end. The sweetness creeps back in, especially with more warming, and the lower-than-usual carbonation for this brewery dosent help either. That being said, the smoked character is peerless, as always, and the acidic flavors almost save the day. As their biggest beer by a good margin, it’s a little more forgivable that this one be their most decadent and while it’s too sweet for me, ultimately, it’s easily taken as a dessert beer if youre in the mood/market for that.
elbernays (866) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Blackrock cellar. Pours chestnut brown with little or no head. Smoked ham, oak, dark fruit, some light tobacco. Lots of caramel sweet below the smoky ham, oak. Gentle carbonation. Nice with cheese.
ThreeCats (674) - ISRAEL - JUL 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy copper with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma rich and smoky with some sweet malt undertones. Taste smoky as well, but not overly intrusive, quite easy drinking for the ABV, with some sweet malty notes. Prefect accompaniment to some smoked meat and cheese :)
wozap (336) - Węgorzewo, POLAND - JUL 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Miedziane, klarowne, piana drobna. Aromat do drewno i dużo dymu. Smak czysty, słodowy, nutu opiekane, skórka chleba. Goryczna na finisz zaznaczona (trawiasta i spalony sód ciasta). Nasycenie wysokie.
CraftBeerNick (1249) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home from Berlin, 3rd July 15. Pours clear and copper coloured. Aroma is meaty, smoke, malts and caramel. Taste is delicious, smoke, slight smoked meat, good sweetness, but not too much. Palate is rich, slightly oily. Lovely smoked affair
X (104) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Magnificent smoke aroma and flavor, moderate bitterness. The only flaw I could find was a bit of astringency on the finish. Loved it.
Leighton (13944) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared during Paul’s 30th - thanks to Daniel. Pours clear honey-gold with a foamy white head. Lovely nose with jars of smoked ham, some bread, faint caramel. Medium sweet flavorbwith slight cereal, some booze, toasted caramel, honey, smoked ham, slight leafy hops. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Lightly warming finish, a little oily, with more ham, moderate smoke, crunchy caramel, bread. Classic.
Fritz123 (1303) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with dad at hos house. Pours a deep amber with a moderate white head that lasted about 60 seconds. Not overpowering smoke aroma with wet leaves, oak branches, caramel malts, and rawhide. The taste was mellow compared to the aroma with smoked wood, campfire, chewy caramel, brown sugar, and butter. The mouth was almost creamy and slick. Nice rauchbier without too much powerful smoke flavor.