jeevan (239) - SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with All my vinyl thanks to Ash. For the purpose of introducing the uninitiated to smoky bacon like brews this is clearly as pronounced as you can get without potentially putting them off for life. Looks good; dark dark amber with a good head. Smoky malty aromas, smoky malty brown sugar rounded sweetness. Easy drinking. Arguably one of the most balanced smoked beers out there - not too little ( only in name smokiness, as in many gimmick beers) , and not too much. They got it spot-on with this one. A 4d smoked beer. Totally Gallus !
allmyvinyl (9358) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared thanks to Ashton McCobb, shared with jeevan. Pours clear red-brown, thick off-white head. Aromas of smoke, treacle. Taste is smoky, oaky, toasted malt. Softly sweet finish.
solidfunk (7354) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
These Aecht beers are always very smoke but their smoke always has a huge palate. While it’s not exactly my thing, this is very complex. Light bitter smoke finish. Pours maroon. Tap at Churchkey.
AshtonMcCobb (5170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Appellation Wines Comely Bank.
Appearance - deep amber with a red chink and a nice lacy head.
Nose - a mixture of stewed apples and smoke.
Taste - more of the same. Complex and balanced.
Palate - medium bodied with a creamy yet dry smoky texture and a long balanced dry finish.
Overall - my favourite from Schlenkerla. Plenty of fruitiness which holds the smokiness in balance.
Zita (6109) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
smoked aroma,brown, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice smoked finish.
Beerheart65 (1390) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogany with ruby, light brown big frothy head, sticky lacing. Looks good. Pure delicate smoky aroma, bit tar and salt, malty, lightly bitter, salty licorice, nice. Medium to full body, long smoky finish, dry and medium roasted, not burned, carbonation balances. Excellent smokiness, tasty, looks great, good stuff!
Scopey (12247) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at the Rake. It pours clear deep brown with a thick light tan head. The nose is rich, woody, juicy, smoke, bacon frazzles, smoked meats, bonfire, dried fruits and honey glaze. The taste is bitter, earthy, rich smoke, pine, maple glazed bacon, leather, resin, honey, toasty brown sugar, raisin, date and a touch of spice with a dry, firm finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Wow. Good depth and great drinkability. Smoke is of course a big part of this, but does not dominate the beer. A smokey masterpiece.
superspak (4581) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into pine glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of huge wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light char, herbal, pepper, light pine, and herbal/smokey earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malt and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light char, herbal, pepper, light pine, and herbal/smokey earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of wood smoke, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light char, herbal, pepper, light pine, and herbal/smokey earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavor with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome hoppy Rauchbier style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
Andy_ (1040) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle
Clear mahogany to amber colored beer with big blonde head. Aroma has milk chocolate, toffee, smoked wood and smoked ham. Flavor has fruits, grassy bitterness and smoke. Palate is thinner than medium with quite heavy carbonation and some bitterness. Finish has only mild bitterness. Aftertaste is licoricy, fruity, dark bready, herbal and of course smokey. Very smooth, well balanced, very drinkable. My favourite smoked beer so far.
dfinney23 (2671) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with off-white head. Aroma of smoked meat. Taste is similar with malty sweetness. Pass the brisket!