KUEric (888) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the Bottle: Pours a deep mahagony color with little head. Aroma is of ham, maybe some burnt notes of greese. A little bit of alcohol, smoke from a campfire on the nose, but mainly ham. A nice amount of carbonation lacing rising to the top. Taste is also of ham, while I smelled little more than ham I taste nothing BUT ham. Quite interesting, I agree that it might be great with some yellow cheeses or maybe salami. Even has a little bit of a gouda taste to it.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9oz bottle. My third of the Schlenkerlas I bought a couple months back. Pours a clear brown with a red tinge with a medium-large frothy khaki head. Head stayed throughout, and the lacing was so thick there was just one big lace in my glass. The first aroma I pick up on is of course smoked malts (think campfire), a little metal, and pepper. Not quite as smoky in the flavor, though it is dominant. Some roasty malts in there as well. A little bit of a slight bitter, chalky finish with some charcoal ash. Could have a little more carbonation, but a solid beer nonetheless.
OldMrCrow (2077) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle.
I’ve had this one sitting in my cellar for six months or so; I was inspired by Oakes’ latest column ( http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer-News/Article-621.htm ) to pull it out and give it a taste.
Pours an elegant clear caramel brown without much head. Smoked malt of course dominates the aroma, with a bit of dry-cleaner’s shop in there as well. The flavor is not as powerfully smoky as the aroma, at least on the front side of each sip. This gives the caramel malts a chance come through, rich and slightly sweet, before the smoke intermingles with mild bitter hops to provide the finish.
I’m relative newcomer to smoked beers; in some ways the smoked malts remind me of a strongly dry-hopped IPA in the mouth-drying finish. I can’t say that I’m to the point where I prefer the smoke to the hops, but this is interesting and enjoyable as well.
eaglefan538 (2917) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice rauchbier, this one was great from the pour onward. The poure was dark brown with a great pillowy head that really laced quite nicely. The aroma was of deep smoked hickory wood (the char from a fire) and exceeded my prior single rauchbier experience. Flavor was strong and deep malts. This beer was super rich in both malty character and smokiness. Good stuff.
jacktripper (20) - CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, dark red with an aroma of sausage, firewood, pine, salt and pepper. Tastes exactly how it smells, very meaty and spicy with a heavy emphasis on malt. Drinking this is like drinking in the memories of a campfire cookout from years past, one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUN 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2009 a totally amazing and unique experience. The aroma is explosive, very burned and smoked. Great looks, dark with a small white head. Taste is also extremely smoked, a whole lot of meat, spices and malt!! Not exactly a session beer, but so wonderful and unique
rdawson321 (145) - USA - JUN 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t really know how to begin to describe this beer. It hits you with the aroma of campfire and pine, with a lot of bacon, sausage, salt, and pepper. It’s a great pour, with a foamy head that lasts the glass and a deep red amber color. It’s the first smoked I’ve had, and it’s really a lot of fun to drink. Great palate. Everybody should try this, but I don’t think I could drink it on a regular basis. Great brew though.
Beerdedone (2860) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours dark with a white head. Aroma of smoke, and smoked sausages. Flavor is sausage-like, smoke, and slight bitterness, sounds disgusting, but it was unusually pretty good.
Quevillon (2601) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 50 cl. Couleur rousse très foncée, pas de collet. Arome fumé, mais pas plus que ça. Goût fumé faible. Elle n’est pas mauvaise, mais ordinaire.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have to go back and have this again. My impression was smoke and smoke, sweet malt and a little bitterness. I had too many beers to taste before it, and I had it with strong smoked meats and sauerkraut, and I am sure that my palate was not able to do the beer justice.