MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2007 A Mes rate:
Tap at Battersea Beer Fest. What a KILLER! Its a big one is this. My first beer of the festival and nothing really lived up to it from then on over the 2 days I went. Lovely red brown body, fantastic head. Aroma and flavour wise its a tough one to rate. Hard really to pick anything out really other than the smoked wood. Slightly nutty I suppose with some caramel too but it is all dominated by that amazing smoked flavour. Chunky, fairly complex and just YUM. Like I say its tough to rate but no doubt a great beer.
harrisoni (15649) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2008 On tap at Battersea Beer Festival 2006. Deep red/brown with thin white head. Malty and smokey beer. Really quite nice. Smokey, but not overly meaty. Well rounded, sweetish malt balances the smoke. Thanks to Duff and Chris for bearing with me whilst I had this, not that Duff was complaining too much....
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a rich brownish red with thin fizzy light tan head. Nose is thick with smoked malts, smells pretty much the same as the marzen. Flavor is a bit different, smokey and dry with a crisp and slightly bitter finish.
blankboy (6667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. Rated right after the Weizen. Pours a clear brown with a spare fizzy off-white head. Aroma of smoke, malt and, well nothing else really, quite simple but nice. The flavour is less smoky then the Weizen and much less then the Marzen but it’s quite tasty. Along with the smoke there’s sweet malt, nuts and a mild bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable but not too bad. Medium bodied. Pretty good, probably my favourite of the three Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers.
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - tupalev’s bottle. Poured clear dark reddish-mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma of woodsmoke, hickory smoked bacon, sweet roast malt, hints of dry hops, herbal spices and lemon juice. Flavour of campfire and hardwood ash but *very* bitter (mostly hops, I guess), with nutty roast malt - and lemon zest on the long smoky finish. Mouthfeel is very lively, with an average body - quite complex and balanced, moreso than their Weizen, and I found I enjoyed it more than the hyper-aggressive Marzen, although the Marzen is "better." Really nice! (pre-emptively: you’re WRONG, jerc)
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottle, shared with Hogtown Harry, GregClow, and Blankboy. Had this back to back with the Weizen. Smoke aroma balanced with sweet malt - certainly the mildest smoke of the 3 beers I’ve had by these guys, but that works here. Thin brown pour, very little head, looks bang on for the style, if not a little thin. Decent smoke and sweet taste - the smoke compliments the sweetness, staying in the background, which is remarkable for these guys. Very nutty finish. A little thin at times, and even some hops in the finish. Tasty beer, I liked it better than the Weizen (it just seemed to come together better) but not as much as the Marzen.
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - given by a friend. Pours a clear, dark brown color, with a creamy off-white head, which is slow to dissipate. Aroma is of smoked bacon and ham, and very slight scent of wood ash (oak). Very smooth texture and clings to my mouth. Smoked flavor resembles more of a smoked wood in my mouth, rather than to my nose. Very mild carbonation and not harsh at all, and somewhat sweet. Flavor lingers after swallowing. I would not say its creamy, but its close. Slight detection of hops at the end, however the smokiness is very dominant, but not overpowering. Leaves ring and lace, but these vanish quickly. Simply smooth, silky, and amazingly drinkable... a relaxing drink. I enjoyed it, and my friend’s recommendation was spot on. Great beer!
CapFlu (4860) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle) Thanks to Lubiere for obtaining this for me. Pours a medium, cramy, white head with a cola-coloured body. Nose of Schlenkerla bacon bits. Mmm... smokey and thin? A little surprising that its not more oily and less fizzy? The finish is short - which suits me fine. An average smoked beer.
Lubiere (11382) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber bock with a thin off white head. Smoked bacon aroma, with wood chips, and pleasnt BBQ phenol. A sweet malt with smoked herring quality, and good hops with nice lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. Excellent with the Kasseler ham (Danke schoen Henning). Bieropholie private import.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 27, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
While sitting here looking at my empty bottle, I now realize precisely how good beer can be. I mean I’ve had some great brews, but this one is not only possibly perfect, it’s different and that goes a long, long way. I’m not sure how to put into words how good this brew really is, so I will simply say it’s probably one of the best brews I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy. I will leave the detailed book review to other reviewers, but I will say this...the rich smokey aroma, the deep smokey taste, a nice hoppy finish...the only way they could improve on this beer would be if they included a super model with every purchase and she served it out of her bellybutton. Simply outstanding. ’Nuff said."