biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge smokey, leather aroma. Dark red with a creamy tan head. Very smokey flavor upheld by sweet caramel malt. Nice body. Finishes clean and slightly bitter.The smoke lingers.
rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper-chestnut, with a big tan-colored head, intense smoky aroma, notes of smoked bacon, hint of fire beech wood in the nose, follows through on a medium-bodied smoky palate, with a sweet caramelized malt, toffeeish hint, smoky character, roasted malt, leading towards a malty, faintly smoked finish.
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. dark amber brown beer with a nice light beige head. Strong smokey aroma - woodsy/earthy with some salty cured pork. Seet malt and smoke flavor with some light saltiness. Smooth finish. Saltier than the marzen.
anders37 (18693) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brow colour with a think longlasting tan head. Very smokey aroma. Flavor is malty and lots of smoked meat. Very well balanced. Malty and woody finish with a smokey aftertaste. A lovely beer.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hickory smoked aroma, very intense with tons and tons of smoke. Dark, dark brown with a thin, off-white head. Great smokey and mesquite wood flavor with a malty, caramel background. Smoke really stands out here. Medium body with a slightly oily texture. This is really tasty stuff.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Wow. My first smoked beer - I’ve never tried anything like this. Strong aroma of a campfire, with a flavor to match. Wonderful flavor of smoked meat and burning wood. Body is a bit thin for such a strong smoke flavor. Still a great beer.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Oh dear. Does it get much better? Well I dont think so. A bit wood and very smokey. A hint of malt at first but then the smoke sets in - wow.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ah the smoke is good. What I’d like here is a bit bigger of a beer to back up the smoke, but given there’s no smoked imperial stouts yet, nor are there too many smoked doppelbocks, I’ll have to settle with this one. Nothing beats this beer with smoked pork, or better, proscuitto. Notes of hickory and oak meet molasses and brown sugar. The smoke is actually much more evident on the nose than on the palate, given there’s enough going on in the beer itself. Great stuff, and if I were rating to style, this would be the finest smoked beer out there right now.
joergen (22451) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear brown coloured with a huge beige head.
Smokey aroma with notes of wood.
Sweet flavour of malts, smoke, wood and hops.
I don’t like smoked beers, but after 4 days in Bamberg with decent german lagers and smoked beers, I’m appreciating beers like this.
ALLOVATE (2538) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Märzen’s bigger, hermit-like brother; I swear if these beers got any better I’d be applying for a long term visa and tenancy in this historic village to guarantee a constant flowing supply of Bamberg’s finest. Tasted from the bottle and poured into a tallboy glass. Sadly lifeless to look at; brilliant reddish brown hue with no head passed an island of tan bubbles that later filled the surface with a thin lather and left a little legs. Complex, rich and savoury aroma of dried and cured meats; salted, pickled fish, bread crumbs, burnt toffee, plums and other zesty fruits, with a light prickle of spice coming in late. A little thinner than expected on the palate, not as full on as the aroma, but flavoursome enough. Smoky ash fills the mouth from the get go, mixing well with toffee and caramel, woody malt flavours, rashers of over-cooked bacon and some dried calabresé sausage. Soft in carbonation and lightly sweet upfront, this was another treat for the senses. Getting better as it warmed, it became richer with more treacly fruit flavours coming in. Finish lacked the malt notes of the palate but the typified lingering smoke and burnt meat flavours were sumptuous and truly refreshing. Another divine beer from Heller-Trum, and a few steins of this at the restaurant next year for World Cup would possibly push it up on the top ten. Lovely!!! (50cL, BBE 07/06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)