rangerred (864) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours clear deep ruby with a one finger white head. Good head retention with above-average lacing.
Aroma lets you know right off the bat that this one is quite smoky. Great bonfire/bacon aroma with a little bit of grass and fruit in the background from the hops. Heavy on the smoke, though, which I love.
The flavor is also very smoky but has some more complexities compared to the aroma. More campfire and ash but with some fruitiness from the yeast and perhaps the hops. There is some biscuity malt and caramel along with some molasses. Bitterness is on the light side but the sweetness remains restrained.
Overall, an excellent rauch and one of the better non-German examples I have had. Very drinkable.
puboflyons (1890) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. Copper bronze pour leading up to an of-white head. Busy carbonation. That aroma is 10 out of 10 for me! I love my smoked beers to smell like I’m standing next to a roaring bonfire and that is what I get from this. I barely care about the grainy malt character because I’m just about coughing with smoker’s cough thanks to this sensational aroma! Medium body. The smokiness is a little muted in the taste but there is this fascinating cherry-like character, maybe from the cherry wood they used, that erupts on my palate. This is absolutely wonderful. Wish I picked up more than one!
_angst_ (2377) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought through craftbeer.se. Gusher! pours clear ruby dark brown with a frothy goldenish beige head that quickly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is malty and smokey with sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, smoked sausage, burnt wood, moist soil, damp hay, tar and freshly baked cookies. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, tiny salty, malty and smokey with sweet dark bread, caramel, oatmeal cookies, smoked sausage, dry cured ham, hay, soup stock, moist soil, burnt wood, tar, orange zest and hints of pried pine needles and dried juniper berries. Mouthfeel is soft, round and medium bodied. finish is slightly sweet, slightly bitter, malty and smokey with sweet dark bread, hay, burnt wood, dry cured ham, tar and hints of peat.
thornecb (4172) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep gold into a stem glass. Bright white head with excellent retention recedes leaving spot lacing to coat surface. Sweet smoke and maple aromas. Soft with sweet caramel and smoke upfront turning to dried bacon in the lasting mildly bitter finish.
mikeyo1 (101) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear copper color with a small white head. Intense big smoky aroma of smoked birch, charcoal,burnt bone, salt, leather and sweetness from dark sugar and hints of maltiness. Taste is dry with dark fruits maltiness, smoked wet wood & leather. Taste is a bit disappointing compared to the fantastic aroma. It has a good smoke flavor, but you expect even more after smelling it.
CarlJonas (205) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish brown, small head. Big smokey aroma, leather and dark sugar. Taste is slightly smokey but dominated by dark fruits and quite dry. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. The smoke clears when you drink it and your left with a competent bock but not much more, so bit of a let down but still pretty tasty.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, rusty brown color with fine soapy foam, aroma is dry wood smoke, clean woods smoke and pecan shells, astringent dry finish
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. It pours a very deep copper/mahogany color with a tan head. The aroma is super smoky with lots of wood smoke and beef jerky. Very much like Schlenkerla. The flavor is again, super smoky with with a nice underlying malt and brown sugar sweetness that lends a nice complement. Flavors of smoked wood and beef jerky dominate. The body is medium and the carbonation is prickly. My only complaint is that the mouthfeel isn’t quite as smooth as Schlenkerla, but otherwise this is just as good.
malrubius (1583) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Decicco Ardsley. Clear amber with lasting head and lace. Strong smokey cherrywood sweet grassy grainy aroma. Very grassy grainy medium caramel smoky sweetness with sweet earthy smokey soody ash mildly bitter finish that is dried by efferevescent carbo. Slightly gassy. Very smoky. Very good, but lacks the refined palate and mouthfeel of the true greats (Shlenkerla).
VsXsV (1899) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear very dark brown liquid with ruby hue and medium off-white head. Aroma of smoke, bread, toffee, sausage, earth and caramel. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of smoke, bacon, sausage, bread and toffee. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Quite nice.