kiwianer (2335) - Mönchengladbach, GERMANY - MAY 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated 2011: The head is robust, the body brown-orange and cloudy. It smells intensive smoky, a bit sweet-alcoholic. The taste is viscous, intensive smoky, a bit bitter. Great! 11/12/12/12/-/12
Miksu (4538) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUN 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Ølbaren, Copenhagen. Dark amber color. Strong smoky bacon and leather aroma. Sweet smoky flavor with bacon, toffee, bread, raisins, burnt leather and alcohol warmth. Very malty and very smoky.
Leighton (6973) - London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Olbaren, Copenhagen, thanks to Johan. I had too many glasses of this, and it was after a long, long way of drinking - but it was just damn good. It’s a big, sweet and smokey beer. Lots of caramel, some smokey ham, straight smoke. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Nice stuff. Mild warming finish, big and sweet, lots of smokey ham, light honey. Yeah, just a damn solid smoked beer on every level.
KnutAlbert (5186) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ølbarten.
Strong bacon aroma and flavour, the porkiness is too overpowering here. Oak, floor polish.
lundy (43) - - MAY 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I prefer this one over the schlenkerla. Smells like a smokehouse. Various malty flavors under the smokiness, which I think is primarily what makes this better than the aecht for me, as that one is just full-on smoke, and after a few sips of schenkerla all I can imagine is bacon grease. Full body; this completely dominated my palate for the rest of the night, everything after this tasted flat.
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
7th August 2009
GBBF. Cask. Slight haze on this dark amber beer. Thick tan head. Soft palate. Creamy sweet malt with smooth smoky fish. Smooth and soft. Biscuit sweet malt. A little bubblegum sweetness. Very creamy smooth sumptuous beer. Very nice indeed.
KyotoLefty (4735) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa. Lovely amber-brow with a big head. Enormous smoky nose, bacon, salmon, bonito flakes. Huge—with not much else coming through, but great. Smoked bacon flavor, with caramel and a bit of chocolate, sweet bready malts and some nice hop bitterness. Huge flavor all around but well balanced still. Big, full, smooth mouth. Amazing. The alcohol is so well hidden.
Mortlach (721) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
05/04/2011 Ma che siete venuti a fà (tap). Ambrata, lievemente torbida, con leggera schiuma bianca sporca. Intensissimo aroma di scamorza e bacon affumicato, lievissime note maltate, appena percettibili. In bocca è appena dolciastra con forti note affumicate nel finale. Corpo medio, gradazione alcolica importante, carbonazione abbondante. Evocativa, ma non è proprio un esempio di beverinità.
3fourths (6958) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - NOV 26, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
oh fuck. fatty meaty smoked ham nose instantly a 10, instantly one of the best smoked beers, best beers, best things i’ve smelled in my life. chewy, hearty, meaty ffuuuuuuuuu smokey sweet malt up front, tangy peppery late, 30 minute lingering finish. decadent, rich, toasty malt perfect balance of sweetness, toast, smoke and bitterness. fruit pith and rind, light herbal notes, some black pepper, caramel / toffee richness throughout. this is a malt showcase. hearty, salty honey glazed ham skin cracklins, incredibly chewy and smooth and full. this is what i want Schlenkerla to be to me again, but it’s not. I had oak barrel Urbock the night before and found it the poorest batch I’ve ever had, which made me uneasy at the time, because either my tastes have changed or the brew had. regardless, this was a magical moment and I don’t think any Schlenkerla has matched, if you can believe that. I couldn’t either. and I’m doing Bavaria for kellerbier and pilsner and not in the mood for rauchbier or anything high gravity on this day, but Andreas insists I try his rauchdoppelbock and brings me a glass from the back and my mind fucking melted.
Ernest (5627) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught in Strassgiech.
Head is lasting.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted grain, toasted nuts, caramel, cookie), with notes of hickory smoked bacon, xmas tree, fireplace, tar, fruitcake, dried mango, orange zest, plum, and manure.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
The aroma is just completely off the hook. You thought Schlenkerla was complex, well...this is on entirely different level. Mind you, this is definitely a slow sipper and quite sweet, but it’s not at all a fatiguing sugar-and-alcohol bomb. Just as light pale lagers are very difficult to make well, so too are big beers like this, yet Andreas does both expertly. A truly amazing beer.