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Gänstaller Bräu Affumicator
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Brewed by Gänstaller Bräu
Style: Smoked
Hallerndorf, Germany

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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24.5° Plato. Affumicata: Italian for "smoked". Made with 95% smoked malt.

Brewed for Ma Che Siete in Roma. Note: physically brewed at Trabelsdorf until Dec 2010.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011
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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2011
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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mortlach (955) - Rome, ITALY - APR 5, 2014
17/03/2014 Ma che siete venuti a fà (tap). Ambrata carica, intensa, limpida, riflessi miele di castagno, schiuma bianca sporca media e persistente. Al naso sentori di caramello, dolciastra, etilica, potente affumicato, bacon, fumo, sontuosa, infinita, da sniffare per ore! In bocca è davvero "tanta roba", attacco maltato, gran corpo, quindi una nota affumicata potente, di quelle che lasciano il segno. Una birra sontuosa, quasi arrogante nella sua potenza, evocativa come poche altre. Perfetta per accompagnare un bello stinco di maiale con patate.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (18947) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm. Clearamber, no head. Smokey tarry bacon aroma. Mid-sweet with beautifully soft mouthfeel. Tarry salmiak - like Schlenkerla condensed. So seemless and soft - just beautiful!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KyotoLefty (5895) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2012
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5195) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Vat pour from Beck Brau. Hazy burnt sienna with thick stable beige head. Complex both aromas and flavors with layers of different kinds of smoke. Veers towards the spicy end of the spectrum. Has a lot of chorizo qualities with oily, spicy, intensely smoked flavors. The palate allows it all to be carried to different parts of the mouth. Absolutely smooth and does not feel strong at all. Feels very bright and satisfying. Has an extraordinary malt profile that imparts a well-integrated sweetness. Impressive.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (11779) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2009
Hazy amber-brown. Big smoke nose with lots of chewy malts. Rich smoke - more campfire char than most rauchbiers. Rich, long, chewy malt and smoke, with light caramel. The smoke lingers on your tongue for hours. Complex layers unveil themselves amidst an intimidating smoke character. Damn!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2009
Cask@1stBBF. Beautiful smoked aroma. Light hazy, orange/yellow colour, off-white head, good lace. Smoked, bitter, light sweet, bit alcoholic. Well hoped powerful smoked beer. Great stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 2, 2010
Draught at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà, Roma. Holy smoke this is huge! Cheers Manuele for tapping a fresh keg too. Amazing aroma and it would have to be the smokiest of the Rauchbiers. All the good stuff of fatty smoked ham, cheese, woody and caramel glaze. The flavour is robustly smoked yet manages to hold a soft smoothness - I guess from the caramel character. Full mouthfeel but excellent balance. The higher ABV does creep in but by no way did it take away from the beer. Glorious drop.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
planky84 (1877) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
Cask at NWAF, 2011. Cloudy orange pour with a beige head. Smoky-fruit nose. Spicy. A little peach aroma. Flavours of smoke, fruit and spices. Very well balanced. Smoke fuelled, dry finish. Lovely!


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