dfearnley (1412) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 341mL bottle into (sadly) a plastic cup
It pours a pleasant clear amber with a 1cm head. Aromas are smoky, maple, and peppercorn. The smokiness is strong in the beginning and lingers. A nice amount of maltiness too helps balance the smokiness.
wlajwl (4924) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2012 Aroma is smoke, grains and a hint of nuttiness. The flavor is smoke/BBQ, mildly sweet malts and some warming alcohol in the finish.
drpimento (2628) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2012
2.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Awww, got a bum bottle. Let it warm out of the fridge and it opened without and gas escaping. Poured with zero head. Color is a clear amber and no bubble trails. Flavorís actually pretty good except for the missing carbonic tang - but smoke, malt, sweet, bitter are good..Body is good despite the barest hint of carbonation. Finish is like flavor, with only a slight hint of smoke in a diminishing role. Unfortunate.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Caponeís at 7% ABV. Pours turbid rusty Carolina muddy clay clored with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is extremely heavy smoked malt, mild fruit, hops, and campfire smell. Tastes very smoky malty, with backup hops and a finishing tartness. Not as dense or complex as the Aecht offerings, but a solid rauchbier.
Oakes (13913) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dull orangey-amber. No head. Smokey aroma is beechy with light wood oven malts. Deep smokiness - I have no idea what manuka smoke is really like so I didnít perceive that specifically. The malts are rich if unrefined. There is probably a bit too much yeast character for my tastes. A little bit of alcoholic strength in the finish.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from knightly. warm burnt umber. served a wee bit too chilled, needs some warmth to come out. nice aroma! rich sweet hickory and applewood, dense and deliciously enticing. the flavors are spot on, with deep oily smokiness that is very satisfying. it could use a malt and body boost but otherwise this is fun!
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elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy copper color, with a thin off-white head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving behind a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of smoked bacon, which is to say, an oaked smokiness mingled with cured meat. Taste is more complex, however, with the sweetness of buttery toffee and toasted malts mingling with a salty, smoky flavor. As the beer warms, maltiness becomes more prominent and smokiness less so. Few, if any, hops are noticeable, and the alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is watery, with a moderate amount of carbonation. In conclusion: A beer that seems to split the difference between a doppelbock and rauchbier. If I didnít know better, however, Iíd say this one tilted more toward bock than smoked beer. The smoke is there, but itís not very well defined either.
mmather (145) - Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful bronze color. Nice smokey and malty aroma. Awesome smoke flavor and balance with the bock portion of the beer. Harsher than amberg smoke yet milder than peat or some of the other hardwood smoke yet unique smoke character. A beautiful and unique smoked brew.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
20120408 12oz bottle from Honeygo. Hazed medium amber with thin, quick off-white head and slight lacing. Aroma is massively smoked, but Iíd be lying if I said it was any different from the oak smoke Iím used to in the Schlenkerla beers. Maybe side by side I would see a differnence. This one is a lovely reproduciton of Schlenkerla marzen, with a sturdy malt backbone, notes of pretzel, lactic sourness (mild), and a mildly floral woody characteristic. Fairly well hopped with some lingering bitterness thatís nearly bark-like. largely enjoyable. Smoked is about the only way I ever want to drink a stronger lager like this.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of smoke, smoked malt, smoked meat, slight peat, and a hint of Robitussin. Poured deep amber/orange in color with a large, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Full of medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, smoke, smoked wood, smoked meat, and wood. Medium body. Thin, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, malt, smoke, smoked wood, smoked meat finish is dry. 7%ABV is completely hidden throughout.