Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the strongest smoked beers I’ve ever had. Something new to discovere everyday, eh? This monster comes with a huge, dense, specatcular light beige head atop a dark burnt caramel robe with abundant powdery sediments. Smoke is the dominant flavor in the nose, but not far behind is warming alcohol and a stack full of malt - think chocolate, think Munich malt toasty nuttiness. This really is a smoked barley wine loaded with Munich malt in the end, deploying as it opens up a noticeable spicy, woodsy side. helping a lot to balance out the predictably fairly sweet flavour profile. The sugars come across in a molasses cookies frame, with a baked, darkened component that the smoke aptly sweeps on. Negligible bitterness all along, the finish being mostly about alcohol warmth and sweetness. Plenty of action in here, but as with many smoked beers, not broad enough to be a truly captivating sipper and far too strong to be drinkable. So sitting in the middle of two chairs and doing a much better job than most in that position.
Boutip (4292) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with light smoked notes is quite warming. Taste is a mix dominated more by caramelized sugar with light sweet toffee notes than by smoked malt. Hops presence is not as powerful as I would have expected. Body is full with good carbonation. This must be an older bottle as it appears quite a bit of smoked and hops notes have disappeared.
cmc619 (352) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked this up at Brewberry in Paris, Jan 2013. Finally opening it up on a nice night in Leuven. From 50cl bottle into Lagunitas jar. Smoke aroma hits the nose as you pour it, but actually it’s pretty tame by Schlenkerla standards. Big cafe latte head that sticks for minutes. Dark brown beer. Aroma is a nice mix of smoke, dark fruit, booze, and tobacco. You really get the taste of smoke with this one - wow would this be great with some rich saucy BBQ brisket. A bit viscous, but appropriately so; also a bit hot. Will be sipping this for a little while. Pretty nice beer.
sir__v (412) - Lille, FRANCE - AUG 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color: nice amber brown beer with small carbonization and small ivory foam. Smell: barley and hops domination, with a sugar nose. Taste: high sugar viscosity with hops caramel and sugar presence. Aftertaste: nice strong bitterness with small malt presence.
JanLaursen (2503) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 50 cl. Light hazy reddish brown with an off white head, good retention and lacings. Rather sweet nose with a smooth smokey note reminding me of spegepølse. Some peber too. Full nody, low carbonation, heavy alcohol. Too sweet and heavyly sugar coated texture to fit my palate.
icehawk (609) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Opaque black with khaki head
Aroma: Dark fruit, booze, date, some smoke
Taste: Earthy, soy, molasses
Palate: Alcohol burn, bitterness
Overall: Big heavy beer.
mixmasterob (871) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from CBX. This was a wonderful surprise. Poured dark brown on the verge of black with a sturdy mocha head. Wispy lace. Aroma was big time chocolate, melted candy bar like, light vanilla, dark fruit and a perfect touch of smoke and roast. This is my kind of smoked beer. Flavors were on par, lots of roasted malt, cocoa, sweet vanilla, light smoky bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel was medium, carbonation light. Super solid.
tderoeck (3611) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
15/VI/13 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: 22/V/?? (2013-559)
Clear red brown beer, huge creamy light beige head, very stable, little adhesive. Aroma: lots of exotic fruits, passion fruit, pineapple, some caramel and mocha, sugary. MF: soft carbon, almost none, medium body. Taste: sweet start, sugary malts, lots of fruity hops, mocha and caramel, smoky. Aftertaste: pretty bitter, smoky, sugary, bitter hoppy ending.
gnoff (7036) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Søernes ølbar on June 13, 2013.
As Mikkeller Rauchstar 10.5%.
Clear dark red to brown color, tan head. Sweet, raisin, toffee, bitter taste. Alcohol, dry, grainy, bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Sweet, malty, smoked scent, also juniper.
madsberg (9337) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Dark Brown coloured. Dense Light Brown head. Aroma. Smoke, Meat , caramel, Light herbs, some fruits, Spice. Flavour. Chocolate, caramel herbs, Spice, smoke pepper. Medium bodied. Ends smoked and chocolaty.