Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2011
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of Pinball. Pours a nutty amber with a slight haze and an off-white head. Heavy, heavy smoke aroma, band aids, salami and iodine - damm I hate that. Medium body, low carbonation, sweet burned caramel, heavy ashes, iodine and burned plastic. Subdued bitterness. 141111
EithCubes (4911) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Swing-top, mindestens haltbar bis 03.02.12. Nose is lightly burnt, very peaty smoke, gotten away from traditional Franconian wood-fired/meaty smoke and into the Scottish predilection. There’s some caramel malt underneath. Pours A clear, still amber with a fizzy and loud tan head. Light-bodied but not watery, drenched in smoke not with a burst of initial intensity, but in a way that rumbles along the course of the tongue and into the throat for the duration and into a smooth, dry aftertaste. Lightly sweet with little carbonation, a little closer to rubbery than to oily. Mouthfeel is fascinating, peat and campfire ash rubbed slowly across the tongue. A bit of gritty caramel/toffee underneath, and under that a layer of fine medicinal/plastic, but not really off-putting. Tar and iodine and red berries. Very unusual for Germany, even Franconia, and finally, a beer worthy of discussion!
jfb (3820) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 (bottle) pours a clear copper-ruby colour with a frothy off-white head. quite one-dimensional, but awesome aroma of ash, campfire smoke, peat smoke, burnt rubber, slightly medicinal, with a faint hint of caramel. flavour is mostly the same, lots of ash and phenolic smoke, with a faint hint of caramel, herbal hops and a slightly minerally finish. slightly watery body with average carbonation. not overly complex, but very nice. a testimony to the fact that peat-smoked malt does work, if used properly.
deanso (5266) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at Hutt’n, Nurnberg.
Thin creamy head. clear amber pour. notocable but not overpowering smokey aftertaste. Woody smell. Great :-)
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big smoky aroma, but not particularly meaty to me. More of a burnt wood and singed raisin aroma. Head died too quickly (from bottle). Nice amber color. I couldn’t decide on the palate on this one; seemed alternatively chewy and thin. My craziness. The flavor was heavily smoked, with slight bitterness, slight sweetness, and some fruit (raisin). Good, but not great.
Koelschtrinker (10676) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 22, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Angenehm süßlich-rauchiger Antrunk, später milder werdend. Wenig herb, unspektakulär, mit der Zeit langweilig. Die Rauchigkeit kann dies nicht verhindern, da sie deutlich abflacht. /8/8/7//8
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Swing top flöska. Clear deep amber brown colour, beige medium head. Pleasant smoky bit bacon caramel aroma. Good mouthfeel. Smoked flavour with caramel, bit sweet, good bitterness. Long lasdting pleasant smokey finish.
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2011 Bottle… February in Franconia (2011)… Sparkling, clear amber lager without much of a head to it. Peat smoke and applewood bacon are the olfactory components that rule supreme – lovely, extreme. Light to medium-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor is sweet and smoky – toffee, honey, bacon and scorched peat. Smoky, moderately sweet finish. Big-time thanks to erlangernick and Koelschtrinker for making this month of Franconia lagers possible!
Theis (13412) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Clear amber/red - white head. High smokey. Nutty. Ashes. Fruity notes. Red berries. Wooden. Ryebread. Sharpness. Very nice.
HonusWagner (1391) - Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really quite smokey in the nose, a slight peaty quality comes through but also the typical bacon goodness that I love in these beers. Very warming without even taking a sip. Body is a bit on the light side for the style, which isn’t excellent for individual sips but makes the act of drinking a glass more reasonable. Smokiness dominates the beer, not a lot of other malt character, but still a pretty good Rauch (if not very complex).