BeerViking (2985) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Spezial. Dark amber with foamy head and aromas of smoke and malt. Crisp and dry, with sharp bitterness underneath, and hints of burnt toffee and a little pine resin. The lasting acrid bitterness in the back of the mouth is not my thing, however.
pivnizub (9165) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tapped: Clear, golden to amber coloured, stable and lacy off-white head; caramelly ,sweet-malty and woody-smoky aromas in the nose, hops, too; moderate bitter-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied, soft; lingering dryish hoppy and sweetish smoky-malty finish. Devilishly moreish stuff
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My Bottom Line :
Toasted malts and smoky edges evolve in a perfectly cushiony mouthfeel before a lovely spicy hop bitterness settles on the tongue.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-An initially frothy head of foam drops into the misty amber.
-All flavors are levelled, of medium intensity.
-This tastes like a cousin of Schlenkerla Kräusen, with Spezial’s usually more moderate flavor impact. And both came out during the same summer too…
-The aroma is not as evocative as the flavor profile.
-The mouthfeel is fuller than their regular Rauch Lager.
-The smoke flavors are quite discreet, making this a cross between a Kellerbier and a Rauchbier.
On tap at the brewery pub.
yespr (34303) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden orange with a small, dense and white head. Aroma is mild smoked, slight meaty and light sweet. Sweet and slight smoked flavouref. Smooth and easy. Mild lasting smoked finish.
Dedollewaitor (14483) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Spezial, Bamberg. Pours hazy golden with a fluffy white head and lacings. Suddued smoke and some bitter fresh hops in the nose. Medium and soft carbonation/body. Quite smoked and hoppy flavor for a Spezial beer. Quite like a great mix of their Rauch Lager and Ungespundets. Ends dry , bitter and hoppy. Very nice.