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Spezial Rauchbier Bock

Brewed by Brauerei Spezial
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1406) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 31, 2016
Dark brown with ruby hue, small off white frothy but not very lasting head. Aroma is of medium to strong smoked ham, some caramel, bit bready and roasted malt. Taste is medium sweet caramel and toast, strong smoked ham, bit bready dough, some light herbal bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. (on tap, Bamberg)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (2264) - Hagen, GERMANY - NOV 21, 2015
0.5 l bottle at 6.7% abv from ’De Bierkoning’, best before April 2016. Clear, very dark red with a medium large, frothy, almost stable, tan head. Sweetish-malty, faintly smoky aroma of smoked ham, dark chocolate, raisins and caramel. Sweet-malty, slightly smoky taste of raisins, caramel, dark chocolate and smoked ham, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter finish with dark chocolate and faint notes of smoke. Medium to full body, slightly creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Less intense notes of smoke than expected, just broadening to the complexity of this bock a bit. Good, clearly behind Schlenkerla Urbock though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (2797) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2015
50cl bottle at home. Dark amber with a medium beige head. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Medium smokey sweetness with subtle bitter tones. Roasted malts, smoke, caramel, raisin, ripe fruits and herbs. Tasty smoked bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgiskOlklub (1052) - Viby J, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2015
Draught at Spezial. Brown body and rocky white head. Lovely aroma of smoke, roasted malt, caramel. The taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18735) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2015
Draft at Brauerei Spezial in Bamberg during the Post-Christmas Bamberg Jolly of January 2014. Pours clear amber with a creamy tan head. The nose is rife with toffee, dark fruits, mellow smoke, bread. Medium sweet flavor with lots of toasted toffee, light alcohol, faint earth. Medium bodied, smooth, with fine carbonation. Moderately sweet to finish, with dry toasted caramel, faint earthy bitterness, restrained smoke. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (3505) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2015 Draught at source 12/2014. Well-balanced smoke (dried Schwarzwälder Schinken) & toffee in aroma give way to even more well-balanced Bock flavours of plum compote, maroni, gingerbread, spices, a liquorice lining. Good plain drinkability, for a Bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (17290) - P´Castle, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2014
On tap at the Brewpub. Dunkel kupferbraunes Bier mit einer ordentlichen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch dezent rauchig, Schinken, kräftig malzig. Geschmack sehr rauchig, röstmalzig, holzig, leicht süß, Karamell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Draft at the brewery in Bamberg, November 2014. Clear chestnut brown with a medium off-white head. Papery, starchy, somewhat bland. Cara malt with light saltiness. Fizzy carbonation is brash on the tongue. Subtle paper smoke character. Lightly ashy more than meaty. Salty in the way of meaty jerky brine and liquid smoke. Served frigid so it takes some time to warm and open up but still it’s more simple than I recall, but it’s been 8 years between samples. From draft at In de Wildeman, Amsterdam in May 2006 I scored it 3.7.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (9538) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
Bamberg jolly day 2 25/01/2014. Draft at the Brewpub bamberg. Mahogany brown colour lasting thin cream head. Aroma is nutty caramel, some battery, raisin and some hot alcohol. Flavour is raisin, caramel, nutty and sweet muscavado sugar. Slick palate. Some berry bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7838) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle at worldbeertaste’s temporary leaving The Hague tasting. Poured a clear dark brown with a round bubbly head. The aroma is toffee malt light fruit. The flavour is medium bitter woody with a veggie light pumpkin like, weak smoke palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

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