kermis (9070) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared. Pours clear brown with a small tan head. Aroma of light smoke, caramel and malt. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
worldbeertaste (1789) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smells of sweet cherries, smoke, sausage, smoked malt. Medium thin body. Tastes of dark caramel, mild malt and a fruity smoked finish. Interesting and a bit boring but drinkable. A bit thin.
Moravius (1001) - Beijing, CHINA - FEB 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bamberger Bierwochenende, Bier Nr. 7. Vom Faß im Spezialkeller, Bamberg. - Tiefstes Rotbraun, rasch schwindender beigefarbener Schaum. In der Nase karamellige Süße, Blockmalz und ein Hauch von Rauch (Schwarzwälder Schinken). Im Antrunk Rosinensüße und Blockmalz; schwer aber nicht dick. Dezente Rauchnote; leichte dunkle Frucht. Mild rezent. Für ein Bockbier enorm leicht und süffig. Abgang fein fruchtig mit ganz leichter Zitrusnote, leicht grasig-pfeffriger Hopfen. - Süßes Blockmalz, dezenter Rauch, fruchtige Note und kühlender Hopfen in perfekter Harmonie. Vorzüglich!
madmitch76 (20818) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
25th January 2014
Bamberg Bash Day 2. On tap at the delightfull brewpub. Clear deep amber - brown beer. Small pale cream coloured head. Smooth palate, fine carbonation. Rich malt with burned toffee. Whisper of esters. Light bitterness before the crispy finish.
AndySnow (6216) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where: At the brewpub.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a thick off-white head.
Aroma: Smokey malt aroma.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Smoked tar, sausage, malt.
Theydon_Bois (15562) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Day 2 of the post Xmas Bamberg Jolly, tap at Spezial Bamberg, 25/01/14.
Dark chestnut brown with a moderate beige covering that dissipates but retains.
Nose is smoked malt, toffee, light rubber, smoked ham.
Taste comprises a big malt load, toffee, smokey twang but not huge, brown sugar, brown bread dough.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, malt lead closure.
Decent, not a huge amount of depth for the ABV but subtle smoke as per the other Spezial beers.
rlgk (16556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub. Deep amber beer with a nice beige head. Malty caramel aroma, grassy, dark bread, toffee. Malty caramel flavor, hay, bready, fruity notes, grassy notes.
harrisoni (16587) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Spezial brewery Bamberg. Dark brown beer lasting beige head. Strong malty bocky aroma. But with some brown malts as well. Bit of perfume on aroma too. It’s strong i can tell. No smoke. Just strong brown malt. Christ how strong is this tastes stronger than it probably is. It’s good but I wouldn’t want more than this. A bit like an old in the UK. But not sour. Full in mouth. Good
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A medium smoky brown lager with a splendid malt backbone. Lovely.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed one or two months after receiving it through private importation.
The look: Cloudy mahogany body with some small particles topped by a large beige head with medium retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is moderately smoky with a smoke sensation that is somewhere between smoked pork/leather and beach wood fire. Nice malts, full creamy mouthfeel, juicy caramel, fresh cookies, oily cashews, wet tobacco leafs, medium amount of wooden smoke. The type of malt backbone I would expect from the best Viennas (whatever this made-up style is, beers like Heater Allen Coastal). This beer is highly sessionnable. To my taste I thought the malts stole the show from the smoke in this beer, I almost wished it was even less smoked and more of a normal bock/Vienna, something I never thought I’d say about a Bamberg smoke. In North-America it is impossible to tell someone “I drank a Spezial beer” without sounding like your IQ is below 80.
Foffern (1595) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample. Has a dark cloudy amber colour with a medium lasting beige head. Has a pleasant and balanced smoky and sweet aroma, almost like smoked meat. The flavour also feels pleasant with a medium to heavy smokyness, and more of the sweet smoked meat that’s dominating this beer. The aftertaste is a bit sour and is lasting. Has a light and slick mouth feel, and a light bitterness. It’s naturally filled with smoke and is nice, but could maybe be richer and not so one dimensional.