TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Several glasses at Brauerei Spezial and Cafe Abseits in Nov. 2011: Deep ruby with a faint glimmer of rust. Creamy but broken eggshell head. Bright and secuctive bock aromas swirled with pumpernickel bread, molasses, liquefied toffee, rich smoke pungency and shades of coffee. Firm, lively, tickling carbonation. Stiff cookielike malt and potent smoke links up with ever deepening waves of lush melanoidins. Spicy hops gracefully splash the malty sweetness with captivating precision. Lusciously candyish and plummy bock character proportionately mirrors the smokiness. Delightful depth of sugary malt derivatives evoke notions of coffee and blackcurrant. Dab of plum along with a molasses astringency make themselves present, though the beer never becomes overly sweet. Lustrous flavors of malt continue as the sweetness wanes, lapping the tongue with more cookie, biscuit and toffee. Candyish firmness echoes the exuberant and punchy bock profile. Round and very clean finish is adorned with everlasting malt and a charcoal sharpness drizzled with toffee and creamed hazelnut coffee. Very complex and nicely balanced.
BlackHaddock (4144) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown 0.5 litre bottle, 6.9% ABV. best before 31 Mar 09, drank 17 Feb 09. A gift from Fred Waltman: I forget what he got in exchange.
Poured into a La Chouffe tulip glass.
Mahogany reddy/brown and clear for a rauchbier, sadly what little head arrived soon left. A small collar of light tan was all that remained.
A slight burnt aroma, a bit like a smoked ham or bar-b-que briquette but not as pronounced.
The taste was malty sweet with a hint of smoking jacket and cigars. As the beer warms the smokiness becomes more prevalent and begins to take over completely.
Far from a rich, deep or creamy body, it does however have a presence. The alcohol is just about evident and it warms the mouth as the flavours begin to die away.
Ernest (6352) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated both at Abseits and the brewery Nov 2011.
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, toasted bread, caramel), with notes of smoked meat, fireplace, date, brown sugar, black tea.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation.
Among Spezial’s best offerings. Not the most satisfying mouthfeel (as with most of their beers), but a very nice aroma and flavor balance.
Braudog (5902) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewpub. Dark, ruddy brown. Mild brown ale, again with what I find as the characteristic Spezial mellow smokiness, a good comforting winter beer. (#4392, 12/2/2011)
MPA (838) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark, fine head. Malty aroma with sweetness and spices. Slight smoked flavour, malt, sweetness and a little bitterness. Quite fresh actually.
TBone (12998) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 500ml (ABV 6.7%, BB 05/2011)
Thanks Bierkoning! Deep nut brown color, good cloudy beige head. Aroma has smoke, barley grains, paper and caramel, maybe a bit berryish too. Front is sweetish caramel malty. Then lingering smokeyness, some alcohol and light hoppyness. Smoother and less smokey than Schlenkerlas, but pleasant and stylish rauchbock.
Koelschtrinker (11056) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malziger Antrunk, leicht rauchig, die Intensität überzeugt, da sowohl die Aspekte des Bocks als auch des Rauchmalzes deutlich erkennbar sind. Die Rauchigkeit, die sich dem bekannten "Schinken-Aroma" annähert, wird stärker, ebenso der würzige Beiton. Die Rauchigkeit ist nun der Hauptbestandteil, cremig, wie vorher sehr harmonisch. Im Abgang etwas süßer und malziger, die Rauchnoten sind hier nur noch zaghaft vertreten. Das Bier stellt einen guten Kontrast zu dem viel rauchigeren Schlenkerla Urbock dar. Gerne wieder!
Vielen Dank an MoritzF für das Bier!
Test vom 24.3.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,12,13,13,12,12 - 12,30
Dedollewaitor (14108) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Pours clear amber with a small off white head. Nose is sweet malty and with mild notes of smoke and bacon. Flavors are sweet malts, caramel, rye, sugar and subdued smoke. Medium bodied.
skortila (4622) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Wildeman. The aroma has caramel, toffee, some fruits, tobacco, smoked meat. Clear, dark amber coloured beer with a lasting, off-white head. The taste is sweet, has caramel, dark fruits, tobacco, meat and some grassy hops. Light bodied, bit sticky. Nice beer.
Pinball (10928) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from ølbutikken
clear amber small light brown head.
faint smoke, faint flowery sort of sourness. malts in the aroma.
palte is pretty strange, sort of bubbly and soapy
flavor is smoked, sweet malty, slightly sourish. dry , almost sort of bretty. (not sure this was intended)