Brewed by Brauerei Spezial
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2355) - 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 (9243) - Hasborn, 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 (8377) - 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 (4508) - 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 (5289) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zer0 (1137) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours clear dark amber. Aroma is smoke, cigar, citrus, caramel and tar. Taste is moderate sweet. Medium bodied. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (6040) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
worldbeertaste (1709) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moravius (701) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 24, 2014
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (16802) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
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.

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