Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, - SEP 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A healthy beige head mostly stays above the clear copper with ruby tinges. Woohoo, more smokey than anticipated. There’s plenty of beechwood smoke in there, bringing forth woodsy, tobacco, leafy and earthy notes, but in a rather candied Munich malt profile where nuttiness has a vegetal lactone connotation and vanilla hints. From the nose, it smells like it’s going to be sweet. Yet in mouth, while its bock nature introduces a malt forward and hop timid nature, the generous smoke provides a nice counterbalance and in a way, so does the beer’s leanliness. It is fairly thin for a beer of this stature and this makes it seem less in your face caramelly sweet. Plenty of bready and cerealic nuances to the maltiness. Tasty product that can be regarded as an easy drinker, as a captivating food matcher and as a rather complex beverage on its own.
Zlotta (1331) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DwarfeD (2385) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BelgiskOlklub (1031) - Viby J, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Leighton (17473) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
bartlebier (3217) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Beerhunter111 (14807) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
3fourths (8988) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
mR_fr0g (8079) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jmgreenuk (6970) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - FEB 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Zer0 (1201) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours clear dark amber. Aroma is smoke, cigar, citrus, caramel and tar. Taste is moderate sweet. Medium bodied. Ok.