TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Spezial brewpub in Dec. 2011: Beaming rusty-chestnut. Fine-bubbled ivory halo of foam. Bright candied plum and fresh melanodin-rich malt aromatics interlaced with pumpernickel bread, shoe polish, milk chocolate, creamed coffee, rock candy and toffee pudding. Stiff, loose, big-bubbled carbonation. Remarkably textured first gulp reveals staunch minerals beneath a complex tobacco, milk chocolate earthiness, and melanoidiny interplay. Delicate kiss of plum acid cuts the beefy malt and enhances the bright and snappy minerals. Pervasive rauch character is long, soft and notably refined, with no discernible raspiness. Deep creamed coffee and well-measured hard candy notes lap the palate while riding the perpetually rich malty wave. Charcoal sharpness and firm hazelnut accents offer plenty of contrast to the lush malt bedding. Super ripe punch of fruity esters heightens drinkability, as appropriately subtle as it is. Scrubbing minerals couple with sassy licorice flavors as they punctuate the continued malty succulence. A supremely flavorsome yet perilously drinkable rendition that’s bursting with melanoidins. My favorite beer from Spezial. Simply fantastic.
MarcoDL (2444) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great German smokebeer, on par with the greats from Aecht Schlenkerla. Has that fine oaky malty taste of smoke.
mR_fr0g (4156) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bamberg jolly day 3 26/01/2014. Bottle shared on the train. Had this a couple of time before. Aroma is smoked, sausage, salami and sweetnutty brown malts. Flavour is biscuity malts, toffee and smoked meats and wood. Some puckering in the finish. Average palate. Overall very blaanced and smoked malt is integrated well.
Theydon_Bois (10351) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Day 3 of the post Xmas Bamberg Jolly, bottle from Spezial shared on the train from Nuremberg to Freising, 26/01/14.
Clear dark amber with a moderate beige covering that retains well.
Nose is smoked malts, toffee, smoked gammon, bread dough.
Taste comprises caramel, smoked malts, brown sugars, earthy bread tones.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation.
Great stuff, decent level of smoke, well balanced, the best train beer of the weekend (the CDA aside) !
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
26th January 2014
Bamberg Bash Day 3. Train swig. Clear amber beer, good pale cream coloured head. Palate is airy and light and very dry. Smooth smoked fish, little dried fruits. Dry finish.
AndySnow (4156) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: Bought at the brewpub, had on a train during the Bamberg Jolly 2014.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Sweet malt, caramel, smoke, caramel.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Smoked malt, caramel, Smooth smokiness.
hawanna (2386) - GERMANY - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,5 l bottle BB 21.01.2014
red, clear, frothy, white foam, toast, roasty, cereal, smoke, earthy, woody, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, thick feel, oily feel, average carbonation, long smokey finish,
kappldav123 (5246) - GERMANY - SEP 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bierbörse Osterode. Deep golden in the glass, light brownish, small head. Mild-smokey aroma. Starts mild malty, modest roasty-smokey, not too intense. Finish still mild, modest smokey, hints of cookies. Some notes of caramel. Not bad!
Cristobal37 (280) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle direct from Bamberg. I’ve only recently turned the smoked beer corner, however drinking this I realized that I prefer a lighter smoked beer. With this one and the Schlenkerla Marzen you get a palatable dose of smoked malt. I prefer the smoked Weizen personally. A filling beer, that couples great with pork chops. Thanks Lajos!
kiwianer (3413) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It smells aromatic-smoky, intensive, smokymalty. The taste is smoky, intensive, balanced, aromatic, delicious, a bit hoppy. Good /12/12/12/12