JefVerstraete (1221) - BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good Rauchbier, not as smokey as Schlenkerla, but still with a lot of character!
heavy (2120) - Split, CROATIA - APR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
21/11 0.5 l bottle, thanks ogivlado for sharing! It poured clear copper body with smaller head. Very nice smoked aroma, cheese at first, then ham, peat etc. A bit of caramel changes its concept, but typical Bamberg cheese, ham and peat are very well present in flavor. Not too smoked though, for where it came from. Fuller in body, inclining to "medium" category. Finish was longer and held quite an interesting herbal note. An easy rauch to drink, expected heavier stuff here, but it’s surely a very good beer.
suprchunk (2108) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark toffee colored pour. Big peaky off-white head that slowly falls. Some lacing left behind. Malty, smoky, and a hint of roast. Sweet, smoky flavor of malt and bacon. Not as strong as the last one I had, but still very delicious.
Grima (2083) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - FEB 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sorry for the german rating, but this is a lousy rating from my "newbie" time (2007-2009), and it’s not worth of being translated. I just added it for the statistics, and to complete my backlog!
Im Glas schauts schön rötlich dunkel aus. Geruchlich ists röstmalzig, der Rauch hält sich noch sehr zurück. Der Antrunk ist ebenfalls sehr röstmalzig, im Nachgeschmack kommt dann endlich der Rauch sehr gut zur Geltung. Wirkt im Ganzen doch sehr ausgewogen. Mit einer guten Süffigkeit glänzt dieses Rauchbier ebenfalls. Zwar nicht so gut wie der große Bruder Schlenkerla, aber dennoch ein kleines feines Rauchbierchen.
Grzesiek79 (3151) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 22, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
basement aromas, herbs, coffee, chocolate, nuts, leather, licorice, smoke, ginger, skunky, rotten eggs, brown, white foam, brown foam, rocky head, full body, thick feel, flat, long finish, light sweetness, very bitter,
TreinJan (4) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2011 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown with reddish hue, foam light brown. Nose is mainly malt, with some smoke. Taste is somewhat sweet, malty, smoked and some bitterness. Atertaste is moderately bitter, smoke lingers as well. A fuller version of the Lager.
Ernest (6164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated at the brewery/restaurant Nov 2011.
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (caramel, toasted bread, nuts), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers), with notes of apple skin, smoked meat, peach/apricot, black tea, tobacco.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
I must admit the aroma is pretty amazing, and more complex than Schlenkerla’s Märzen (although the latter’s smoke character is more enticing). Watery mouthfeel, but very well-balanced and clean.
ogivlado (5584) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 500ml. -from some random shop in Bamberg. Clear amber coloured, small off-white head, light smokey nose. Smokey malty, light caramel and pancetta with mild woody notes. Simple and pleasant smoked beer.
Marko (3896) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Croatian November ’11 RB tasting, Ogi’s bottle, found in Bamberg. Nice coppery amber body, small off white head. Sweet smokey, malty nose. Nice smooth pancetta malty smokey taste, light hop, sl. (something else), slightly grainy. Light aftertaste. Expected it to be better, but it’s still very good stuff.
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a small reddish brown head. Aromas of liquid smoke, sardines, and firewood. Flavors of chocolate, espresso, and smoke. Nice dry crisp finish. Smokey aftertaste stays with you for awhile.