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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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In 1987, when we arrived in Bamberg, Germany for the first time, St. Otto was not there to greet two thirsty travelers in a rented Fiat. He’d been dead for 848 years but we were alive, and our recent visit to the Belgian brewery of Orval only fanned the flames of our desire for fermented pleasures. the smoked malt(’rauch’)beers of this lovely town where St. Otto was once bishop were our siren song, luring us into deep, exotic flavors that we never before imagined in beer. Three decades later we wondered what smoked malt might add to a Belgian-style dubbel ale. Here it is, an Otto revival of sorts. We hope it helps rejuvenate some of our brain cells that were martyred in Bamberg so long ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle shared with friends. Definitely a good bit of smoke happening in this one. Like sticking your head in a camp fire. Smoked beers aren’t really my thing but I was glad I was able to try this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
2013-04-12. Lightly hazy brown body with a small tan head. Smokey iodine in the aroma, dominates over sweeter malt in the base. 5+ Flavour is similar - smokey iodine ruins a lovely sweet malt core. Light bitterness, the malt grows as it goes but it still finishes dry and smokey. Fruity malt comes out a bit as it warms up, the dubbel aspects are nice. Smooth average plus to medium bodied Palate is pretty nice. 3++ Pretty interesting but ultimately the smoke is very much not for me. Bottle shared by

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle courtesy of blankboy. Deep amber-brown pour. The aroma is rich and smoky. Nice beechwood character with a touch of spice and smoke. A little bit of fruitiness behind the smoke along with some light clove. A bit of peat and a lot of fruit with a nice peppery character. Tasty and pretty lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
750ml bottle. Slightly hazy deep ruby-amber, average lasting tan frothy head. Aroma is fruity and smokey. Taste is quite Islay - fruit in the background, some bitterness. Light body, astringent, quick finishing. Lovely

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2349) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Oddly boring smoked beer. Kinda meaty and nutty with medium sweetness. Im not sure what there is to like or dislike with this. Boring which is strange for a smoked beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (3776) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Just a smoky brown ale, very smokey and not much else, ok but very onedimensional

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle:   Deep caramel, dirty, moderate frothy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Smoked malt nose, slightly meaty, but also a bit of band-aid.   Smooth on the tongue, smidgen of smoked meat, but overall its a lot of that band-aid like plastic like so many other American examples.   Needs to be smokier with more meaty attributes.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Plasticy finish.   Luckily it isn’t too strong, but it does give off that medicinal band-aid like flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3696) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate off-white head. Nose has some strong smokey notes to it with just a hint of sweetness underneath. Taste is very slightly sweet, but has some bitter smokiness to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8726) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 A very drinkable smoked beer, with complexity. I think having for 1.5 years helped (note on bottle said 5 year shelf life). Moderate smoke aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Lasting small head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Smoked cherry raisin chocolate malts throughout. Don’t think smokeed ales are anyone’s go to beer but this was interesting. I drank it all myself with a half rack of ribs. Probably not a better way to drink it food wise.

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