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RATINGS: 210   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerenberger (1263) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Smoke and a hint of wood in the nose. Pours a cloudy tea color with an off-white mostly diminishing head. Taste is a combination smoke and sweetness. Hints of honey combined with a woody smokiness provides a smooth bodied and soft carbonation beer. Overall, very drinkable but not one that I would want to one after the other. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2014) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
750ml bomber from Picadilly. Pours a murky brown color with a large sudsy beige head that has good retention. The Aroma is soft with smoked malts and some misplaced fruits. The taste features that classic Bamberg smoked malt flavor intermixed with pears, apricots and bitter nuts. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Decent smoked beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
[5226-20130412] 750mL bottle. Plastic and smoky old permanent markers aroma. Hazy, dark amber orange body with a quick foamy white head. More permanent marker and smoky sweet vegetal base flavour. Full body. Really interesting, super smoky and has that unique permanent marker throwback to my childhood. (6/3/7/3/14) 3.3

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (9889) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is smoked, roasted malt, chocolate. Flavour is smoked, roasted malt, cholate, caramel. Medium body. OK/Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2614) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Reddish brown pour with a cream-colored head. Aroma of smoke, dark fruit, and caramel. Mostly sweet malt flavor with dark fruit and caramel, some bread and hint of smoke flavor. Gets sweeter as beer warms. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (6333) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle 750ml @ Geokkjer
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, smoke, caramel, dried fruits, brown sugar. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long warm and fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (12605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle, 75cl corked. It pours an unclear, dark reddish brown body under a small, light beige head. Some lacings. Smoked, ham-like aroma with some dried fruits and hints of chocolate. Bonfire notes. A tad too fruit/dried fruity this one. The same goes for the flavor, which is nice, but too fruity. Brown sugar and ham, some wood smoke. Medium body, semi-dry and quite softly carbonated. Lasting finish. Well, shouldn’t complain I guess, but it’s not my favorite smoked in any way. 131116

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (5237) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some smoked notes, grains and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malt with some smoked notes, tar, dried fruits and tar. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kayres (388) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Hazy brown. Thin tan head. Sweet smooth and very smokey. Medium bodied bit nutty and a bit carmely ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (5863) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2013
750 ml bottle via a trade a couple years ago. Probably a late 2010/early 2011 vintage. Pours a cloudy amber with a very big beige head. Virtually no smokiness, just some husky dryness on top of a lot of fruits- apples, grapes, plums- a hint of spice, and rye toast. Light-bodied, with a mellow, thin, smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. Just not smoky. Probably too old, but still. This was a letdown.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crispy34 (326) - Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bomber bottle. Aroma is has some smoke, but also a sour smell as well. Appearance is brown with some head. Taste starts out kinda belgian eSt then goes smoky. Palate is dry and smoky. Overall, a different beer in a good way. I would buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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