Leighton (22812) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2012
Tap at the brewpub, Vienna, then a bottle shared at The Kernel, London. Pours dark brown with a creamy, light tan cap. Lovely smoke aroma, with light notes of cured ham. Flavor is bang on. Beautiful smoke, honey-cured ham, brown sugar, mild leaves. Medium bodied with fine, average creamy carbonation. Medium to long sweet-smokey finish, more honey and brown sugar, also some toast. Very solid on all fronts. Great character, great balance. Scopey (16262) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Leighton. It pours dark brown, with ruby highlights and a thick off-white. The nose is smoke, meat and some caramel. The taste is smoke, meat, wood, caramel, brown sugar, hay and some alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and smooth mouth-feel. Nice. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 My Bottom Line:Erzengel (9751) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUN 8, 2015
Within this sumptuous Rauchbock evolves smoked gouda, caramelized and bready cereals, all in a very drinkable and moreover succulent pint of wintry merriment.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam laces around the cloudy copper.
-The smokiness is evocative, yet is not as intense as Schlenkerla’s, which makes it more drinkable to me.
-All of their beers were served at the right temperature. Bravo!
-Carbonation is frothy from the tap, which in this case increase the drinkability.
-Some roastiness is tasted within too.
-The body is lusciously round and easy.
On tap at the brewpub and from a 1-liter bottle.
The beer starts great roasted. Intense woods, great smoke with not too much sweetness or malt. Great and interesting smoke profile. The aftertaste is nice smokey, malty smooth. No sweetness, nearly no bitterness with a smooth fresh smoke. Cuso (8950) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle from brewery bottle vending machine. Dark brown color with medium beige head. Strong smoked malt, sausages, bacon in aroma. Taste, smoked bacon, sausages, malty backbone, caramel. Long smokey finish. Nice.
ogivlado (8316) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 27, 2009
swing top bottle (500ml).-Courtesy of and shared with Doggythedog (thanks!)
TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2009
Dark amber coloured, medium sized pale tan head, strong smoked nose with touch of alcohol. Heavy smoked bacon taste with notes of ash and alcohol. Smooth, simple and good rauchbock.
Bouteilles de 1 l, avec bouchon de céréamique, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Arôme: Odeur de jambon fumé avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est brune foncée. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de fumée avec une pointe chocolatée. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de fumée en arrière goût. (Rating #2194) jfb (6984) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2011
(bottle) pours a hazy dark ruby colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of honey cured smoked ham, lactic acid, strawberries, herbal hops and a hint of grapefruit. flavour is mostly the same, slightly fruity, with a nice dark maltiness to accentuate the mild smoke. medium-bodied with average carbonation. Marko (6285) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 26, 2009
0.5l bottle a couple of friends brought from Wien (thanks a lot Ivana and Tomislav!), shared with ogivlado. Poured a lovely murky red body on top of which perched a bigh thick off white head that went away at a medium pace. The nose is simple but nice, buttery and smokey with light notes of alcohol. The taste is dominated by the smoke, reminding me of Dalmatian smoked bacon (panceta), built on top of a nice, very pleasant sweet maltiness with a light alcohol presence trailing behind. Somewhat buttery too. Fine mouthfeel. Sweetish, not too complex, but damn tasty. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2009
Hazy brick red-brown colour. Very nice 1-inch lacy white foam. This was out of a 1L bottle and seems straight off the draught. Earthy and caramelly in a unified way, heavy toasty, munich nuttiness, sweetish and bordering molasses, but never syrupy, all along clearly an expertly brewed lager. Very classy, if stuffy maltiness. A sweeter rauchbier, its bock base is rich and quite heavy, but it remains incredibly drinkable thanks to the plain joy it is to drink, the flavour balance, the clean toastiness and the classy, engaging carbonation. As good as their other rauchbier. Am I impressed? Sure I am. Am I surprised? Well, not really I must say.