Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Can’t get enough of this fantastic smoked doppelbock. Pillowy head. Huge nose. The perfect taste of smoke and sweet deep malts. Rauchbier is an acquired taste for most. Once you acquire it you’ll feel like you’re in a secret club. Schlenkerla makes rich and profound beers. They are among the best. I drink this beer in 500 mL usually three at a time. It’s fantastic. jackl (8271) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Keg @ Port Street Beer House. The pour’s deep, rich brown with a small tan head. The aroma’s of rich smoked ham, brown sugar, charred wood, smooth leather. The taste is much the same. Rich, toasted malts, wood, ham. Delicate sweet smoke and a bit of syrup. Some roasted nuts. Supple and smooth body. Wonderful vitality. Overall, I don’t like smoked beers much, but credit where it’s due. This is a genuinely well-crafted beer. tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2012
bottle pours a slightly hazy dark reddish brown, with somewhat thin off-white tan head. I’m familiar with Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbiers, but the aroma on this one is off the charts. Woah! Roasty, smoked barbecue flavors - pork, smoky vegetable stew, sweet hickory, campfire. Also some wood aroma, birch. Also beneath the dominating smoke is still a readily distinguishable doppelbock aroma, caramel, brown sugar, wet leaves, soft fruit. There’s also a nuttyness. You can really get different aromas out of this on almost every sniff as it warms. Medium bodied, light for 8% (in a good way), nicely warming. While the same tastes are present in the flavor as in the aroma, here the doppelbock style dominates over the smoke, while both are still distinct. Finish is lingering smokyness. Overall an excellent brew, and probably my favorite from Aecht Schlenkerla yet, which is saying alot. Boutip (6433) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of smoked malt is powerful though well balanced by some caramel malt. Taste is a great balance between some caramel malt with some light sweet notes and a good level of smoked notes. Body is not as full as expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and not as smoky as expected since the malt really cut through some of the smoke. ebone1988 (2040) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Aroma is interesting, smoky, like a ham scent, but sweet with caramel. The apperance is copper, one finger light brown head. The taste is weird. It tastes exactly as it smells. It holds qualities with a doppelbock and finishes tasting like a honey baked ham. Initially you get a caramel sweetness but it slowly turns into ham. Its wild stuff. The mouthfeel is great, very malty, soft carbonation, goes down smooth. Overall, its fascinating and worth a try!
madquacker (1162) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2012
This is the best smoke beer I have had. But I still don’t get it. Pork rind flavoured beer anyone? Is sweeter and more approachable than the beech variety. Too much like medicine enfused with rancid bacon for my tastes. BlackHaddock (7518) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2012
Half-litre bottle, just out of date when poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard on 14 Nov 2012 @ home.
Good clear amber body with a creamy tan coloured head (for twenty seconds), the head sadly soon turned into a wispy covering and collar.
Smoked German ham came straight into my mind as I poured the beer and the aroma left the bottle. This beer is a liquid version of smoked ham that has been infused with dark, sweet, malty molasses and wraped in hops.
Really enjoyed this beer: I’ve been to Bamberg a few times and have struggled to embrace the whole rauch scene in general, wish I’d found this during my visits, it might have changed my view of smoky brews: oak obviously does it for me rather than the beech! Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 12, 2012
poured into a dimple glass it produced barely any head. it had a nice amber color. A nice smokey aroma hit my nose. the flavors were malt forward with a subtle hint of smoke. its paired well with my cheese and cracker snack zoucrew102 (1991) - - NOV 10, 2012
Aroma is very smokey but very inviting. Amber colored. Taste is smoky but it is very smooth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone fidelis83 (2481) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Nearly clear copper pour with a 1 finger, creamy, soapy beige head. Aroma is definitely recognizeable as oak smoke, some light caramel, tobacco (not smoke), old capsite, wet grass, spice and a bunch more awesome smoke. Flavor is sweet and smoky up front, some caramel and malt sweetness, toffee and bready notes, a decent dose of planty and spicy hops and some grilled fruit and bread to the finish. Medium body with a creamy, oily feel throughout and an all around light to moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty stuff, I really need to buy more Schlenkerla beer for the cold months.