barncatmatt (2281) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. pours very dark red which looks brown unless held against light. has a neverending medium sized beige head. aromas are pure smoke. i cant pick out anything else and thats waiting from fridge cold to room temp. flavours are of camp fire with undertones of malt with hops rounding out the finish. this is a very well brewed beer and it truely is a drinking experience. something id definatly have to be in the mood for.
JK (5940) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 Dark brown color with some red in the color. Very little carbonation. The smoke aroma is powerful and smells very good. Flavor is smoked of course, but there is some roasting beef and bacon specifically. Full flavored and full bodied with a medium palate. The epitome of smoked beers, and I am happy I came to like these.
Stine (1768) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 Deep , beautiful mahogany pour. Thin layer of beige lasts a while. Full, intriguing aroma of hickory, charred brown sugar ham, pine smoke. The schlenkerla signature is pure and distinctive. Initial taste of crisp hops and well-mannered smoke. A bit of vinegar, bitter chocolate, and thoroughly blackened roast. Hint of lysol and strange fruitiness. Pristine balance, though. Finishes dirty and dry with a touch of tartness. Smooth and overly mild palate. Lulls a bit at the end. The munich sweetness is fairly marginal, but it’s solid.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light brown color with a small light tan head. That patented Schlenkerla big smoky bacon aroma is quite massive in the nose. I always find it tough to pull out other notes in smoke beers because thats really all I get. The taste is quite smoky as well, but big on the rich maltiness as well. Almost leaves a roasty flavor in the aftertaste. The finish was sharp and crisp with a campfire smokiness feeling to it. This has some decent balance to it. Nice smoked beer. These guys know what they’re doing.
stoutfellow2 (20) - Peterborough, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Massive smoke aroma. Malt on the palate but overpowered by huge smoky bacon flavours. An acquired taste undoubtedly, but one worth acquiring!
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour: amber, deep red hues. Head: creamy offwhite. Aroma: meaty, strong smoke, charred. Flavor: meaty and smokey, very earthy and burnt. Palate: smooth. Finish: smokey roasty.
Jerre (3260) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 50 cl. Yesterday @ ratebeer meeting, Kulminator.
Amber brown color, with a beige head. Aroma smoked, spicy. Medium body. Taste = malts, smoked, a bit sweetness. Not too bad.
yespr (41884) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 50 cL bottle. Pours amber brown with a lacing light brown head. Meady and smoked aroma. Bacon flavoured and quite smoked. Damn this is good.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. For starters, please note that overpowering smoked meat smells are not my favorite. And this beer is overpoweringly full of smoked meat aroma. Immediate smells of beef jerky - very unique. Rich dark amber brown with a nice foamy head. Can taste the smokiness as well. Leaves a dry smoke flavor on the tongue. Flavor isn’t nearly as overpowering as the smell - hints of sweet malt to it. Taste is actually quite nice. I may not love this beer - but it sure does have character!
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2009 #300 - from City Beer Store in S.F.
Poured a rich dark brown in a weizen glass with a nice light tan head. Good lacing too. Smell was very reminiscent of salted and peppered beef jerky and smoked bbq, and although it was very obvious, it wasn’t as extremely overpowering or offensive as I feared. I found it extremely enticing and the taste was not a letdown either. The base of the beer itself was smooth, perfectly malty and sweet with a touch of lingering smokiness and light bitterness in the finish. It was very full flavored, not overdone and perfectly crisp from the carbonation, and I was shocked at how drinkable this stuff was. I expected this to be a letdown b/c I was quite excited to try it, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Very good, and I can’t wait to try the other 2 varieties.