Jayb0 (1197) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Excellent beer. The description is spot on, this is right there between schwarzbier and smoked porter. The smokiness is so well done it melds with , doesn’t dominate the somewhat creamy sweet, light coffee malt character. The lagering keeps it clean and sharp at the finish. More please. jamaty (2143) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 7, 2015
Negra, con notable espuma beige. Buen aroma, ahumado y con notas de chocolate. En boca cuerpo medio, base dulce de caramelo y malta tostada, y chocolate amargo. Final ahumado que compensa el dulzor predominante. Rica. smiley31 (12) - East Aurora, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2015
This smoky black lager was a great recommendation from our brew house. The rich caramel flavors and clean crisp palate made this something I will enjoy again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone llkc (2341) - århus, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2015
duft: røg rugbrød. vanilje.lidt grøn.
smag: karamel. svag røg blød æodt krydret eftersmag DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2015
6oz sample from a 12oz bottle purchased at the beer cabin in Plattsburgh. The aroma has some smoked malts with a little tinny, metallic character. Light roast, too. Transparent ruddy mahogany body with a medium light tan head present. Starts with mild smoke and some metallic sweetness. The middle is a bit thin and watery. Finishes with a little roast. A bit thin. Kind of lacking body, but smoke is decent.
jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 25, 2015
From 12oz bottle, variety pack $16, poured into 16oz tulip glassSlackerMads (3360) - DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015
Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, caramel
Appearance: black with tan head
Taste: Light bitter
Palate: medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, crisp bitter finish
Overall: Really enjoy this. Reminds me a lot of a really great schwarzbier. Nice aroma and wonderful balance of roasted and chocolate malts. Very rich malty taste with some smokey aromas. A very solid dark, lightly smoked, lager. Nice clean, crisp taste.
Bottle. Dark brown with a small quickly dissipating tan head. The nose has some roasted malt, syrup, light toffee. The flavour offers mild smoke, roasted malt, figs, light caramel and toffee. Medium body, the texture feels a bit thin and sticky, prickling carbonation. Some sweetness, balanced bitterness. Soft finish with roasted malt. Ok, but doesn’t excite me much. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Bottles and draught from debut onwards, most recently Spring 2015.NikkTwist (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Dark ebony, though in the light it reveals garnet-tinged mahogany edges and a good clarity. Head is a dark beige and small, with moderate to low retention.
THEY FIXED IT!! I wanted to love this beer forever but was unable to do so on account of the horribly bready/vinous flavors that some malt or other was imparting. It dominated even the smokiness and just made the beer a chore to drink. Granted, this one is a dark lager at nearly 6% and not every smoked is going to be Schlenkerla Helles lager....but still, I could barely choke down a bottle/pint of the stuff. So I gave up on it for a few years and within the past 6 months or so, I randomly tried it again and was very pleased to discover that they’d completely cut that out. Now it’s just rich malty caramel flavors with some brown sugar and brown bread balanced by a subtle phenolic smokey dryness and juicy, floral hoppiness.
Overall, a medium to medium-full body but tightly carbonated and not intensely sweet (though certainly tending on the sweet side). I can appreciate the restraint on the smoked malts too, as this is a semi-flagship and it thus needs to appeal to a larger crowd. Wonderful texture, good smokiness and malt flavors, no qualms here.
Draft at Bierstube. Clear very dark ruby brown pour with a large frothy beige head. Rows of lace. Unexpected creamy body. Lots of roasted malts. Pecans. Chocolate cocoa. Very modest rauchbier smokiness. Drinkable but lacking direction. larsga (7540) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2015
Big beige head. Clear reddish brown body with light carbonation. Smoky creosote aroma with syrupy caramel notes. Sweet earthy mineraly syrup taste with roasty butterscotch and caramel notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, buttery mouthfeel. Sweetish earthy toasted rice aftertaste with roasty butterscotch and chocolate notes. Minerals, too. Nice, interesting, drinkable. (0.355l bottle, from Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)