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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 74
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
First tapping every first Thursday of October. A bitter Smokebock for the strongbeer-season (October through December). Matured for weeks in the deep rock-cellar and tapped freshly from the oakwood cask.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 08-23-2001)
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Not quite opaque dark mahogany with tan, creamy head. I'm a sucker for a good looking dark.
smell: Yep, that's a Rauchbier. This is my first of the style and this nose nails it; "Imagine a smokiness so robust, so assertive, that it tastes of spiced, smoked meat." (to quote from the style guide). One reviewer called this "hot dog in a bottle".
taste: A lot smoother and subdued than expected. Very tasty.
mouthfeel: Fairly high carbonation.
drinkability: Good stuff. Not sure I'll be loading up on it, but glad i tried it.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 22:30:22 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with reddish edges. Has a small, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Deep and smoky. This smells like smoked cheese or meat. It literally smells like there should be bacon bits in this beer. Behind the smokiness, there is a bit of a sweet malty smell to it.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front. Towards the back, it gains a malty character with the same smokiness detected in the smell. The flavor is more subdued than I was expecting but still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery and light-bodied but not disappointingly so.

Drinkability: Rauchbiers are certainly unique brews. I've never known a beer that tasted and smelt like meat. This is the first rauchbier I've had but I'll certainly be looking to try more of them in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 13:00:12 | More by wahhmaster
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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The color of the beer is nearly identical to that of the glass bottle, a dark brownish-amber. A finger of beige-colored head forms and sustains nicely.

Smoke isn't subtle on the nose; this is an aggressively smoky, almost meaty smelling beer. Campfire-like, it reminds me of meat grilling over a wood fire. There's a solid malt character beneath the smoke, semi-sweet, and a slight mineral/metallic twang.

The palate is more balanced than the aroma, initially at least, exhibiting a rich caramelized and toasted malt character that segues into intense smoke and wood flavors. It's a bit metallic, though that's quickly washed away by lingering smoke, which clings to the palate in the finish, eventually melding with the mild hop bitterness.

I can understand why this beer is so revered, but it's not something I can drink a lot of. In small quantities it's very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 23:45:34 | More by largadeer
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice 2finger fizzy and little fluffy head fades somewhat quickly then slows over clear dark molasses coffee brown color. It leaves a nice lacing too.

Nose comes on strong with lots of smoke, smoked meat and cheese like aroma, some dark malts with a little roast and plenty of dark crystal, touch of sweetness, some dark wheat and boch like malty lager aroma.

Taste brings lots more smoke, again with the smoked cheese and some smoked bacon flavor. Some light sweetness with more heavy dark shears and malts and more boch flavors. Some light roast and touch of minerality. Some light hops in the background with some bitterness and light noble grassy herbal hop flavors. Finishes still somewhat sweet and a little sticky. More of the minerality salty like flavor is there with a little lingering molasses and plenty of smoke flavor, a little creamy malt late and some lingering bitterness.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is a little lower with the sticky finish, minerality salty flavor, and heavy smoke which are all tolerable but knock it down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 22:00:53 | More by jlindros
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4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

appearance; very dark brown but not cloudy, frothy tan head, the contrast of the beer color with the foam is just beautiful

smell; some malts but mostly very smokey and strong, like smoked deer with blunt juniper cured ham undertones, this might be hop florals trying to come through the smoke but it's a stretch to say this.

taste; very, very smokey malts, might have some rounded sweetness but mostly smoke. This is exactly what this style should be. Very rich, the robust notes of a Bock pair perfect with the smooth smoke. Very strong flavor but remains pleasant.

mouthfeel; frothy, massaging, and thick on the palate. Ridiculously nice!

drinkability; heavy but tasty enough for one to drink this in quantity but it will lose some of its richness, best to enjoy only a few at a time.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 04:32:43 | More by Sachsenfreude
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4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this Rauchbier on tap and from a bottle. This review is for a bottle I had at the Nachbar during the Schnitzelburg Walk in Germantown, Louisville, KY. Poured into a glass mug.


do I really need to say more?

the beer poured dark, dark brown with a hint of amber in the light, like coca-cola. It had a lingering creamy tan head that left a thick lace in the glass.

The aroma was rich and beautiful like a smokehouse full of freshly curing meats marinated in maple syrup.

The flavors of the smokehouse come on strong and rich with big bacon and charred wood in front of a slightly sweet smoked malt backbone. This is a meal in a glass.

Low-medium carbonation and a medium-full body rounds this out to a near perfect beer and definitely one of the top smoked beers in my book.

I can't drink buckets of this brew like I can with Rodenbach, but I have wonderful memories built around the rich, smokey characteristics of this beautiful beast.

One of the world's greatest breweries!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 02:47:34 | More by johncampbell
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After trying the Marzen version of their rauchbier, I had to give this one a whirl too.

A- pours a clear hue of sepia topped by a quickly dissipating finger of beige head

S- more peaty and less hammy than the marzen, a bit more like a campfire than smoked meat but still very delicious- especially in smelling the original malt characteristics beneath the smoke

T- a bit more subdued than the marzen as well, with just as many layers but not as over-the-top smoky and hearty as i expected

M- medium body with slight crispness and a bit more smokiness than the original sip, believe it or not

D- drinks well enough, but it doesn't leap out and scream for more

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 09:55:08 | More by BDJake
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Just about to open the bottle and see what lurks inside. I've been waiting to try this one as well as several of the other Rauchbiers from the brewery. That being said, here goes.

Look: Beautiful dark amber and ruby brown in color, with a thick creamy billowy head. Simply beautiful

Smell: Right off the bat it exhibits a smoked meat and wood aroma (particularly sausage, but also some ribs and steak) with a lurking presence or roasted malt caramel and brown sugar, followed by freshly baked bread and a slightly nutty characteristic. Wonderful smell overall.

Taste: The nose doesn't lie, right off the bat I get the flavor of spicy smoked German sausage, charred ribs, and beef jerky. It also exhibits a brown sugar quality that reminds me of barbecue sauce and exhibits a slight roasted bitterness character that reminds me of coffee as well as the flavor or char. Good overall, not as good as I expected but still quite tasty.

Feel: Smooth with a tingly feeling on the tongue at first that leads into a slightly thick creamy sensation. Quite pleasing to say the least.

Drinkability: This thing really gives you a wallop, I've had one and I'm already done I don't need anything else after this.

Final notes, Quite a good beer overall. Looks and smells wonderful and is very potent. Tastes pretty good, and feels very good, but one of these will be more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 00:09:40 | More by MBPChead
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District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Splitting a bottle with my wife this afternoon. One of her favorite beers enjoyed on a beautiful autumn-like day.

A: Dark walnut hue. When held to the light, the beer becomes more transparent and I notice the slow ascension of bubbles throughout the glass. There is an off white head that recedes to a quarter inch and holds steady, leaving a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

S: This aroma defines rauchbier, in my opinion. Smoke, campfire, burning meats, summer sausage, roasted malts. The scents are absolutely fantastic.

T: The taste does not disappoint. Fabulous smoky taste, with a salami or sausage flavor in there, as well. This is to beer what Lagavulin is to single malt scotch. Everything is balanced so well - this is a pleasure to drink. This beer is perhaps the perfect pairing with a meat and cheese spread.

M: Very smooth, thin to medium bodied. The smoky aftertaste is delightful. Alcohol hidden very well.

D: Very drinkable, though I find one glass to be sufficient. This brewery sets the standard for German rauchbiers. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 18:11:21 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been scared of this one for a while.
Pours dark copper with an off-white creamy head leaving great lacing.
Most prominent aroma is of course the smoky character, seemingly mixing smoked almonds with smoked ham. Very nice! Underneath is a lot of caramel malt, but this beer is definately more focused on the smoke.
As a flavour, its even more noticeable, very woody. Accompanying it is some nice caramel that just can't keep up with the smoke. Grassy and spicy hops are also noticeable, contributing a mild but pleasant bitterness.
Carbontion is just a little too high in my opinion.
Pleansantly surprised with this, I really liked it!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 04:41:19 | More by CrazyDavros
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Rauchbier, the only other smokey beer I have had was Alaskan Smoked Porter. Poured into a thick walled beer mug, this beer has a clear mahogany color, looking ruby red against a light. Medium size off white head with average retention. Some spotty lacing. Pronounced, strong smoky aroma!!!! Like smoked salmon or smoked cheese. Very nice.

Taste is good as well, Big strong smokey taste backed up by solid sweet malt. THis is just right

Mouthfeel is light and sharp...This is a lager.

Drinkability is good, this is a sipping beer. The smokiness is just right, flavor is solid and it is light enough to make you want more.

This one is a winner

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 01:58:44 | More by JayQue
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nose is incredibly smoky, mesquite wood. Dark, almost opaque body. Taste is overpoweringly smoky (but good!) with very faint apple and heavy malt. Complemented by smoked Gouda, for obvious reasons. Mouthfeel is almost insubstantial, not the focus of this beer. Highly drinkable, especially with cheeses.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 03:30:39 | More by zaphodchak
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2.53/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Notes from last night (8/10). 500ml bottle in to a pint glass last night.

A- Beer itself is dark, dark brown. Poured with a small off-white head.

S- Intense smoke. All I could think of was bottled Liquid Smoke. Some bacon fat notes as well.

T- Just a huge dose of intense woody smoke. Again I couldn't shake the association with the smell of Liquid Smoke. The smoke dies off pretty quickly, but it was so intense I didn't taste any of the other flavors that might be there. Bitter, and no sweetness at all. Finishes pretty clean.

M- Medium bodied.

D- I opened this on a day I grilled a beef tri-tip roast for optimal tasting conditions, but I still couldn't handle this beer. I only made it 3 or 4 sips in before moving on to something else. The smoke flavor was so strong that it overpowered anything else. The similarity to Liquid Smoke didn't help at all either. It was much smoother than I thought it would be so if I was really in the mood for a nice cold glass of smoke this would probably be what I would drink. Obviously this isn't a style I have learned to appreciate yet, but I do see how someone might enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 05:44:44 | More by misinformed
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 500ml Wiehenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Cola color with a large, foamy beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind thick lace.

Smell: Woody/smoky aroma (similar to that of smoked gouda cheese) clearly dominates, with some sweet malts underneath.

Taste: As with the aroma, this beer has the same smoky flavor throughout. Sweet caramel malt dominates up-front, with the smoky flavor taking over the finish, alongside mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with balanced carbonation and a bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is my first rauchbier, and I really like the style. I love smoked gouda cheese, and this basically tastes like smoked gouda cheese+beer. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 00:42:57 | More by Mosstrooper
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4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Served at fridge temperature.

A-black walnut body with an off white head.

S-smells like mesquite smoke.

T-smoke front, malt with some nice hop flavor at the end.


D-GREAT beer. This is a classic smoked beer. Not overly smoky at all. I would have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 16:46:58 | More by jneiswender
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a-Dark reddish brown, nice bit of head that sticks around for some time
s-Smoke, I really get smoked cheese. Mouth watering.
t-Smoke, some malt and some hop bitterness on the finish.
m- Medium bodied. I seem to get some oiliness that sticks around after finishing the beer.
d- Quite drinkable, not sure I could drink it everyday but I could certainly try.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 23:18:05 | More by bpfishback
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep ruby/brown with some red highlights; nice off-white head that fades to nothing.

S- Smoked malts dominate the nose (very similar to the smoked quality of a smoked gouda).

T- Smokey malts are definitely the dominant flavor; mainly in the front and towards the finish. In the middle is a really nice malt profile though with some notes of oak, it comes and goes pretty fast but really give the beers some more depth.

M- Medium body with a very light carbonation creating a smooth feel that glides over the tongue.

D- Pretty intense smoke flavor with this one, so it's definitely no session beer but is a nice sipper. Would probably be great with some nice dark bread and an aged swiss style cheese.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 23:39:44 | More by TommyW
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance - poured to a dark brown, almost black appearance. Very clear with an inch of thick tan head and some lacing.

Smell - Smells of smoked and charred oak firewoods, some caramel malt, grain, and maybe some coffee. It smells identically like a cooked over campfire.

Taste - Immediately the smokiness covers your entire mouth. The smokiness resembles oak or hickory barbecue smoke. When the smoke bomb clears, you get a nice light sweetness with some hops, mild bitterness, and definite earthiness. The presence of coffee is extremely mild, but lingers in the back of your mouth with the mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - This is a medium thickness brew with a constant carbonation presence. It is very smooth going down.

Drinkability - This is truly a unique beer, however, this beer has a definitely overpowering smokiness that needs to be paired with a meal to truly enjoy it. Not a daily drinker, but definetly one for special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 22:25:17 | More by bigbodybussey
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of smoke, sweet malt, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Rauchbier. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and clean with an average carbonation. Tastes of strong smoke, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of yeast, and hint of grain. Overall, a very good Rauchbier.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 20:38:07 | More by Tone
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3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: A poured the beer is a clear rich mahogany color with a ½' creamy off-white head that persists fairly well and leaves respectable lacing.

Smell: The aroma is definitely wood smoke (which we know is Beechwood, but I'd not be able to identify it from aroma alone). It is a somewhat unidimensional aroma however in that I don't really get much more than the smoke.

Taste: The flavor is full of rich chocolate and dark caramel from the malt. This provides a nice backbone for the smoky flavor. Although many people describe this as tasting like bacon, for me it just tastes like smoke. There is also some hop bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with moderate and persistent carbonation. The finish is medium in length, quite dry and both bitter and lightly smoky at the same time

Drinkability: This is a fine beer but I've found with this one as I do with most of the smoked beers I've tried, the smoke conceals some of the things I enjoy in a bock. This was worth a try and I did enjoy it, but that said I'll probably not repeat it very often and given a choice I'd go for the Helles lager from the same brewery since in that beer the smoke is more subtle and for me is better integrated with the rest of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 01:01:27 | More by drtth
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New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ. Poured a deep mahogany brown, near-black, with less than one-finger of beige head. Smelled like liquid kielbasa; roast malt, toast, biscuit, smoke, and even some bitter chocolate and coffee came through in the nose. The taste was immensely smokey at first, with a malty dissolve, and a slight coffee finish, with a smoke aftertaste. Thicker yet more carbonated than expected, which eased the intake commensurately. Truly an excellent specimen of the style, if not the bellwether.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 19:36:51 | More by donniecuffs
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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep translucent chestnut-mahogany hue, with about threefingers of khaki head, leaving behind massive lacing.

S - Smoke, similar to mesquite, with an intangible aromatic quality attached that is best described as something close to an ozone smell. Lots of wood. Not as strong aromatics as the Marzen.

T - The smoke is not as dominant in the taste, though it is omnipresent. Underlying malt sweetness is apparent, as is bitter hops on the finish. Smoke lingers beyond all else.

M - Decent feel, the carbonation could've lasted longer.

D - This beer is so potent in flavor, that it becomes taxing rapidly.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 04:15:48 | More by ktrillionaire
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4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another olympic beer to be added - i like all the other schlenkerlas but this is made for the gods or maybe by them.

Urbock is arguably the style that has been devised by the gods - possibly Zeus himself - to be smoked on open fire and served to me.

I have nothing to add chaps other than get some!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 22:55:39 | More by DerBayer
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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally enjoying this brew thanks to TMoney2591.

Poured into a Spaten mug, this Urbock is a very dark, root beer brown with a slowly developing, but large head.

The smell is amazing. Smoked meats, mostly sausage and bacon. Bonfire and grill smoke blowing in my face, but in a pleasant way. I'm very pleased with this aroma.

Taste mimics the nose well, while not quite as intense. However, as the beer warms, the taste intensifies and keeps me wanting more. It becomes quite smoky and meaty. Yum. Some bitterness follows behind the smoke.

This actually drinks pretty smoothly. Medium bodied and carbonated just right.

I will have no problem finishing this bottle, and I will continue to seek out more like this. Being the first Rauchbier I have had, I have a feeling this one sets the bar pretty high.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 02:10:28 | More by jefferz5000
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3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a nice cherry-stained wood appearance, clear, with some tan rocky head that leaves a little lacing. Pretty color, better head than the marzen. Smell is ok, some smokiness and some nuttiness, though it is quite muted. Taste is pretty good, some nice charred smoke flavors with some nuttiness and a bit of maltiness in there. My only complaint is that the smoke flavors aren't quite as rich and flavorful as some other rauchbiers I've had--this one flirts with the ashy side of smoke, which I do not like. It doesn't go quite as far on the ashiness as Weyerbacher's Fireside Ale, but it's not perfect. I'm looking for flavors of roasted pork, BBQ, etc. Medium mouthfeel, clean and light on the palate, without moving too fast to get any flavor. Decent drinkability, though the ashiness came out as the bottle came along, making it a bit tougher toward the end.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 21:17:43 | More by LordAdmNelson
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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