Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz counter-pressure filled growler from Bierkraft. Sitting in the fridge unmoved since purchase a couple of months ago; let's see how we've fared. Served at 50 degrees or so and up.
Pour is dark chocolaty brown with a dense, pillowy off-white head and stickage that comes in solid sheets.
Nose is pure smoke - sausagey campfire, that signature Schlenkerla nose.
Taste is superb. Instead of being steamrolled by the smoke like I expected, up front you get (obviously) smoke complemented by some great caramel and even chocolate notes. Oh yeah, more smoke. But more of a peaty, dry smoke rather than the thick sausage of the nose - perfect. Finish is clean-ish, some lingering notes of smoke and even cocoa.
Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, lush, with a crisp but light underlying carbonation. Nice.
Drinkability is phenomenal for what it is. This is one of the first true rauchbiers I've had a whole serving of, and drinking this one is much, much easier than I expected. So much balance for such an intense smokebomb.
Serving type: growler
05-23-2009 00:33:59 | More by JohnQVegas
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Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
94 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.