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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Ratings: 594
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pDev: 13.83%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Facts on Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche:

*brewed with 100% Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Malt
*8% alcohol
*40 bitter units from finest aroma hops
*Bernstein (amber) color
Schlenkerla Oak Smoke will be available during Christmas time 2009 at our historic brewery tavern in Bamberg (first tapping Dec. 18th), and on draft as special import in the USA - please contact our US importer for availability.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-13-2009)
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Caramel syrup with fiery carbonation. Incredible lacing. Really one of the best I have ever seen.

Smell: Salt and pepper covering notes of peat and scotch. I would like a bit more punch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like a cigar...there's that much smoke. Hints of bacon/pork fat...ok...more than hints...more like obvious overtones. The smoke really makes this worth it. Crisp/active feeling, but a tad flat in the finish, most likely due to the overwhelming heavy body.

Overall: I could possibly justify calling this my favorite beer ever.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2013 04:01:24 | More by tjsdomer2
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dar482

New York

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It comes in a copper, clear color.

The aroma is of huge oak smoke.

The flavor has a huge lager maltiness. The mouthfeel is clean with a huge smoke bite. It almost has a bacon mouthfeel with how much smoke there is in there. There's a breadiness to big the beer lots of character, along with the smokiness.

I do somewhat prefer the Rauchbier Marzen because the darker malt flavors make it so drinkable. However, this is quite amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2013 04:16:24 | More by dar482
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prime 16 in New Haven. Never heard of the brewery before. On tap list as "Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Oak Smoke." Review from notes.

The beer was served in a tulip. Crystal clear reddish amber with a big, puffy white head. Not much retention or lacing. The smell is big smoke, with a little bit of sweet malt. Not terribly complicated but good.

The taste isn't what I was expecting. I now see that the style is a Doppelbock but I didn't know that at the time. A scotch-y smokiness is prominent throughout, but there's also a fantastic deep toffee malt sweetness. The combination of smoke and sweetness is fabulous, and a new experience for me. Smoked doppelbocks -- who new? The overall effect is somehow meaty. Ham? Mouthfeel is slick, very low carbonation, and I can't detect any alcohol presence.

This is one of the more interesting beers I've tried in some time. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and the smoked doppelbock is something I'll definitely keep my eyes open for from now on.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 13:25:07 | More by CharlatanSin
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FLima

Brazil

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a brown color with a thin head.
Incredible aroma of bacon (yes bacon!) and toasted malts, even more than the regular Rauchbier version. Medium body which is a surprise.
Taste follows aroma, ham and smoked meats with sweet malts. The 8% alcohol is very well hidden on those strong flavors and scent.
Very interesting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 13:13:27 | More by FLima
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4 oz. poured into a snifter at Churchkey. From notes.

A: Pours a dark tawny color with low clarity. The head is a one finger offwhite color with a thin ring sticking to the sides of the glass.

S: Smoke. And lots of it. Really, you have to expect that coming into something that's from Bamberg. But other than the smoky notes, there's an underlying oak quality to it - and overwhelming plasticky phenols. Quite good, apart from the strong phenolic aroma.

T: I half-expected this to be one massive smoke orgy. I didn't expect it to be so impressively balanced behind a caramel malt backbone, oaky tannins, and the damn phenol notes. The finish is more smoky than the beginning, but never overdone. Each subsequent sip helps to balance the firepit-esque smoke with the maltiness increasingly. Would be great if not for the plasticky flavors.

M: The texture is pseudo-creamy with a dry, tannic finish. Lower carbonation and decent drinkability.

O: Wasn't sure what to think at first, but I started to enjoy this more as I got near the end of my little sample, suggesting this is something that needs to be savored in larger quantities. An acquired taste to be sure.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 05:43:50 | More by ThisWangsChung
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jdense

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey 2.17.12, $8 for 10 oz glass.

Clear light amber body, thin ring of head retained around the edge of glass. Big ass smoke presence in the nose, a bit sweet from the oak smoked malt, hops buried by the smoke, an amazing smelling beer. Yeesh, smoke permeates the taste, smoke in the water, mailt in the sky. Mouthfeel a bit on the light side of medium. Not for the smoke averse. Not as much depth re caramel as the Marzen version but a great smelling and tasting beer nonetheless. Worth seeking out for all the Smoky Joes out there.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 18:12:26 | More by jdense
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bceagles39

Massachusetts

1.78/5  rDev -56%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On draft at Gastropub 775 in Reno, NV on July 26 2011.

This beer was, for me, extreme.

I have had rauchbier on many occasions and have enjoyed beers of the style. I get it. However, I thought this beer was awful and wondered if something had gone wrong.

The beer had an orange brown hue.

It smelled like burning rubber.

The first few sips revealed woodchips soaked in medicine. Later, medicinal flavors of beef jerky and ham developed.

I did not finish the beer. :(

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 00:16:47 | More by bceagles39
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet smokiness, fresh carved woods, and a savory (almost meaty) flavors are all delivered in this savory lager that begs a pairing with barbecue.

The Smoked Dopplebock pours a deep copper color with a cottony off white head that dissipates nearly half way through the session with minimal lace. The phenolic compounds seems to have limited head retention and lace.

Aromas of fresh, smoky oak is met with deeply caramelized malts that are reminescent of molassas or toffee. Added notes of the crust of freshly baked bread, stone fruits of plumbs, dates, and figs all contribute to the varying display of aromas.

The sweet smoky interplay continues in taste. Molasass sweetness with light toast, savory lightly charred meats, and soft note of soy sauce offer a lot of complexity aside from the smoke (which seems to be much more aromatic than flavor). The Dopplebock character really takes hold in a slightly sweeter version that's less toasty. A background of chocolate and a spicy bite of black peppercorns make a wonderful transition back to the phenolic smoke character.

Succulent and medium rich, the textures start and are extended well into finish by a lingering residual malt sweetness, lasting well into the next sip. Only a light transition into a malty-dry finish is allowed by light woody tanins and moderately high alcohol.

A very savory and succulently flavored Smoked Dopplebock that relies on malt sweetness to balance the smoke. Avoiding ashy or roast, the beer carries a more meaty character that's very appealing in a beef jerky kind of way.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 16:42:06 | More by BEERchitect
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SummitVA

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light-ish copper pour with steady carbonation. Frothy head leaves intricate lacing.

S - Strong smoke, naturally, but this is balanced well by sweet malt character.

T - Smoke initially. This is very smooth and pleasant, with none of the stronger band-aid/medicinal flavors that can sometimes result. Maltiness follows in brilliant complexity, but this is not sweet. Bread and toast are warming, along with a bit of warmth from the alcohol, as well. Smoke lingers in the finish.

M - Definitely a chewier beer, but still quite quaffable.

O - Another fantastic Schlenkerla brew. The balance between the stunning malt complexity and smoke-y depth is just wonderful. Wish I had a liter in front of me right now.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 02:54:16 | More by SummitVA
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Prime16

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice creamy off white head.

S: Smokey with the smell of a newly opened band-aid.

T: To me, the smoke flavoring was overpowering. Get yourself ready for a liquid smoke type experience. The band-aid smell also carried over into the taste. This is definitely not my style of beer.

M: This beer does have body to it...

O: This was a tough beer for me to drink. I could not finish a full beer as it was like drinking a burnt piece of oak. If this is your style, then I'd think you'd be happy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 23:00:07 | More by Prime16
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PrinceDarren

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Normally I don't care much for smoked beers, although I have been starting to warm up to them lately. This was, hands down, the best smoked beer I've ever tried.

The nose was very strong, however, the oak-smoke character of this aroma was less like the typical, stale, wet campfire aroma I typically find. Instead, it was cleaner, sharper and perhaps fresher.

On the palate, the smoke flavor was much more subdued, which is good. The smoke flavor, while milder than the aroma, did stick on my tongue and tended to build sip after sip.

I was also impressed with the color and clarity. A bright bronze/brown color, with no cloudiness, I could see all the way through it.

Summary: This is a fantastic smoked dopplebock that is almost sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 15:15:34 | More by PrinceDarren
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A premium example of a smoky, satisfying, malty German doppelbock. Excellent in nearly every respect. Rich strong smoked malts dominated the aroma and were substantially comnplemented on the palate. A must-try for anyone a fan of the style. Highly recommended... Great stuff...

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 21:48:42 | More by dsa7783
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know that I am Biased, I LOVE smoked Beer! Schlenkerla Urbock is one of my favorite all time beers, so i was excited to try this one. Pours a dark but translucent brown with a medium head. Lots of Wood, some meaty goodness and tons of smoke in the nose, I love the way these beers smell and this was no exception. Tasted of wood and smoke as well as bacon but not as intense as the smell. a slight sweetness marries with the smoke perfectly and goes beautifully with food (smoked German Sausage in this lucky mans case!) Smooth and rich on the palate but also light and fluffy as it does not leave any intense flavors in the mouth. Over all a great beer that I will have again but may not love as much as the Urbock.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 04:03:10 | More by thepeter
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GRG1313

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This doppelbock is described on the breweries website simply as "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke." It also indicates that this beer is only made during Christmas and is very rare in the United States, only a very few places getting some.

"Malt is kilned by an oak wood fire, unlike conventional smoke malt which is kilned by a beech wood fire."

However made, this beer is excellent. Pours a dark orange amber with a big bold white head.

Nose is rich but restrained smoke with a big lavendar floral character and which is pleasant and inviting. This is a more complex smoke character than that to which I was previously familiar.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly creamy and very well balanced. It is inviting.

Flavors are complex and unique. There is a smokey, rich but restrained roasted malt undertone and flavor profile but it also has a somewhat unique hop flavor profile. There is a fruity, almost sweet, hop character to balance out the smokey malt. The fruity character (apricot, peaches, pears, smoked figs) is pleasant and well balanced with a "fruity bitter" character.

The finish is likewise a bit unique in that it, too, has a fruity bitter character.

This one is unlike other "Xmas ales" and is very drinkable and worth the experience. Apparently hard to find. Found on tap at the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, California (one of the 42 taps in this unique eclectic and high end BBQ restaurant).

This is a beer to try if you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 18:45:46 | More by GRG1313
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a doppelbock glass at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly PA.

A very good beer. A little lighter in the body and color than I would have guessed (the head also seemed a little airier and fleeting than I anticipated). Light and clean on the palate as well. Requisite familiar perfect smokiness in the nose and taste.

This was done with oak instead of the usual beechwood? I don't know what if any characteristic oak nuances, vanilla for one, carried over into the beer, but I did notice that the smokiness wasn't as burnt or bitter tasting as their other selections. Not to say that the smokiness is light either. It pervades the smell and initial bulk of the taste at first (probably as 3:2 or 4:3 ratio to the malt presence), however, not finishing as smoky, with some of the malt and yeast flavors coming through nicely then.

I don't think the smoke had anything to do with the fact that I found the doppelbock elements of the beer a little on the mild side as compared to other German benchmarks - Optimator, Celebrator, etc. I was a bit surprised to find some of the (estery) fruitiness and bubblegummy tones of the yeast taking precedence over the malt. But a classic doppelbock foundation is in the background there, it just takes your palate a few sips to assimilate the smoke in order to begin picking up these other features, including some faint grain lingering late. I can't say I picked up much alcohol, if any, in any facet of the experience. Oooh, dangerous.

Overall, I was very pleased with this. Drank it fairly quick. One of the tastier more balanced rauchbiers I've had. Hope they put this out for years to come.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 03:50:37 | More by Bouleboubier
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemmed stange...or something like that from Durty Nellies in Palatine.

This beer was served a clear amber color with a decent ecru foam on the surface that was inviting. The nose is almost totally of smoke with bit of caramel in the background. The flavor has a bit of dryer smoke that has a slightly soured finish to it. The flavors are caramel like in nature beyond the smoke, but it's mostly smoke. The mouthfeel is a little on the acidic side, drinkability depended for me, it was hard to drink just by itself, but when paired with grilled foods it was wonderful. So I leave it at that. A nice beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 21:40:47 | More by Vdubb86
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is huge, with an incredible aroma of cinder block, chimney floor, greasy smoked meat and bacon. You be the judge whether or not this is a good thing, but it totally worked for me. In any event, the flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet, incredibly smokey beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light, with a long, fairly smooth, sweet, smokey finish. Drinkability is pretty good. Not sure how much of this I could drink, but this beer is so delicious, and the abv. is manageable... this would be an easy beer to drink a lot of if you can get by all the smokey flavor.

Yumm....

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 00:19:47 | More by johnmichaelsen
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bashiba

Iowa

4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Great find on Draft at the Map Room. Poured a nice clean dark amber color with a thick and creamy white head.

The smell had a nice bacony smoke quality along with a touch of malt and a hint of Oak.

The flavor was a huge blast of great deep doppelbock malts mixing nicely with layers of smoke and wood. Very complex the flavor just keeps coming at you in great ways.

The mouthfeel was fairly thick with a nice body to it.

Very drinkable, a truly great smoked beer, will be looking for more of this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 20:14:34 | More by bashiba
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Cask Republic into a wine glass.

A: Clear copper body under a finger of dense white foam. Solid.

S: Holy smokes! Puns aside, this is an incredible-smelling rauchbier - the rich, authentic, pungent smoke is literally the only thing I can smell, and that's perfect.

T: Smoke, smoke, smoke, wood, smoke, malt, smoke, smoke, bacon, smoke, cake, smoke, spam, eggs, spam, spam and...sorry, got carried away there. Smoke dominates, but is joined by malty sweetness and a boozy finish. Incredible, but a little rough on the end.

M: Medium body with plenty of active, crisp carbonation. Nice.

D: The intensity of the smoke and the harshness of the finish really take a toll here, but it's still complex enough to keep me coming back for more, especially in the aroma.

Notes: Awesome rauchbier, but not quite as awesome in the end as I found their Urbock to be. The added strength really didn't do this beer any favors - it's not like their regular strength version is lacking on flavor!

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 02:45:00 | More by woosterbill
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DerBayer

Germany

4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly outstanding beer. Who could say no to an Eiche smoked Doppelbock.

I certainly could not so I had several pints at the Rake and I bought ALL 12 bottles from the store which are surprisingly good value at 3.50 a go.

The beer is nothing like the standard Schlenkerla rang and is not as punchy in its smokeyness but works on a lot more different levels. FANTASTIC.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 14:01:28 | More by DerBayer
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brendanbeer

New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. rich red orange color. beautifully clear dark beer.

s. it smells exactly like bacon, not like bacon, it is bacon, really really rich sweet and salty bacon.

t. mellow up front with a rich almost sweetness that hops into hoppiness and bitterness. finishes with that bacony aftertaste, a bit dry. bready and malty and delicious.

m. mellow mouthfeel, nothing special. a little above "average"

d. drinkable, because of the sensory playfulness, the smell is incredibly potent and unique.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2010 09:45:40 | More by brendanbeer
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 12/31/2009. On tap at DBGB. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of smoky meats, peat, bacon. Flavor is quite minty on the initial sip followed by berries, smoked wood, smoked meats. Hmm, didn't really enjoy this one -- it was too minty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 16:45:56 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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glid02

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a lighter-than-expected amber-brown color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth and slightly bready caramel malts with solid amounts of smoked malts. Also present are very small amounts of toastiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though note quite as well-defined. Moderately sweet caramel malt flavors with hints of toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of smoked malt flavors - equal parts leather and smoked meat, better balanced than most others produced by this brewery. The smokiness carries through to a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this isn't my favorite smoked beer made by Schlenkerla but you could make the argument that it's the smoothest and best-balanced. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 01:20:42 | More by glid02
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JonB1958

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, poured into a Schenkerla tulip.

A gorgeous clear copper pour with a nice thick head.

Like all the Rauch beers, this one was a smoky, campfire odor to it, yet the oak smoke is different than the typical beechwood smoke; still pronounced and even frightening to some, but more subtle and a little less harsh

The mouthfeel is surprisingly clean and crisp, and the flavor is sublime. It's smokey, of course, but very balanced, and makes the beer quite drinkable. If you've never had Rauch beer before, just make sure you take a second sip!

I've become a big fan of Schlenkerla lately, and this is the best I've had. A real winner.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 15:03:24 | More by JonB1958
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dirtylou

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Malt House - glad i looked this one up prior to heading over there, though its hard to resist a beer with the words "oat" and "smoke" in the name (alias : Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Bock)

appearance: surprisingly bright orange body, full white foam head - was expecting something darker for some reason

smell: holy moses - liquid smoke, char, smoked meat, oak malt, high potency

taste: open to interpretation - some tasted smoked pork, others summer sausage. Every sip is like an exploration through the spectrum of smoked meats. a little pepper, heavy oak, spicy, some fruit sweetness buried underneath. very interesting

mouthfeel: spicy, biting, leaves a lingering aftertaste of smoke

drinkability: seems like it could be tough but i finished this one with ease

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2010 19:31:42 | More by dirtylou
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