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Aroma of smoke, malt, and raw grain. Pours copper with light tan head that dissipates quickly. Palate is thin yet a bit oily, like bacon grease. I was expecting a harsher smoke flavor, but this beer is very well balanced and almost subdued considering other Aecht Smoked beers. Starts sweet and smokey and finishes with a nice bittering but NOT overly so. This is a special beer in the smoked catagory. Very enjoyable, with a little bit of "holiday" coming through. I think this is my favorite from Aecht Schlenkerla! Tasted @ 50F.
Following century old recipes all malts made at the Schlenkerla brewery are dried by wood fire. While for the classic "Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier" traditionally beech has been - and still is - used, the malt for "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke" is kilned with oak wood. The resulting Oak Smoke Malt has a smoother and more multi layered smoky note than the intensely aromatic Beech Smoke Malt. The hence complex smokiness in "Schlenkerla Oak Smoke" is paired with the multifaceted bitterness of finest Hallertau aroma hops. With 8% alcohol and Bernstein color it matures for months in the deep brewery cellars underneath Bamberg into a special treat for smoke beer lovers for Christmas.