Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock
A bottle of Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock from Brauerei Heller in Bamberg, Germany, at Amundsen Bryggeri & Spiseri in Oslo.
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock is an 8% abv dobbelbock made with smoked malts, but not the typical smoked Bamberg malt, which is smoked with beechwood, but malt smoked with wood from oak. It was further hopped with Hallertau and matured for months in the brewery cellar in Stephansberg.
It poured a clear reddish golden color with a beige head. It had a wonderful aroma of caramel and bacon. The mouthfeel was medium heavy with a velvety smooth carbonation. The flavor started out with a good dose of caramel before the smoke took charge, again with a bacon like smokiness. I also noted a light oaky acidity. The smoke lingered in the aftertaste, with notes of caramel and a light bitterness from the hops.
Nice smoky doppelbock, elegant and delicious.