sschwab (48) - London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at The Bell, Walthamstow 21.2.14. Juicy dark amber pour with a slight head. Lovely smokey smell which contains an earthy hop. Smoked barley taste that doesn’t linger for too long. A little bit cheesy - think those orange smoked cheese in a sausage shape you got as part of a five cheese pick ’n’ mix. Slightly disappointing palate - a little watery. Apparently deceptively strong - I still don’t actually believe it was 4.7abv. Nice for a pint, and a pleasant tipple, but my suspicion is you’d move on after one - it’s just not moreish enough.
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at home in December 2011 as 1648 Smoked Ale. Dark brown with a reddish tinge. Chewy malts in the background. Prominent smoke upfront in aroma and flavour. Fairly subtle which, in this case, means well balanced. Smoke is more charcoal and campfire than bacon but it’s all good. Quite liked this and would happily go back for more. A bit more body in the mouthfeel wouldn’t have gone amiss though.
Erzengel (3554) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 500ml as 1648 Smoked Ale. Rating from 2012.
Bernsteinfarben im Glas, leicht rauchiger Geruch, der zur typischen Ale-Note hinzu kommt. Das Bier selber ist malzig Ale-typisch, ganz leicht rauchig. Sehr süffig, da recht wenig Kohlensäure. Nachgeschmack ist leicht rauchig, süßlich und malzig mit leichter Bitternote. --> 10/12/9/10
Scopey (7444) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at The Hope, Carshalton. It pours deep brown, with a thin off-white head. The nose is smoke, smoked ham, Bisto gravy, and starch. The taste is roasted malt, touch of smoke, charcoal and caramel, with a very dry finish. Thin body and soft carbonation. Too thin and dry, tough to drink much of.
dogbomb (968) - ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask. Deep rust brown with red hints. Slight off white head. Smoky nose. Tastes of charcoal, sweet raisins, bready. Full finish, but without much bitterness. Not bad.
Fin (7698) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, gravity at Merton Winter Beer Festival, 17th & 18th February 2012 Dark brown with a touch of reddy glint and a small white head of dancing bubbles atop. Smokier than I was expecting with the smokiness in both mouth and on the nose. Dry, malty and the hops also showing, enjoyable stuff. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6
bobinlondon (1257) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity cask at the Merton BF 2012. Dark red/ brown with an off white head. Smoke is very evident in the aroma and flavour. A little caramel and dry fresh UK hops in the finish. Better than some rauchbiers I’ve tried in Franconia. Surprisingly good.
imdownthepub (10654) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at Merton Beer Fest ’12. Dark brown with white head. There is certainly a smoky, bonfire note to the aroma, this follows into the beer, dryish, some caramel and fruit. Pretty reasonable.
FatPhil (9628) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (CWAF2012, Friday)
Dark brown, loose head. Very gentle smoke aroma, mellow. Smokiness also in the taste, and with a loverly full bready roast backing it up. Anna and I agree, the smoke is this is basically perfect. There are bigger ones, but they enter the realm of being big smokey beers, this remains wonderfully in the realm of mellow.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at The Bow Bar. Pours a very dark brown colour with a ruby glow. A fair light tan head and smoky aroma with caramel and chocolate notes. Similar smoky flavour with roasty malt, a dry finish and lingering smoke. Mildly bitter. Very nicely done.