oh6gdx (19652) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Aroma is fruity and floral hops along with some wood and mild caramelly notes. Flavour is fruity and floral hops along with some mild maltyness as well as some mild leathery notes.
planky84 (1786) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Smoke, raisin, vanilla and some coffee aroma. Light smoke flavour with a hint of vanilla and raisins. Dry, malty finish.
Gary (1207) - Rochester, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottled) Props out to an obscure UK brewery making a smoked beer , inivitive stuff : I like smoked beers to be aggresive in smokeiness or in my mind why drink them ? a palate expereince that’s ’unique’ and bombastic . This example has an acidity ,with sour fruit notes but the smoked character is like a burning campfire after its rained for hours. SUBTLE . Smoke is subdued here.
leaparsons (7495) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned. Labelled as Smoked Ale but I assume it’s the same brew. Very dark ruby brown with a beige foam. Aromas are molasses and liquorice with coffee and weetabix. A decent amount of smokiness for a UK brew with blackberries. Flavours are sweet rye bread with dark chocolate bitterness and gritty cocoa. Roast malts with pepper and winter fruit. Quite dry on the finish with more chocolate and smoky aspects on the finish. Good.
harrisoni (12070) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask handpull at The Grove Tavern, Tunbridge Wells. Very deep ruby almost black with a disappearing beige head. Smoke and dark fruit aroma, some sour dark cherry/blackberry type fruit. Unfortunately a woman with unbelievably strong perfume has decided to stand in front of me so I can’t smell anything apart from her. Hoping she will move. Blackberry and damson aroma is excellent. Perfect condition in mouth and served perfectly. This is one of the best British smoked beers I’ve had. Stunning. Smoke and juicy dark fruits with a bit of a hop sting on finish. Stunning beer. I had just had an Orval and for something to make me feel this good, has got to be good. Maybe just a bit too juicy/watery on the malts. But still a hell of a beer.