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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Truly a ground breaking beer, this Barrel aged Rauchbier was an attempt to replicate the flavors present in Islay Scotch Whiskey. We used Munich malt as a base and added copious amounts of Beechwood and Peat smoked malt, which provides the intense smoky and earthy peat flavors found in Scotch. Then the addition of Alderwood smoked salt lends a crisp brininess that is reminiscent of the sea air in the Islay region of Scotland. Aged in used Angel’s Envy Bourbon Barrels to give an intense caramel, vanilla and whiskey flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3159) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle shared during DC Beer Week, courtesy of Ed. Hazy brown pour with an off white head. Smoky aroma. Flavors of smoke and oak. Would be nice on the veranda with a good cigar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (10342) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Ed, thank you sir! Hazy golden amber color. Aroma of vanilla, very light smoke, whiskey. Taste is an odd combo of meaty smoke and booze. Doesn’t work for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (3854) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Lots of barrel and a little smoke here. Pours cloudy brown with OK head and lacing. A little sourness at the finish here. Churchkey bottle share thanks to ed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2543) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2014
Bottled. Pours amber with aan average beige head. Aroma of caramel. wood, vanilla, whiskey notes and smoke. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and slightly bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice Smoked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6348) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a creamy off white head. The aroma is smoke, fruit, caramel and light wood. The flavor is peated smoke, deep malt, caramel and wood. Smoked finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6114) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Tap @ BierCaB, Barcelona.
Pours hazy orange color with a laywomen head. The barrel aroma is very strongly present here, bourbon, some peat, vanilla and some dark fruits, very faint smoke notes. Very smooth velvety palate, some smoky ham and malts on flavor, vanilla, ripe fruits and caramel. Quite heavy mouth feel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
senegalego (13) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 3, 2014
Aroma is delicious, it smells like bacon, that is why I chose this beer between the 30 other options. This brew is crystal clear and head retention very persitant. The taste did not please me very much in the beginning, it was something leatherish, not a nice lambic/wild leatherish, it was something rougher, as the minutes passes it was getting Warmer and better to drink, not that much better, though. In the end it tasted like a very good whisky, which is not my cup of tea. Also drinkability is low, I don’t think one can have more than half a pint of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Green waxed bottle, served in snifter: Nicely smokey with a touch of peat, not over the top. Hint of salted caramel and charred oak leading towards a shockingly clean finish. The lively carbonation adds to the enjoyment and cleanse the palate. Mikey Likey

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (3716) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle at home. Clear light amber with a beige head. Aroma medium+ malty (caramel, smoke, bourbon, wood). flavor medium+ sweet, light smoky, barrel and bourbon. Medium+ body, light carbonated. Not intense smoked, and not close to Scotch Whisky! But exciting and easily drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (1723) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2014
July 1st Sunday. Nose was campfire, caramel malt, smoked malt. Taste is where the bourbon pokes out with some vanilla, but smoke does dominate back to front.

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