fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bizarre concept for a beer. I was skeptical... it could have easily been a trainwreck, but it was actually great. There is a fairly subtle smoke flavor and aroma from the peated malt and the scotch barrels. In the forefront is there is mainly sour and funk flavors. All 3 beers have strong flavors, and they combine very well without drowning each other out. Hard to believe this isnít Belgian. A very impressive and innovative beer.
corby112 (2736) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a very cloudy, deep ruby red color thatís completely opaque with dark mahogany edges and a two finger off-white head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Possibly over carbonated but otherwise looks pretty good.
Funky, smokey aroma with a subtle barrel presence thatís delicately integrated into hints of leathery malt, musty bugs, vinous fruit and acetic acid. Very unique with some liquid smoked, charcoal, campfire and bacon followed by damp oak, wild yeast, sourdough bread and sweet fruit. Not the most inviting aroma but you can smell mostly everything that went into the blend. Smoke, peated whiskey, brett, leathery malt, oak, grape, raisin and dark berry. The smoke, acetone and funk are most prominent but the nose is really complex.
Medium body with tight carbonation and a very strong acetic quality that initially overpowers the other flavors. Harsh and solvent like with strong acidity, solvency and vinegar. After the palate adjusts, the smoke, leathery malt, wild yeast and dark fruit notes start to stand out. Only 16.5% of the blend is barrel aged yet there is a strong dry oak/toothpick presence along with funky brett/wild yeast flavor. The smoke doesnít really show until the finish with faint lingering hints of charcoal and butane. Iím not really picking up anything that reminds me of a Marzen and all of the malt character is dry and leathery. Desperately in need of some sweetness. The dark fruit notes from the nose are evident but only slightly.
Overall, this beer is kind of a mess. Harsh, overly acetic and tough to drink with a one dimensional flavor profile. The peat/smoke and barleywine character is completely overpowered and I donít think anyone could guess Marzen was in the blend. The brett character is okay with decent funk but this beer is too dry and acetic for my preference. Disappointing offering from an otherwise solid brewery.
tmrmwel (1432) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Whatís Brewing 15. Pours hazy golden, with a small creamy head. Aroma is smoke and bonfire, as well as sweet stone fruits. Medium body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is sour, with lactic acid, oranges and lemon, as well as peaches and notes of brett and barbecued sausages.
drpimento (2643) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good beer; although, it smells much better than it tastes. Aroma is smoke, vinegar, fruit, malt. Appearance is a hazy amber with some head. Flavorís like nose, but smoke is much stronger and clashes a bit with the tart. Decent body and finish.
esp0r (2459) - NORWAY - NOV 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Whatís Brewing 2015
Pale, white head. Smell of yoghurt, smoke, funk, berries, complex and interesting. Moderate sweet, more smoke, peat and whisky, acids take over, tart stuff, quite crazy and different from the rest. One of the last beers of the day, so the notes are not too detailed
Beerman6686 (5622) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured an orange color with a white head. Aroma was of smoke, funk, and lemon juice. Flavor very tart, in the back a bit too, smokey rubber and funk, weird, uniqie, tasty.
artiredbirds (258) - St.Petersburg, RUSSIA - AUG 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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MarcoDL (3219) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Uiltje. Golden copper pour. Strong aroma of peat, bandaid and bretty funk. Taste has lots of sour horseblanket, mild peat and some grain. Like peated orval, cool beer.
ads135 (3702) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 8, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Points for creativity, but this was nearly unpalatable to me. I love peated beers/whiskeys and I love sour ales. Who wouldíve thought a blending of the two wouldnít be my thing... Tried at het Uiltje with Rene in 2015.
mtnw (58) - POLAND - AUG 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2015 Tap at Chmielarnia Marszałkowska. Stinky, cheesy brett, something like rind of Gorgonzola, fruity, funky, bretty, little bit of peat. Very rich taste, serious sourness. Perfect! *edit: spelling.
KyotoLefty (8142) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Craft & draft. Stink, crazy nose, brett, grapefruit, pet, band aid, horse blanket. Funky and interesting. Deep funky gold with lace. Quite sour, tart, pgrapefruit and barnyard, with a undertone of peat. Actuqlly doesnít even clash! Crisp. Tart, light. Good, original and whacky.