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 isn’t Belgian. A very impressive and innovative beer.
sir__v (1939) - Lille, FRANCE - JUL 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ The Italian Job, London - UK. Color: cloudy blond beer with no carbonation and medium white foam. Smell: peat domination, oak notes balanced with high sourness and saison notes. Very fresh sourness. Taste: medium body with good sourness and fresh grassy and hay notes balanced with peat and oak. Very interesting beer. Superb balance and quiet drinkable. Good astringent. Aftertaste: dry astringent, sourness. Tart. Peat.
daje (3795) - NORWAY - JUL 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cafe Sara, november 13th 2015. Orange body with a tiny white head. Aroma is leathery with peat and sour berries - strange. Taste is fruity, oak, horseblanket, mild smoky with a sour citric edge. Kind of a strange brew, which gives itself given the blend, but it actually works quite well.
teorn88 (6048) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the Three Johns, Angel. It pours a slightly hazed golden color with a small white head. Aroma is tangy smoked with notes of lemon peel and band aid, seaweed and ashes. Taste is also tangy acidic with a dry smoked finish. More notes of lemon peel, band aid and ashes. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, ok
madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2016
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
16th June 2016
Scopey’s grand vertical. Thanks to Dan. Very hazy gold beer, thin pale cream colour head. Palate is light and dry with decent carbonation. Sharp acid start, lemon and vinegar. Some other things going on but who cares. Daydream? More like a burning nightmare! Fuck me this is a stinker. Should keep Paul’s drains clear for a few weeks I suppose.
mR_fr0g (8563) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Scopey place birthday tasting. Big thanks to Daniel for this one. . A clouded. Yellow straw coloured pour with a lasting loose white head. Aroma is huge tangy peat, smoked malts, phenolic medicinal, meaty. Flavour is composed of tangy acidic meaty, phenolic meaty, rubber, lemon. Palate is tangy acidic, highish carbonation. Huge smoked malts. Crazy bustard of a beer.
Leighton (18082) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared in East Croydon - many cheers to Danny Boy. Pours hazy gold with a creamy, white head. Smokey aroma with lemony undertones, with just hints of funk. Quite acidic, fairly dry, lemony, with some dry band-AIDS, hard grassy bitterness. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Finishes with rubbery peat, more harsh grassy bitterness, acidic lemon bite, more band-aid. Novel, but not hugely drinkable.
Scopey (12014) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, big thanks to Dan. It pours cloudy pale golden - orange with a thick white head. The aroma is earthy, funky, musty, dirt, farmyard, manure, peat, medicinal action, whisky, dirt and muck. The taste is crisp, tart, sour lemon sherbet, grapefruit, medicinal, some bright acidity, barnyard, gooseberry, smoked peat and dirt with a sour lemon finish. Medium body and fine, foamy carbonation. Pretty freakin odd, but actually ok.
vtafro (6418) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow pour with white head. Smokey, funky, tart and sour aromas. Smoke, then sour and funk Flavors. Weird.
sjogro (2319) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at the Uiltje Bar. Zuur, zout, enorm peated, kruidige zure zooi. Wel errug heftig van smaak. Japanse horror dit. Backlog from 2015/07/06.
corby112 (2804) - 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 that’s 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 that’s 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 doesn’t really show until the finish with faint lingering hints of charcoal and butane. I’m 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 don’t 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.