wedgie9 (1661) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 096 Best Before 19/03/16
Tasted on 5/30/13 from a capped 330mL bottle purchased at Binny’s quite a long time ago. Pours hazy dark auburn with an average off-white head that slowly recedes to an average layer of uneven lace. The nose is sweet caramel malt with with some toffee, vanilla, and a smoked peaty aroma just underlying. The flavor is the same caramel malt and toffee, with the peat, smoke, and a charred, roasty flavor. The body is full with just below average carbonation and a long super roasted and smokey, peated finish.
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 096 11.2 oz bottle poured into snifter glass.
A - Ruby brown body with a thick collared cream colored head. Spotted lacing.
S - Smoked peat fills the glass. Notes of treated oak wood, beef jerky cure, sweet bread, caramel, alcohol, and herbal hops.
T - Smoked peat just dominates everything. Dry oak wood in the background. Caramel malt, vanilla, and hints of fruit are presents. The finish is smoked peat and wood with an herbal hop oil and scotch left for the aftertaste.
M - Medium body with low carbonation.
This is an odd beer for sure. The oak barrels and heavy peat kinda clash and create an almost artificial "ash tray" flavor. It’s more interesting than off-putting. The base barleywine isn’t enough to compete with the wood and peat and seems to get lost.
I appreciate the creativity of the brewers but the combined ingredients produce an unusual flavor that probably won’t catch on. I’m glad I tried it.
Serving type: bottle
markas101 (1743) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via Beer Ritz Leeds. Amber-ruby colour. Sweet malt aroma, then gives way to a mellow smokiness of peat and oak finishing with brown sugar sweetness. Mild flavour initially, resinous hops, then the peat and smoke take over with a long whiskey infused finish. Best whiskey-beer I’ve had by far.
johndoughty (3519) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown with a small head and medium body.Smokey malty flavour with a powerful impact. Very pleasant-dont understand the name though.
HopRedHead (291) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. My best advice for someone about to try this is don’t approach it as a beer. Pours a dark murky brown with creamy 3cm of head and solid lacing. Nose is oaky vanilla, smoked peat and caramel. Flavour is immediate smoky peat from the barrels, followed by a barley wine caramel and brown sugar maltiness. The after taste is where it gets interesting - it has the boozy Jura flavour and smokiness mixed with the barley wine apricot and caramel sweetness, making for a pretty complex smoked beer flavour. As my glass gets warmer it starts tasting more and more like a glass of scotch, a tobacco and dark smoked malt flavours coming out while presenting a diverse smoke complexity. I was excited to try this drop and it didn’t let me down, however it was different to what I had imagined.
VastActiv (1535) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.33l at Angleterre, Helsinki. Originally rated 24032012. Colour is reddish brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Alcohol, smoke and malts.
JohnnyJ (3886) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber pour, with an off white head. Moderately peaty, iodine, caramel, a bit of dark fruit, and boozy whisky. I like islay malt, but this isn’t working very well.
Lilja (1204) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Doftar nedmonterad radioapparat. Smaker av rökighet, whiskey, malt men alkoholen slår igenom alldeles för mycket. Tydlig beska. Inte Brewdogs bästa försök.
shoutman (2) - Livingston, Montana, USA - APR 9, 2013 does not count
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
This beer smells bad and drinks worse. It is very harsh alcohol in the mouth, and the malts don’t have a chance. The barrel aging only comes through in acrid, unpleasant waves that remind one of green wood, not cured wood. It resembles a barleywine in color only.
Ratman197 (8463) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle poured a hazy reddish amber with a lingering ring of ivory foam. Aromas of dirty ashtray, iodine, peat smoke and a hint of carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of peat smoke, iodine and light carmel with a smooth lingering peat smoke finish. Tastes a bit better than it smells but I would never buy this beer again!