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Buxton Special Reserve II Smokey and the Band-Aid

Formerly brewed at Buxton
Style: Porter
Buxton, England


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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
An Imperial, Smoked Rye Porter evolved from the recipe book of JK; our Head Brewer. Mashed with malt smoked over a scottish peat burning fire, this beer has a lovely smokey, phenolic and slightly spicy character. Reminiscent of bonfires and Islay whisky.
Almost all gone, get it while you can and drink it whilst the smokey character is still prominent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6607) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle BB 2015. Black with a thin off-white head. Smell lives up to the name - fabric plasters and smoke. Body is medium to light with hardly any carbonation. Taste is toned down smoke. It’s a little insipid to start but the smoke does endure so that it’s not totally watery. No real bitterness, not overly sweet. A little metallic. Decently made and balanced, but just a bit boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34690) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2013
Cask at Borefts BF 2012. A dark amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of caramel and light notes of smoke. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and light notes of smoke, leading to a dry smokey finish. Lacks character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13282) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle. Creamy off-white fair mostly demionishing head. Brown cloudy colour. Moderate malty and hoppy nice smoked aroma. Heavy bitter very smoked flavor. Some bacon and islay notes. Long moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (8436) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2013
Dark brown, almost black. Has an off-white head, medium duration. Aroma of smoked plastic and old transformer-oil. Flavor starts sweet, light acid, more transformer-oil. Finish light bitter. Creamy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (6136) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2013
light smoked aroma,black, light brown foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, bitter, long smoked finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2013
(bottle 17/07-2013) low beige head, clear red dark color, dry smoked bacon aroma, soft co2, dry smoked taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Valgreen (768) - DENMARK - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle @ døe øl smagning, 17 / 7 2013. Dark brown, small white head, some lacing that last. Aroma, smoke, rye, roasted malts, coffee. Taste, roasted malts, smoke, dark chocolate. Bitter dry smoked oaky aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2013
12 ounce bottle
Other Buxton beers I have tried have been solid so this was almost a no brainer. Unfortunately it is not quite as much of a home run. It has smoky aspects but somewhere along the way loses the trail. Even so I will give them the benefit of the doubt.

Aroma / Appearance - Creamy brown liquid builds with a reddish accent. Sandy offwhite head rests like chunks of foam. It feels a little on the thin side. The smell of ash trays outside a busy hospital give this an almost cigarette feel. Day old band aids are not appealing. Salvaging it is the scent of ham curing in an old barn.

Flavor / Palate - Smoky bacon, almonds, and cool tea mix well. it is not super complex but works well. The coffee and rye aspects emerge a bit later. It is fairly well rounded though it does not have that "imperial" feel. Overall though this is worth trying just to get away from the "all English beers are boring milds" routine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber ruby color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty strong smoky caramel aroma. Fruity malty smoky spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy smoky caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2013
33cl, as Smokey and the Band-Aid, new exclusive English brew Anno 2012, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, complex smoked Porter, malty/sweet and slightly smoked/roasted, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, nice brew, yet expensive!

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