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Brewed by Buxton
Style: Smoked
Buxton, England

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (17520) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (2980) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 26, 2013
330ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Pitch black color. Small off-white head. Smoke, leather, peat in aroma. Peat, roast, malty, smoky flavor. So full bodied. Smooth and silky to drink. Fantastic beer!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2013
330ml from Beer Gonzo. Very deep ruby with a loose beige foam receding to a halo. Top smoked sausage, Chorizo, paprika, chipotle, smoked ham, background bramble aroma. Smoked ham, cheese, beechwood taste with soapy hop, blackcurrant and a bitter roasted finish. Pure Bamberg. And then some.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9596) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 21, 2013
330ml bottle (Bacchanalia, Cambridge)
Lovely soft sweet smoky aroma, some smoked sausage in it. Smooth and full in the mouth, pleasant carbonation. Lovely full roasty body. Smokiness very nice, but I do also see the band-haid phenolic aspect too. Really no sign of 7% at all, superbly drinkable. It could easily be 4.5%. Like the tarry finnish, and though it may be slightly acidic, all I want to do is to drink more of this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (6314) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle @ Christers. Pours dark brown with a small light brown head. Aroma roasted malt, caramel, peat, smoke, rubber and medicine. Flavor is malts, caramel, little smoke, peat, medicine notes. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation. 100613

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11373) - DENMARK - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle, 7%. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, smoke, roasted malt and peat. Flavour is malt, roasted malts, ash, peat, chocolate, medium sweet, little medical, coffee and medium bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (11891) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Hazy very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, smoke, peat and yes band-Aid. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish. 100613

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
saxo (14158) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle from Mikkeller & Friends. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are smoke, ashes, little peat, notes of bacon, caramel, medicine, malt and hops. A bit disappointing.


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