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Brewed by Church-Key Brewing
Style: Smoked
Campbellford, Canada

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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Our Holy Smoke is a peat-smoked scotch ale. This 6.25% abv ale is dark and malty, and is enhanced with smoked whisky malt straight from Scotland.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2448) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2006
But au Black Tomato (Ottawa), 20 oz. Brun super focé, mini collet. Arome un peu agrume, malte fleurie et un peu fumée. Goùt de malte fumé au contact, mais sucré après.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
catsgame (5) - toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2006 does not count
on tap at the tranzac, toronto. beautiful dark brown, chocolatey colour. clear smoke aroma w/ coffee and dark chocolate. but at first taste, it’s all smoke and no body! insipid, weak, ’diet soda’ middle. too much carbonation, too much water, not nearly enough depth or richness to balance the smoke. a disappointment that can surely be improved.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle 341ml. Appearance: Dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma: smoke, toasty, yeasty. Flavor: smoky malt, caramel, fruity. Thank Harry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
Dark brown. Minimal but lasting head. Smoke and sharp peat aroma. Burnt sugar and, what I would have to guess as, peat flavour. A nice beer with a bit of spice at the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Deep cranberry juice-red body, thin buff head. Toasty aroma, earthy peat, and smoke, but the latter is not overpowering. The body, though, is replete with smokehouse flavors, blending with caramels, toast, and dark fruits with a tart kick and finish. Reasonably tasty, but I get the feeling that behind the smoke lurks a rather thin, ordinary beer. Thanks Paul (blankboy) for the bottle!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2006
This arrived as a bonus for CaptainCougar but half the bottle had leaked out and the cap came off with little effort. Poured a very dark brown with a ruby hue. Aroma of smoke, sweat malt, peaty, grapes. Malty but dry along from front to back. Light smoke in the flavor. Pretty flat but expected since half leaked out (no point deduction for that). Thin body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2005
On Tap At Bow and Arrow. A real one beer at a time drink. Smoky aroma and beautiful blackness. Nice smoky malt flavour that sits on the tongue. A good ale when you’re having just one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Deep brown body with a fading, minimal tan head. Aroma has the smoke up front but some nice, sweet dark caramel maltiness underneath. Sweet, malty scotch flavor with nicely integrated smokiness and notes of chocolate and butterscotch. Good, smoked mild scotch ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 On tap at Bar Volo. Appearance is a very dark brown with an average frothy off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma is pleasantly smoky with caramel malt and hops. Flavour is a lightly acidic combination of smoke, caramel malt, light hops and a touch of scotch that really works. This beer is even better on tap than in the bottle in my opinion as the smoke flavour comes through much more. This is very good and my favourite Smoked beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Draught At Smokeless Joe (previously at C’Est What, BeerBistro, and Volo). Dark - but not dark enough. Nice smoke aroma and flavour - but not enough. First time I had it was shortly after it came out and it was more potent, thicker, smokier. The current incarnation (I’ve had it in the bottle, it’s even weaker) needs more body. This is the sort of beer that should pour in clumps! Still very drinkable, though, like every Church Key beer I’ve ever tried.


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