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

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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skippy007 (26) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
650ml bottle. Pours dark brown. Aroma has light peaty smell. Biscuity, malty taste with a bit of peat and hops coming through but not strongly. Could do with a bit more body for a strong dark beer like this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
buckwheat13 (10) - Moncton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
For some reason, it reminds me of a watered down version of Iceland’s Lava stout. Peaty, smoky, body is lacking somewhat, but then again, I shouldn’t compare apples and oranges, this is not a smoked imperial stout, it’s a smoked Scotch ale. Not quite veering towards rauchbier, but kind of in between.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JUL 19, 2013
Pours motor oil black with a thin lightly off white cap. The aroma is smoke, bit of old desk drawer, leather, very smokey though. The flavour is sweet malty, bit of chocolate, touch of caramel, smokiness is prevalent throughout. It’s not super complex, but It is what it is, and I enjoy it.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
Sample at Picaroon's Brewer's Bash. Dark brown colour. Aroma is liquid hickory smoke. Taste is more liquid smoke, plus some kind of peaty, mulchy, almost off meat kind of thing. Thick body. Not a beer for me to drink, but it might make a good addition to a BBQ marinade or some other culinary use. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Niall73 (2245) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle. Deep brown colour. Malty, treacly, smoky, boozy aroma. It's not for me, it's got the smoke the whisky, dark fruits, treacle and malt but it has an odd old fusty aftertaste which isn't pleasant. Nah. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2013
Pours a reddish brown from bottle with a thick cafe au lait coloured head that diminishes to a thin surface film rather quickly, leaving heavy lacing on the glass. Aroma is smokey, like a chipotle pepper leather, wood and cocoa with a bit of underlying treacle. Mouth feel is medium bodied with little carbonation. Taste is sweet toasty malts up front with a long smoky and cocoa finish. This is not something I would want to drink every day, but it is an interesting and tasty change from the ordinary.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Strangebrewer (981) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle. Poured opaque very dark brown with a thin off-white head. All I can smell in the aroma is smoke. Medium crisp mouthfeel with a tart finish. Flavour of hickory liquid smoke. I Couldn’t finish the whole bomber.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1235) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2014 Bottle to flute Roasted malts, chocolate, and chipotle. Dark chocolate brown with a thin creamy tan head. Taste is malty and smoky.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (7659) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle - Roasted malts, peat and some chocolate. Jet black with a thin white head. Wow, all sweet peat, some smoke and some nice chocolaty malts. Although this is a peat BOMB, it is nicely balanced and doesn’t taste like I am sucking a barrel. I am a fan.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (1808) - Nunavut, CANADA - MAY 25, 2013
NIce pitch black body with modest beige head on top. Aroma is all heated shoe leather and peat, lots of peat like a scotch. Flavour is animal hair with all that peat coming through with a peaty finish. Did I mention the peat yet? This is a common problem I find with the "smoked" style, way too much smoked without enough other nuances showing through. That said, it’s still a decent beer and highly drinkable.


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