rwgould (328) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
First had this on tap at WVRST when someone said it was a scotch ale. Turns out its much more of a rauchbier. Didnít enjoy it much then, but now that my expectations are different, here we go: 650ml bottle from the LCBO, served in a pint glass. Appearance: Dark black liquid, really fine, beige head. Lots of visible carbonation. Aroma: Smoke, pepperoni, malt, tobacco, maybe a faint hint of scotch or maybe itís just my imagination. Thereís some sweetness in the aroma, for sure. Palate: Medium bodied, fairly fizzy and smooth, slightly dryer finish, lingering aftertaste. Taste: Very sweet, nice long finish. Very smokey, but not overwhelmingly so (like most rauchbiers). The scotch flavour is really weak and mostly only comes out in the aftertaste, where itís a bit of a pleasant surprise.
mnurda (1085) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled sample at ribeye jacks. Dark brown. Minimal head. Little lacing smoky. Hoppy. Lovely
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DarkElf (3025) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 10, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
10-Apr-14 (341-ml bottle: Obtained in trade with blankboy, thanks Paul!)
This beer is medium-dark brown with ruddy highlights and is capped by half an inch of tan head that settles to a creamy sheet. The nose is meaty, lightly smoky with cacao, molasses, and dark earth. On the palate, itís much less smoky or sweet than I expected for a Scotch Ale, though still very malty. The flavor is dominated by dark, lightly sweet chocolate and grilled meat, plus cola, molasses, and dirt. The smoke is light but clearly present, but not in a campfire way. The beer is full bodied but not heavy, carbonation is medium, and for a Scotch Ale, this is about as dry a one as Iíve run across. Overall, I was expected more smoky character and am a bit disappointed that itís pretty light. Other than that, itís pleasant enough, but not much wow! factor here.
4theluvofbeer (49) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour with a beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is faint ...a little peat and smoke but almost non-existent. Flavour is also light considering its a smoked scotch ale.
HipHopOpotamus (210) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2014 I purchased this beer from LCBO, tastes meaty, which is what I look for in a smoked beer. I really enjoyed it, well done Church-key Brewing, you guys surprised me on this one.
Atheist_Peace (884) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark mahogany pour with two fingers of head that slip away fairly quickly, leaving a little ring of lace.
What a strange nose this has. Thereís this really mossy, peaty thing going on with a hint of smoke and some molasses. I get this really weird gasoline/kerosene note as well. Iím getting this weird impression of red wine too for some reason but I canít put a finger on it. Interesting, but not exactly pleasant.
A lot more reasonable on the palate although the flavours are a little muted. Lots of toffee and peat smoke flavours but really not much else.
Ultimately, this stuff is fairly boring.
jdobbs (286) - New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
guil0000 (227) - New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark tar black color with a small white head. Aroma of mocha coffee, whiskey malt and a bit of smokyness. Taste is sweet with medium bitterness. Medium body with average to light carbonaton. Overall very good
OntBeerDrinker (387) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
noise bubbly head that disapers. Smoked smell and spice from bottle. Kinda cola like smell and smoke smoked smell in glass. Black wth some brown kinda looks like cola. Taste watery, sourish, some peat smoked taste and it kinda drys out and leaves a little burn in belly. Heavie bodied. Some sips r like a watery ale with a little peat smoke. Some sips r like a watery stout w/ a little chocolate and some peat smoke. Nothing bad, but has some flawís. Could use some changes to it. Cheerís.
Canmoore (203) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nearly opaque dark amber, with a medium white head. Aroma is quite muted, with some notes of chocolate and liquorice. Tasting notes include lots of chocolate, some peat, and liquorice. The palate is a little thin, and very little smokey character. This beer bills itself as a Scottish smoked peat ale, but it tastes more like a watery imperial stout.
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Only Cafe during the FM tap take over. Medium brown with tan head. More smoke on the palate then the nose moderate body and carbonation, meaty, fresh, and an acquired taste but I quite enjoyed this one.