rwgould (331) - 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. Didn’t 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 it’s just my imagination. There’s 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 it’s a bit of a pleasant surprise.
G_C_R (2) - New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drinkable in small quantities. Nice for sharing with a friend or spouse. Reminded us a bit of Ireland, where we would often smell peat burning for home heating. Medium sourness, creamy texture.
kbudd19 (645) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Brown black pour, minimal white head. Aroma is smoke, and sweet malt. Taste smoke, light sweetness, fizzy carbonation, malty finish with light grains. Not bad.
a_sully (152) - - SEP 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, minimal tan head. Aroma of peat. Taste of peat, oak, dark fruits, and caramel.
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DuffMan (6866) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, given to me by Robbie, shared with Grippitis. Medium brown, golden highlights. Lots of peaty smoke in the aroma, sweet bready and brown sugar undertones. The palate features moderately heavy peaty smoke, but the caramel malts are quite thin. Not bad, but lacking malt structure.
jmgreenuk (4601) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of sic1314. Poured a clear dark brown with a round white head. The aroma is smoky, roast malt. The flavour is medium is light bitter with a light, watery malt bitter palate. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Lacks body and flavour.
kermis (5413) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared thanks to sic1314. Pours clear dark brown with a ring tan head, aroma of dark fruits, raisins, caramel, light smoke and peat. Flavourismoderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
sic1314 (3464) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured deep dark reddish brown with no head. Aroma of rauched malt, liquorice and treacle. Medium body, flavour of the aroma, lightly smoked, sweet berries.
deanso (5461) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle shared at THT
Thin white head. Clear burgundy pour. Smokey taste. A nice smoked beer
zimbo (577) - SCOTLAND - AUG 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Promising start. Big billowing easy head. Dark brown to black colour. Initial softness on the palate turns out to be fairly hollow with little development or definition apart from some fuzzy furriness. The peat and smoke traces are very slight and very much in the background. Needs much more individuality and content.
Randy4Beer (191) - - JUN 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin head and a Coca Cola look to it. Nose is giving off a bit of smoke and some chocolate, but very subtle. Taste is slightly bitter coffee and more subtle chocolate. Overall I can’t shake the feeling that this is just a very mild version of stronger beers I’ve tasted in the past.