JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
1.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep amber-brown pour. The nose is of pure peat. A smack-down of iodine, bromine and phenolic character. Briney and incredibly smoky. Smokier than Laphroig, smokier than Lagavulin, smokier than smoke. I feel like this might work in a BBQ sauce as a liquid smoke extract. There is a kiss of tartness on the back of the palate, but this is damn near impossible to choke down – even for a self-professed smokehead. I couldn’t deal with this one.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a deep brown body with a thin bubbly head. Rauch smokey bacon notes burnt and malty with some light cherry tones. Brittle roasted malt, with some light ginger roasted tones and a mild warming. Nice.
zdk (1854) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
tap @ Blind Tiger GI event. Very odd mix of sour and smoke. Nice sweet, clear toffee malts and a bit lactic and interesting woody, smokey flavor. Each component is readily apparent, but they aren’t integrating together well. Unique beer. Couldn’t drink a lot of this.