Brewed by Invercargill Brewery
Style: Smoked
Invercargill, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A German style bock beer using our own Manuka smoked malt to give a distinctive smoke character that’s balanced out with the richness of the bock using our own yeast.
2007 - 08 vintage - 6%
2009 - 11 vintage - 7%

TAR's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Rusty chestnut. Everlasting dollop of lathery foam clings to the glass with each sip. Intriguing, brilliantly nuanced nose of treacle, soft peaty smoke, cookie, hazelnut, Band-Aid, Turkish figs, fruitcake, barnyard. Phenolic and lightly medicinal, as well. Snug, pillowy, meringue-like carbonation. Leathery flavors accompany an irony, wild-yeast derived twang amid softening whispers of figs, hazelnut and distinct smoke. Shimmering splash of tropical fruit succulence enlivens the ensuing toasted coconut laced with vanilla bean and fluffy nougat. Dry twinge of cookie malt deftly anchors itself amongst the slippery fruitiness as it provides satiating depth and quaffablity as well as an artfully placed sharpness. Staggeringly deep though equally delicate malt is chock full of mouth-enveloping smoke and dextrins, and captivating textures and flavors akin to almond skin and sugar cookie continue to unravel thanks to the pristine extraction. Late sweep of savory tobacco and spicy cedar adorns the ripe plummy esters and perpetual tropical fruit juiciness. Finishes cleanly attenuated yet throughly satiating with fat, multilayered maltiness and a nonintrusive nip of well-measured sugars. A real oddball this is, and I say that with wholehearted praise. There’s enough rustic allure here for a small bottle to capture your attention for a couple hours. At least it did mine. Fascinating stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of campfire, smoked meat, & some chocolate notes; Flavor of smoky sweet malt, caramel/toffee, some dark fruit, and light spice; Pretty decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5955) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 4, 2015
Draft at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a clear dark amber with a thin white head and a little broken lace. The aroma is sweet sticky treacle toffee malt light yeast. The flavour is moderate sweet with a sweet, light smoky malt, floral alcoholic bitter palate and a lingering bitter sweet finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. More like a barley wine than a smoked ale. The smoke was barely detectable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlassBrass440 (306) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 8, 2015
2014 vintage. Pours a clear, deep amber with a small eggshell head that quickly gives way to the sides of the glass. Aromas are of caramel malts, toast, honey, and smoke. Flavours are somewhat savoury with a smokey phenolic component gently backed by more caramel malt sweetness and some bitterness. The finish is quite short with only a lingering tang and slight caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ab29 (49) - - DEC 2, 2014
Orange/brown appearance, little to no head retention. smokey nose, almost like honey smoked bacon, delicious if you like that sort of thing. taste is sweet, savoury, (almost a umame taste), hints of grass and herbs. Sits well in the mouth and quite a light and thorough mouthfeel. would match perfectly with some Red Leicester cheese. or smoked ementhal. from bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (7442) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"this scores pretty dang good on RB (95) but I didn’t particularly care for it. You know who sets the bar in this style and I didn’t think this beer could hold that beer’s jock. The smoke was nice, especially in the aroma. Pretty aggressive, but the overly sweet and slightly cloying body and flavor made me think this is a one-timer for me."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3913) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2014
(bottle - 330 ml) Orange pour with a thin white head. Huge smokey and meaty aroma. Not much else detectable. Flavor is a ton of the same meaty and smokey at the start with a very subtle sweet malt underneath.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 31, 2014
The head is medium, the body dark brown. It smells smoky, darkmalty, raisin, bit brown sugar-sweet. The taste is brown-sugar-sweet, bit bitter, darkmalty, creamy, bit smoky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3346) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2014
This is a fantastic beer. Pours to a deep rusty colored body with a tall creamy off-white head. The aroma is nicely smoked and definitely pungent. Kind of like it is beechwood smoked, but I see Manuka. The flavor is sweet caramel and definite smoke. But, the smoke is delicious. I really am digging the smoke flavor. Very unique and sweet. Very nice palate that finishes pretty clean.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Viter (34) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 16, 2014
(Bottle, 2009) Good beer. Dark amber colour with thick head. Smoky aroma and smoky taste with warming alcohol finish and smoky sweet aftertaste but well balanced. Medium body with above average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3580) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle. Toasty caramel malt and light smoky aroma. Hazy russet with a small off-white head. Ashy smoke and toasty malt flavor with a roasty bitter finish. Body on the light side of medium, moderate carbonation.

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