pilgrimoutlaw (795) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours dark reddish brown with thin oily brown head. Manure, leather, smoke, prunes, caramel. Highly sweet, moderately bitter. Full bodied, sticky, creamy. Almost Schnapps-like. I could dig this if I were outdoors in the frigid cold on the verge of hypothermia, but a little too much for normal consumption.
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
"This delicate little beer is delightfully well named. Imagine a word in which the sun has turn to blackness, joy has turned to despair, and all that was good and pure in this world has turned to ash. That is what this beer tastes like. This beer is an ode to odorousness, a sonnet to the subpar, and a ballad to a billion bastard babies braying, bleating and bawling. If you were to set fire to a tire, and then throw it’s smouldering remains into a porta-john, and distill the fetid, smoking ruin into bottles, you would still have a better drinking experience. If there is one redeeming quality to drinking this beer, it is that it can turn a murder/suicide into a one man show" - JVR
Frothmeister (585) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle, in the cellar for a year. First, I don’t like Islay style scotches. I don’t mind a little smoke and peat, but to me, there is very much such a thing as TOO MUCH of a thing, and that’s what Islay’s represent. This beer is conflicting. Is it well made? Yes. Are there parts of it I like? Yes. And that, is the preface to my review. I bought this blinded by brewery fandom, because I’ve enjoyed everything I have tried from them. And so, intrigue won out over common sense. Pours a dark, dark red with a small amount of sediment floaters with a tan head that looks a little like pancake batter. On the nose, Lagavulin like smoke notes, with some very faint dark fruit, and vanilla below. Full bodied, and sweet brown sugar notes, some boozy burn, and prominent Islay scotch notes up front followed by some dried dark fruits, and then well, more smokey peat notes that lead to the finish. I’ve yet to try a smoked beer I enjoy, and this is no different. It’s not you, it’s me.
eluosiren (95) - Moscow, RUSSIA - NOV 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I do love smoked beers!
This one looks like oil, pure oil, smells like bacon and tastes perfectly!
radiomgb (2363) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Mahogany, thin tan head, light lace. Aroma of alcohol, sweet, caramel, malty.
Flavour is quite sweet, malty, caramel, some smoke, alcohol. Warming mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes quite warm, long, malty.
A little unbalanced, quite hot. Good but not great.
rondphoto (2269) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle A Party Town / Florence KY --- Cloudy dark brown, beige rim head, streaks of lace. Aroma of smoky malt. Taste is malt that has a burst of sweet early on, but reveals smoke on the swallow. The sweet malt returns for a curtain call in the finish. Solid brew, solid smoke (but never overpowering). Recommended.
pkomar (150) - Poznan, POLAND - NOV 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank it a couple of times, review combined (current+from notes). Aroma of pumpernickel bread, smoked ham, dried fruits with a note of honey. A bit of regional polish smoked cheese - oscypek in the background as well. Very strong and complex. Taste is definitely sweet, but it has a bit of bitterness as a counter. Maybe a tad too sweet, but the complexity of this beer is very good.
Low carbonation, alcohol hidden perfectly - hard to believe it has 11%. Overall it’s a great beer, but it could use a year or 2 of refermentation to convert this sweetness.
Hammy78 (769) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle given to me by my wife for Father’s Day. Pours a light cola colour, super fluffy off white head, tons of lace. Nose is smokey, but not overpowering. Sweet malts. Tastes really sweet, a little spicy, the smokiness is strong at first then fades and becomes quite enjoyable. This is not my favourite style, but they did a great job.
Westchesterco (1092) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle it is a clear amber color with a slight head. The aroma is shoe polish the taste is a smokey Gouda with a residual flavor of shoe polish. Hmmmm
Iphonephan (3624) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 50 cl bottle. Pours a clear cola brown with an ecru head. Smoky aroma. Flavors of caramel and peat. Pretty well disguised boozy finish.
radagast83 (5038) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark brown color with an average, off-white head. Aroma was astringent alcohol, some fruity notes, light herbal notes. Too much smoke, meaty notes. Okay.