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Tempest Unforgiven Ale

Brewed by Tempest Brew Co
Style: Sahti/Gotlandsdricke/Koduõlu
Galashiels, Roxburghshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Our malt is oak smoked locally by the Teviot River smokehouse, we then infuse the finest noble hops, junipers and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (2492) - Kaarina, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2016
A dark red beer, a head is small and beige. Aroma has tar liquirice and smoke, great. Taste has smoke, some tar liquirice and roastiness, balanced sweetness, some bitterness, hint of juniper. Medium bodied. Tasteful and tar liquirice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (7721) - ITALY - JUN 8, 2016
bottle bb 8/2/17 ramato carico quasi limpida piacevoli note affumicate buona beva piuttosto morbida

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (990) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JUN 6, 2016
Slightly hazy dark red color with tan head. Aroma is really smokey with the rauchbier type of smoked malts, savory, resembling smoked meat. Taste starts somehow astringent, smokey, then you get some spicy rye malt and finishes quite bitter and earthy. Medium body with smooth mouthfeel. A very interesting style of beer. The combination of rauch-malts and spicy rye works quite well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint (2123) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Bottle from Bishop’s Cave as Unforgiven Red Rye. Brownish red with a thin ring of sandalwood head around the glass. The ginny tart sweetness of juniper is overridden by intense maple smoked bacon and forest floor. Sweet-savoury taste from the smokiness with an underlying tenacious hop bitterness. Body’s surprisingly thin considering the complexity of the flavours. If this is what sahti’s all about then I’m booking the first flight to Finland.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (4227) - BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2016 As Unforgiven Red Rye. Irregular, moussy, pale greyish white, lacing head over a near clear beautiful copper red coloured beer with even a ruby hue to it. Aroma of smoked herring, juniper berries and even juniper leaves, cured bacon, toast, caramel, dried shrimp, smoldering peat and even iodine, dried cranberry, red apple peel, even some faint peach, raw beetroot, hazelnut. Crisp, refreshing onset, clean fruitiness, dried red berries, red apple and faint orange, sweetish mixed with sourish, softish carbo, smoked meat flavor immediately lending umami-like flavors and lying on top of caramelly malt sweetishness with a throughly nutty bittering edge to it; finishes in some resinous spiciness (juniper berry?), even a kind of raw vegetable-like quality, retronasal smokiness and lingering caramelly maltiness, with an earthy, gently bittering hop character added. In view of the smoky character and its classification here, I guess this is intended as a ’Gotlandsdricka’, a type of ancient Swedish home brew, often a rye beer, with jupiner added and allegedly having a smoky character. Allegedly, since I have not had one so far, but it would surprise me if this one would be a truly convincing example of this all but forgotten style. Comes across more like a spiced Rauchbier if you ask me, but whatever it is, it is enjoyable enough, perhaps a bit on the thin side, but certainly interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (5096) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2016
Smokey, sweet bread, spiced, juniper berrie, earthy. Nice body, especially given the low carbonation and low abv. Well balanced spice but a good smokey aroma wins me over in the end. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1859) - Lille, FRANCE - MAY 24, 2016
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: clear brown amber beer with small carbonation and small ivory white foam. Smell: superb caramel malt notes. Sweet brown sugar balanced with grassy hops. Taste: medium body with caramel malt presence good balanced with grassy hops. Superb attenuation and really easy drinkable. Aftertaste: grassy and sweet caramel notes. Bread notes. Wet bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesie1857 (1912) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2016
330ml bottle from Saveur Biére - Rating 1857 for Jamesie1857 completes beer styles for me, thought it was apt. Ruby red body, a bit hazy, Nose is heavy smoke, quite addictive, bacon, bbq, heavy. Taste similar, a bit of a smokefest, dry finish. Nice style to finish the styles off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mariuspoenari (1214) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2016 Dark ruby with a very very thin beige head. Smells like wood smoke, bacon, smoked sausages. The taste is dominated by the same notes, made a bit more mild by the rye bread and roasted walnuts notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6295) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 29, 2016
Bottle thanks to Joe! Pours clear reddish hazel, medium tan head, dissipates pretty quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is smoky, grass, caramel. Flavor is light plus sweet, light plus bitter, medium smoked malt, hardwood fires, juniper twigs. Medium body. Pretty tasty beer, actually.

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