Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Holy cow, I wish somebody had warned me about this one. But everyone made fun of me after I ordered it. Pire peat and smoke, through and through. And the bar I’m at can’t take food orders now because they’re busy and the kitchen is stessed out. So I’m stuck with this one. Oh well.
imaragingbull (558) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy gold yellow with small dense off white head and good lace. Aromas of big peated malt, woodfire ash, bacon over a typical NZ hop berry, grapes fruit salad character. Medium body, medium carbonation, nutty-almond character, caramel-toffee sweetness coming through toward the finish. Big hit of peaty malt up front, lingering to a pleasant ongoing character.
Dorqui (2055) - Brescia, ITALY - JUL 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 0,50L. Hazy and fraught yellow clear color, optimal bubbly presence and great creamy foamy head of lond duration and volume. Unusual smoked nose, little spiced and crisp; notes of smoked cheese, malty, honey. Fresh start in mouth, discreet alcoholic impact and realy prickly and lively taste. Very arid and bitter end with notes of ash and roast wood. Irregular but at the same time palatable.
DylansDad (295) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 29, 2013
1.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Next time I want to taste a mixture of scotch, ash, smoke, black carbonated scrapings from my fish smoker, burnt salmon fat and woodchips, burning plastic, burning eyebrows and medicine, now I know I can get it in one convenient bottle. Happy days!
floydian1 (813) - FNQ, Australia, - MAY 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle from Oak Barrel, Sydney. Pale golden pour with a white head. Prominent smoky nose with peat and medinical notes that fortunately is not reflected too much on the tongue which is surprisingly mild comparatively, although smoky bacon and woody elements are still there to be enjoyed. Finishes dry with a subtle lingering smokiness. This is not a style I naturally warm to but this is one of the better smoked beers I have tasted.
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeastie boys Rex attitude Fall ‘12... Smoky woody aroma, peat mild medicinal. Flavor is more of same, tempered by sweeter biscuit nutty malts. Well crafted, perceived as a smoky blonde marzen. Recalls ddc charbonniere with peat
crossovert (6107) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pricey 12 oz. Pours a hazy light golden, Smell out of the bottle is immediately bacony. It has notes of scotch, peat, bacon, campfire, with an underlying fruitiness that is almost cider-like or tropical. which seems a product of fermenting failure Flavor is campfire, malt sweetness, peat. It is full-on. A bit too carbonated though, the flavor evaporates almost leaving you with a smoky but bitingly sweet finish. The breadiness of the malt isn’t compromised and there is an acute malt sweetness running through it. It just is too much especially with the ridiculous carbonation that pretty much ruins it. Put it this way Schlenkerla totally rapes this, a beer can be produced with 100% peated malt but it takes a specific recipe, this is not it, this is just winging it.
junon (381) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
That’s smokey. Sensory overload really. If you like smoked meat then this beer is for you. I would not suggest eating with this beer.
Ratman197 (8836) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting creamy white head. Aromasof peat smoke, bread and a hint of citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of peat smoke, bread and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering peat smoke finish.
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A ferocious smoked ale made with 100% peated malt. If that doesn’t scare you, either you already love Hebridean whisky or you don’t know what you’re in for. I applaud the experiment but as someone who prefers the mellowness of Highland Park or Glenfarclas to Laphroiag or Lagavulin, this is too much of a good thing. Translucent gold with a thin but enduring head. The fierce, peaty aroma will sort the laddies from the jessies. It’s the kind of distinctive odour that leaves no room for fence-sitting. It’s earth, ash, iodine, bog-water, Islay whisky. Besides the peated malt there are light lemony notes. In the mouth, it’s lightly carbonated with a limber, lager-like body. It’s surprisingly sweet, but I guess something is needed to soften the assault on the senses from the malt, which sets about your tongue with the same vigour it brought to your nostrils. Highly phenolic. Smoke, mutton, ashtrays... Almost acrid in the finish. By the end of the bottle, my throat felt like the last time I smoked a cigarette, some time back in my stupid teens. Brave brewing. (11.2fl oz bottle from Leura Cellars.)