highlandlad (1416) - 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.)
ALLOVATE (2408) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I hoped they were referring to Frenchcore because this beer is just as extreme. At just on cool and into a snifter it pours with little enthusiasm. Settles a cloudy pastel orange with a wafer of suds atop. Aroma is heavy, heady and a tribute to Islay single malts - if that was their aim! So, so peaty and smoky hinting at smoked salmon and brine, bacon bits (the ones you sprinkle on a caesar salad), cigarette ash, sheep’s wool fresh shawn, overused chicken coops and charred oak. Assertive though by no means aggressive amount of smoked peat in the mouth. Fills every nook and cranny with an ashen burst of peat and heather, smoked pork and bonfire remains. Quite light in body and softly carbonated allowing it to rest upon the tongue well passed its bedtime. A clean crush of citrus cleanses keeping it grounded. I swear I have just smoked a treetrunk and feel light headed from it. This is something different altogether and like most rauchbiers has me hooked and wanting more. For something so pale to have so much fire is amazing. This is a tribute to great modern brewing. Lovely!!! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Rangi (580) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like this. It’s smokey, tasty and full of peat (obviously, useless statement). Not much else going on apart from the peat aroma and flavour. Little thin on the palate. Peat lingers in the mouth slightly but pleasantly. Beer over all is punchy, different, a little bit confronting but really it’s something interesting for a change.
Cory (313) - , California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Super smokey all the way through. There’s some smoked meat in the aroma and sour taste but it’s just dominated by the peat characteristics. Surprisingly short finish too. I didn’t enjoy it but they set out to create a unique beer and succeeded, hence the high score. If smoke is your type, then this is your beer.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beer that certainly isn’t for everyone. Ultra smoked with a thick, oily viscosity and an intense flavor using peat malt (yeah, the kind typically used to make spirits, not beers) Not sure of the color because I drank it from the bottle, and while it was far from delicious, it was certainly one of the most interesting beers I’ve ever tasted. Very smokey, oily, extremely dry finish. Intense.
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Oklar och grumligt gyllene i färgen med stort vitt skum. Doftar rökt malt, bränt gummi, bränt trä, gräs, hö och whisky. Smakar rökt malt, gummi, bränt trä, gräs, syra från malten, jag gillar rökt men denna är lite udda.
pentaz (1239) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours unclear golden with a fully lasting and light lacing big foamy off-white head. Aroma is heavy wooden smoke, hay, peat, a little iodine, grass, candy, leather. Taste is medium+ sweet and light+ bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily/light sticky, carbonation is medium. Finish is sweet and the smoke lingers for quite a while. I expected the flavor to be way more earthy, but the sweetness and smoke took the stage. It’s quite easily drinkable, and I think would be great to put with food. An extra point for being so drinkable.
halfbaked (48) - - FEB 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Don’t know how to rate this. It’s disgusting...but it isn’t badly made. The colour is much lighter than the dark, smokey flavour would suggest. The overpowering flavour of Islay overrides all else. I just don’t want my beer to taste like this.
HenrikSoegaard (10530) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma dominated bu burned plastic notes. Light bitter ugly flavor. Short finish. Oily palate. tastes r´terrible and no way is peated (read islay whisky) present. only the burned plastic dominates. Sad beer.
saxo (14044) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are rich smoky malt, ashtray, peat, notes of caramel and hops.