Wombata (350) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Smoky peat, whiskey-like but without the alcohol burn, bandaids, woody earth.
Palate: Smooth, almost weightless mouth feel that is almost ethereal.
Flavor: Brief note of honey quickly swamped by a tsunami of smoky peat. Finishes with grilled flavors and notes of barbeque.
Comments: As if the Red Rackham, which I loved, wasnít wacky enough, this one takes the cake. But, donít be afraid; just approach with care. Though just about everyone says itís too over-the-top, I like that it has the character of whiskey without the weight or alcohol burn. Also, the palate is brilliant. This could blend very nicely with a stout; or, after an evening of tasting a lot of imperial stouts, this would make a good night cap. As is, itís an acquired taste. I would try it again though.
omega (582) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think this beer has calmed down a little since my last taste. For Islay drinkers only this beer is a love hate which is why I think this beer scores so poorly. Last time I had this beer I fished the empty bottle out of the bin so I could sniff the malty goodness. I probably have scored this beer higher overall because I like that I like it when so many people hate it.
walkingstd (20) - - MAR 13, 2012
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Amazing aroma. Smoked peat, charcoal nose. Ruined the taste buds on my tongue. I couldn't drink more than half a bottle. Unpleasant taste left in mouth and stings the nose! Interesting concept, but what's the point if you can't enjoy your drink?
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sunevdj (2914) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Te Anau. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Smells of peated whisky. Mellow sweet- and dryness. Aromas of peated malts and some leather. Medium bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Dry leathery finish.
Grant1 (2) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 5, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unique, exactly has everyone has said - the smoke and iodine of a fabulous single malt from Islay.
A real pleasure to find something different.
OJB (39) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The colour was medium amber gold, and there was medium carbonation and a light creamy head. The aroma had very strong peaty smoky wood, and light malt crispness. The flavour had light citrus and hop flavours and a very intense smoky charcoal woody finish. This was a very unusual style totally dominated by smoky wood like some styles of malt whisky I have tried (Laphroaig), not sure if I totally like it but unusual and interesting.
inceptioj (30) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unlike any other beer Iíve tried and not at all what I expected. The nose is quite awful really but I donít think itís meant to be sniffed. Upon drinking I was greeted with a mouthful of smokey dirt. It reminded me of the burnt bits left in the pan after roasting a chicken. If you havenít experienced peat before this probably isnít a good start as itís quite unforgiving. If youíre a fan of peat then youíll love this beer. Itís ironically quite light in colour.
NEG (1) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 15, 2011 does not count
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer smells like a dirty soi in Bangkok, with a hint of Laphroaig. Although past smell, it is pure SUCCESS.
kiwi_daz (27) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
i was really blown away with this beer, I am a lover of Laphroaig and this was like having a fizzy version. It went down really well with the vegetable curry I had.
Good to see brewers taking risks.
andyp547 (1) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2011 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is my new favourite. If you love Islay malt whiskies (as I do like Laphroiag and Lagavulin) then this beer is for you.