Coldaz (1) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 15, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not since Epic Pale Ale have I discovered such a wonderfully interesting beer. Rex Attitude, impressed, puzzled, amazed and suprised me. As I sat at the House Bar sipping my first RA, I had to decide something, was this the best beer I had ever tasted... or not...? Musky, smokey, freshly sanded ancient oak floor greeted me first, then the colour ! that was the biggest surprise, how could such a pale beer disguise so much flavour and intrigue ? Hops are not forgotten in this beer either and the malt ballance completes this enormously satisfying beer. Its on my list to clone but I suspect, wonít be everyoneís cup ío tea.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazey dark straw colour with thin white head. Peaty aroma. Aged whiskey giving slight tangy flavour which is difficult to describe.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a fantastically interesting beer, i have a problem with smoked beers in that iíve never found one smokey enough, this beer almost gets there. Easily the most interesting beer iíve drunk all year i found this to be ridiculously evocative, it took me on a journey of flash backs to BBQís and campfires of my past and remembrances of great times. I loved the way my senses recalibrated while drinking this beer, they went from shocked smokiness with my first sip to realising the subtle nuances in the underlying beer towards the end of the glass. Oh how i wished this was in a 750ml bottle, oh how i wished i could buy it over here!
Lazlo_Panaflex (6) - - SEP 1, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Every time I try a smoked beer I generally feel like Iíve been assaulted. In a good way. This beer is no different. Having tasted and enjoyed their Pot Kettle Black Dark IPA, I was looking forward to this beer. Yeastie Boys are known for pushing the boundaries of brewing and this beer is no different. The nose is exactly what youíd expect. Smoke and tobacco. Itís almost overpowering. I say almost because thereís still something enjoyable about it. Itís like being forced face first into an ashtray by an angry punter who thinks youíve been eyeing of his missus but when he realises you stare that way because you have a bung eye, he decides to buy you a beer and shakes your hand. Colour wise, it has a brilliant golden hue. This is the main source of confusion. I generally associate the smoky hobo-ashtray like aromas with dark, sullen ales or porters but in this case it comes from a fantastic and bright looking beer. If I was to ever be tongue pashed by a chain smoking super model, this is what it would be like. Itís terribly smoky but the hops comes through and leaves a nice spicy flavour with a lingering finish that reminds me of barbeque lamb chops. This is a manís beer. If you are a man and you donít like this beer then frankly, you are NO man in my books. A truly unique beer.
Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows bandaids, camp smoke, burnt hair, burnt plastic and faint caramel. Imagine a plastics factory caught on fire and someone put it out with beer. Pretty comparable to the aroma of this stuff. Itís amazingly potent too, strong enough to be detected from the other side of the room.
Tastes like charcoal. Seriously. And more burnt plastic. With a little sweet malt underneath.
This was difficult to rate - on the one hand, it was very interesting and unique. On the other hand, it was a serious hassle to drink and I never want to try it again.
Zeke_NZL (32) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like a good Islay whisky. Second time i have had this on tap and I had 2 pints which considering the beer is a good effort i think. Very phenolic but i love peaty whisky so that is a good thing. Took me a few swigs to let my tastebuds adjust to the taste but after that it was awesome. Marked down for poor head retention and having to let tastebuds adjust.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a light golden and smallish white coloured head. Aromas are dominated by smoke but no where near as much as I anticipated. More medicinal than the smoking bacon I usually get with beers of this type. Flavour wise I dont get a lot. A little smoke comes through and there is a little light caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is relatively thin. Other than that not much else. No where near as over the top as I expected.
HopObessaison (21) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Rex is sex. Tap at Beervana, poured by the creator, full on peat, mild citrus notes, very drinkable, one of the best beers in NZ.
allanbowers (93) - melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
really smoky beer. brave step to make something this unique. a bit of an acquired taste for this one. I like it.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2011
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
For the last few months Stu has filled with Twitter feed with tweets about this beer, so itís only fair that I get him back by rating it. :)
Smells like cheap watercolours and gauze - just like primary school. Actually it smells a lot like one of the security guards at work, which is a little unusual. Overwhelmingly paint/hospital. It tastes a lot softer and less egdy, but no less weird. Like spicy French saucisson, with all the big chunks of fat. Doesnít taste like whisky at all to me. Baffling beer, really. One-dimensional in the extreme. Iím not sure I get the point. I mean, I could make a double IPA where all the fermentables come from watermelon juice, but that doesnít mean itís a good idea for a large-scale commercial release.