buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2011 My third rating... this ale has become my favourite way to end a rough day or to start a good weekend. Rich, full, golden, smooth on the tounge, rich on the nose, full in the mouth. Yes, you open the bottle and you smell burnt rubber and diesel, but, in the mouth, wow. My hint for first time drinkers of this amazing ale is ’don’t overtaste.’ Put it in a glass, cold and fresh, raise the glass to your nose. Smell the burnt peat, but feel the sweet sugary malt of the golden ale sweep through. Then drink, drink deep and swallow. You’ll love it.
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 10, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On the Yeastie Boys tap at Galbraith’s. Rex pours a smoky gold with a small but perfect formed fluffy white head. The aroma is incredible. Earthy mineral aromas. I get is a mixture of soot and metal. A second wave is far cleaner, a medicinal scent like iodine or TCP. The taste crisp and sweet with toffee and floral notes. The mouth feel is full and fluffy with a dry smoky finish that continued two hours and a curry dinner later.
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.
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. A hazy yellow beer with a huge yellowish head. The aroma has notes of bacon, smoke, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of bacon, smoke, caramel, and a bit of peat, leading to a dry finish.
ComradeK (859) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy light chestnut, with a smallish white head, which lasts reasonably well but does not leave much lacing. The aroma is very smoky indeed, with powerful notes of Islay whisky and smoked meat. There are some fairly clean citrus hops up front, but they are soon overcome by savoury smokiness. Peaty Islay whisky leads into some smoky bacon and wood smoke, with peppery notes in a dry, smoky finish. The weighty smoke flavours of this beer are kept nicely in check by its fairly light body, so despite being one of the smokiest beers I have had, it is not overbearing. A serious, and seriously enjoyable, smoked ale.
subcombicio (141) - Marghera, ITALY - AUG 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Odore di torba che si conferma poi in bocca. Lascia un gusto affumicato che fa innamorare.
sx_fusion (8) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2011 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have never smelt or tasted anything like this every. The peated malt is obviously the feature of this beer. Surprisingly drinkable but ifyou like pale lagers then it’s best to turn and run. Very bold
Maris (849) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 330ml bottle on 26/10/2011. Pours a slightly opaque light golden with a decent head. Has an extremely powerful peaty, Islay single malt aroma. The flavour is similar. This is the beer incarnation of a Laphroaig, Lagavulin or Ardbeg. Has a touch of citrus and long bitter finish. This shouldn’t work but it does. A crazy, interesting, impressive one of a kind beer.
omega (583) - 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.
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Den Tatoverede Enke. Clear golden/amber - offwhite head. 100% peated malts. Fruity. Smokey. High smokey. Ok malty sweetness. Grassy. Iod. Nice.