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 (1367) - 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 (886) - 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 (15119) - 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.
jonno (2467) - JAPAN - JUN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love it. Exactly what I imagine a beer to taste like if it wore peated malt clothing. Lots of medicinal, peat notes in the nose and on the palate and a little smoked ham/fish. It is very easy drinking for such an experiment. A real kick in the chops after the inoculous pale straw pour. Would I buy another bottle? Probably not, but for what it is, we may have a new style. Peat pale ale? Smoky blonde? Good stuff.
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Galbraith’s. Hazy, gold pour with a short white head. Peaty, medicinal nose - I knew I was in trouble shortly after the bartender opened the bottle. Even at arm’s length the aroma of this beer is remarkable. Medium-light body with lively carbonation. Peat, smoked peat, dark-roasted peat. Grilled peat. And more peat. And smoke. FFS, is this even beer? Or is it tonic and Laphroaig? This is vile, evil stuff. I love it. Conforms to no beer standard I’m aware of and not recommended if you want to taste anything else in the current session. Or possibly ever.
Not exactly sessionable, but very enjoyable if you pace yourself.
kiwi_daz (53) - 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.
yespr (40160) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, thanks to Ungstrup. Pours hazy yellow with a huge white head. Aroma is tarish, smoked ham and bacon. Ham, tarish and smoked. Dry and dense smoked. Wooden and bacon to ham smoked finish.
Cory (372) - , 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.
ALLOVATE (2874) - 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)