radagast83 (5038) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a small, white head. Lots of peat notes, earthy hops. Flavor is smoke, easters, light malts, some peat. This is interesting, very bold and a touch funky.
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like chilling out in a locker of smoked porkbelly while enjoying some whiskey. I was warned not to try it...by the sales guy and by the label on the bottle. Aroma of course is very smokey, like the worst aka best Framconian smoke shows. It is hazy yellow, without your nose you make suspect a hefe. Flavor of harsh, bitter ashiness. Recalls drinking an IPA while dipping snuff, which is a unique experience I donít recommend. Itís very smooth and mellow body wise, so not so challenging as some claim. This is a love it / hate it beer, as is the smoking section of beers in general.
northropfrye (2302) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve tried almost 2000 beers, so itís very rare that I come across one Iíd describe as unlike anything Iíve ever had, but this one definitely meets that description. Once again the variety of beer never ceases to amaze me. Just when you think youíve tried every flavour combination a new one arises. This is an experimental beer, for sure, but, for the most part, it works. Pale yellow body, not a lot of head. Immediately I was struck by a smoky peat moss aroma. Iím not a scotch drinker really, but it did remind me of the smokier whisky I tried in Scotland last summer. Itís smoky in a different way than a typical rauchbier and I donít quite have the vocabulary to describe it, other than to say itís uniquely smoky. I like it. The taste is initially sweet, but soon that strange smoke comes in....like a scotch without any trace of booze. Strange but not unpleasant. The palate was a touch soft, but overall this is definitely worth trying. It works.
NBird (405) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks. Hazy golden, sml head
Smells. heavy smoke and roast, not much hops - just a little golden ale malts
Tastes. Smokey character and and golden ale malts work welll together.
Not usually a big fan of heavy peated, the barman told me it was an IPA ha!
With smoked meat.. This be vgood.
Blairgus (2727) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
28 July 2014, bottle. sickly mild yellow, faintly cloudy with some sediment or malt bits in the bottom. nose is huge peat and smoked sausage. like huge peat! not a great thing. med body and moderately fizzy. whole wheat bread, really big peat, smoked sausage. it tastes a bit more moderate than it smells but the peat is still huge. The more i drink the more the alcohol helps temper the initial big peat hit. This is the kind of beer i could drink occasionally but not regularly. Itís not too heavy but the peat really makes it a beer you need to choose the occasion for.
Tmoney99 (11061) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average brown frothy head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted smoke malt and peat aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy peat smoked flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Donít f-cking sniff it and swirl...this is Scottish malt. Drink it.
dfinney23 (1836) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great idea but the execution could have been better. Big peatiness but too much ash battling the smoke.
marcus (6769) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Taylorís Market, Sacramento. Pours murky golden with a rocky off-white head and a smoky aroma. There is an equally smoky peat malt flavor. This one is not for the faint of heart. Itís real smoky, but should appeal to devoted single malt scotch drinkers.
RafeAU (187) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
STOP - you need to plan when youíll have this. This is a PEATY beer - think Islay whisky: Laphroaig, Ardbeg etc. Smokey peat is the overwhelming flavour. Ideally you can give ~20 people a small taste from one bottle. Youíll die if you drink a whole bottle yourself. I wouldnít drink more than ~50 ml of this beer but I appreciate it for being a remarkable beer that shows the limits of what beer brewing can achieve.
Jimthechap (1788) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on tap at Pommeroyís in Christchurch.
Itís the oddest thing to smell peaty phenols from the head of a pale ale. The definitive Islay iodine aromas dominat all else. To taste thereís gorgeous barbecue sauce, smoked sausage and kippers. It spreads a warm glow with a lemon citrus bitterness lingering on the palate. The finish leaves smouldering woodchips but not a lot else. A curiosity certainly, but not one worth repeating.
RATERíS WARNING: Do not order this beer by the pint. I observed several people who got two thirds of the way through and could not finish. Itís only because Iím enormous and an enormous lover of peaty whisky and beer that I was able to struggle through to the end.