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.
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.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I like the thought, but the beer is just a little too peaty. I love my islay scotch, and you dont tend to get that ash tray taste, but with this beer thats whats left in your mouth after each sip.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeastie boys Rex attitude Fall Ď12... Smoky woody aroma, peat mild medicinal. Flavor is more of same, tempered by sweeter biscuit nutty malts. Well crafted, perceived as a smoky blonde marzen. Recalls ddc charbonniere with peat
skortila (4619) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has mainly peat, medicin, ashtray, but there is an occasional hop sparkling in the nose. Clear, golden coloured beer with a white head. The taste is light bitter and full of ashtray. Slightly carbonated, body is relative thin which makes it more drinkable. How ever the pure ashtray is just not really enjoyable. But well, bonus points because itís such a cool experiment. ;-)
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really exciting beer - not as scary as I imagined. Obviously extremely peaty but not overwhelming - the aroma and flavour have a depth and level of complexity - umami that I donít find very many other places - the only thing I can compare it to - not in flavour but in feel is truffle. Because distilling malt is used the malt body is a little one dimentional; that said it is all about that one type of malt. The beer is brightened up by fresh hop notes - mainly on the palate as the Peat overcomes them on the nose
inceptioj (50) - Dunedin, 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.
dgi (14) - DENMARK - OCT 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Certainly a really a beer that Iíll remember. The aroma is a blast of smoked malt notes which pretty much cover everything else. I am a big fan of peated whiskey (luckily, or I would not have survived this one), so I enjoyed it a lot, but it certainly is rather extreme.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beer that certainly isnít for everyone. Ultra smoked with a thick, oily viscosity and an intense flavor using peat malt (yeah, the kind typically used to make spirits, not beers) Not sure of the color because I drank it from the bottle, and while it was far from delicious, it was certainly one of the most interesting beers Iíve ever tasted. Very smokey, oily, extremely dry finish. Intense.
junon (424) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thatís smokey. Sensory overload really. If you like smoked meat then this beer is for you. I would not suggest eating with this beer.