ComradeK (1029) - The Vale of Dundas, - 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.
RafeAU (115) - 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.
Blairgus (2614) - 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.
Hobartian (2) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2014 does not count
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
The peaty aroma is interesting and confuses the senses. But then the taste is just wrong. I remember tasting a brand new distilled whisky before going to oak and it was pretty offensive - but this is far far worse. By far the worst alcoholic beverage Iíve ever tried. Quite an achievement.
Scopey (6865) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Taps Beer Bar, KL. It pours clear amber with a small white head. The nose is heady, rich, peaty, earth, medicinal, mild acidity and big smoky laphroaig action. The taste is bitter, medicinal, earthy, smoked peat, toast, grain and dough with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation carbonation. As a fan of pleated whisky the nose blew me away, taste wasnít bad either. Very good.
NBird (371) - 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.
jmgreenuk (4361) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Taps, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a crystal clear light amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is peaty malt citrus honey. The flavour is strong bitter with a huge peat smoke malt medicinal band aid, light alcoholic palate and a medium dry malt bitter finish. The first mouthful almost knocked me off my bar stool but over time it grew on me. Itís rather like durian fruit. If you spit out the first mouthful you will never eat it again. This beer is quite unique and a real bold attempt to do something different.
Ellery (26) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This its like drinking laphroaig whisky in a beer! And on steroids! Massive amount of smoke and malt, not for the faint hearted!
northropfrye (2214) - 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.
bigbeerlover (14) - North Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2014
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
By far the worst beer Iíve ever tried to drink. It simply made me angry. 3 sips then down the drain.
nlderricks (16) - Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It's like having a lagavulin, laphroaig, ardbeg, etc but you low alcohol. Awesome for any Islay scotch lover. Maybe off putting to a normal beer drinker. Must have
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