RichTheVillan (8035) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2012
Retro review from Spring 2012 Wetherspoons Beer festival; Dark brown colour, woody taste with peat like smokiness. ManVsBeer (10800) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2012
It has a heavy peat aroma and taste, which does takes some getting used to. tombyars (1724) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2012
Tasted this in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in April 2012. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear copper in colour with a thin white head. Strong notes of wood smoke and crispy bacon in the lingering aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a short bread base with plum fruit present. Spicy peppery notes and dry tannins to the short bitter aftertaste. Malty finish has a dry tobacco flavour present in the palate. A decent Smoked Ale but some would find it hard going for a session though. madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
14th March 2012BlackHaddock (7516) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
Crosse Keys Spoons. Clear amber beer. Light dry palate. Minerals. Medium strong smoke with a nice counterweight of tangy fruits. Trace of bubblegum before the smoky dry finish. Bold!
I had a hand-pulled pint of this in my local Spoons in Wellington during the festival.
Deep bronze/copper body with an off-white head on top. I had lacing layers around the glass from the head as the beer level sank: impressive condition then.
I was transported back to Bamberg in my mind as I drank in the aroma and taste of this smoked brew. Really enjoyed the flavours, but I could only manage one (just like when in Bamberg): it is an acquired taste that I have yet to gain.
If you like smokey stuff this is for you: if not, leave it alone!
worldbeertaste (1806) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2012
Copper with a light white head. Smells of damp wood or rotten rasberries. I guess thats sort of smokey. Camping? Mango. Medium frothy body. Taste of, smoke fruit, malt, and another element that I can’t put my finger on, either organic, soil or rat. Something horrible. This pint is aweful. Dry harsh aftertaste. Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Cask at JDW. Light copper pour that looks deceptively like a run-of-the-mill bitter. The Bamberg-style aroma ends that notion. Apart from smoke there’s a fruity orange marmalade element. It’s heavy on the smoke though, and on the whole it’s pulled off quite well. Shame that the body is lacking substance and there isn’t a whole lot else going on. Heavy going towards the end. Not something I’d return to quickly but full marks to the brewery for the attempt. wheresthepath (2352) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2012
[Cask at the Hope Tap, Reading] Chestnut with a light white head. Woah, this is much smokier than I expected - it was almost on the harsh side until I got used to it! There’s dry woodsmoke from the off with a hint of bacon. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, yet oddly chewy. There’s some woodland fruit behind - maybe a blackcurrant and apple crumble, with a bit of toffee sauce. In fact, now I come to think of it, it’s like eating toffee apples by a smoky bonfire on a crisp Autumn evening. It would make a cracking beer for late Autumn, but it felt distinctly odd drinking this whilst sat outside on a hot Spring day. The smoky aftertaste lasted for much of the afternoon. It’s pretty good, and a welcome change from the usually insipid Batemans. c7 Leighton (21853) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2012
Cask at the Masque Haunt, JDW, London. Pours clear gold with a foamy, white head. Some faint smoke in the nose, along with a bit of ham. Medium sweet flavor, lightly smokey with lots of bacon notes. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Some toasty sugars to finish with more bacon, mild leafy bitterness and faint caramel. A respectable smoked beer. imdownthepub (14983) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2012
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Amber with white head. Well, this is certainly smoked for sure, smoked hock of bacon, aged with a lump of smoked cheese for good measure, damp peaty bonfire and exactly what it said it was going to be. Not bad really.