Brewed by Hopcraft
Style: Smoked
Pontyclun, Mid Glamorgan, Wales


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
The final brew was a rather unusual dark beer, not quite stout not quite wheat beer, with a generous dose of German smoked malts (both beechwood and oak) to add complexity and, as youd expect in such a beer, the hop charge was (for us!) ludicrously low with Admiral, Marynka and Magnum being used more to add to the flavour than to add their own as is usually the case with our beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (12211) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Cask at the Bow Bar. Pours dark brown, light smokiness, sweet, light chocolate, dry toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
s_hartshorne (2728) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2014
Cask west ridings dewsbury. Dark ruby colour ok beige head and lacing. Aroma is roasted malts dark fruits. Taste same slight smokiness and sweetness. Medium body soft carbonated. Ok not very smokey.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrTipple (4162) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
Aroma: bread malts, dark dried fruits. Appearance: dark amber, small white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: salted smokiness, dark fruits again. Overall: decent smoked beer. Pint at the Southampton Arms, Highgate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (23973) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
10th March 2014
Craft Clerkenwell. Cask. Clear deep amber beer, small tan head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Modest carbonation. Smooth tangy malts - brown malts. Tangy dried fruits, whisper of dry malt cream. Very light touch of smoke and bubblegum esters. Dry finish. Tasty enough and pretty drinkable but again, could be livelier in the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16836) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2014
Cask at The Craft Co. Clerkenwell. Deep clear amber color, small beige head. Light smokeyness and dark fruits in the nose. Light-bodied. Dark fruits, wet wood and light earthy hoppyness in the flavor. A bit more low-key than expected, but balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17824) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Cask handpull at The Craft Clerkenwell. Malty tasty good malt in mouth. Good premium bitter. Touch of smoke on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (10161) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Cask, gravity at Derby, Roundhouse, NWAF, Saturday 22nd February 2014 Pours black with just a few stray bubbles on the perimiter. A little smokey fudge on nose, the roastiness is slight, just a touch warm perhaps, smokiness showing more with a little clackiness in mouth and touch if fruit. Good but not my favourite from Hopcraft, served a tiny bit warm. Loz said I was being too tight with my ratings again and that this much better than 3.3, shes right I have upped it a little. A7 A4 T7 P3 Ov14 3.5

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Leighton (20133) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
Keg at the Earl of Essex - London. Pours clear amber-brown with a thin, tan cream head. Mild smoke in the nose along with burnt plastic and mud. Light sweet flavor, quite muddled, more mud, burnt plastic, faint smoked ham, some swamp water. Light to medium bodied with fine, soft carbonation. Muddy finish with more swamp water, background smoked malts, melted plastic, earth. Very little goodness here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (2427) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
Cask at Earl of Essex, Islington. Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Slight smoky, meaty aroma with a little red wine. Medium body, mild carbonation. A vegetal herbiness - a bit fennely - to it and a touch of coffee too. A little dirt and wood too. OK. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (22998) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2014
Cask at the bow bar... Deep brown... Thin tan lacing... Sift dark malt nose... Dift fruity roast... Berry fruitz... Sweet malts... Soct dark malt fruit

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