Little Creatures Single Batch Puffing Billy

 
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Formerly brewed at Little Creatures Brewing (Lion Co.)
Style: Smoked
Fremantle, Australia

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
From time to time curiosity gets the better of us and you may stumble across a Little Creatures Single Batch beer. It’s only natural that the mind wanders a little and we like to challenge the brewhouse and ourselves with different styles of beer. Who can resist the lure of unchartered territory?
On a roll after the likes of the Big Dipper, Dreadnaught and Quiet American, here they’ve returned to Germany for inspiration (following last year’s Single Batch Marzen) with a lightly smoked Bock. The use of beechwood smoked malt is such that it’s barely detectable on the nose, where sweet malty aromas hold fort; instead, it appears more prominently in the flavour of this dark amber-coloured beer, where it goes to work with lots of earthy, spicy hops and ultimately contributes to a reasonably bitter, gently smoky finish. However, this Billy is mainly about the fulsome layers of malts, resulting in a delightfully smooth and impeccably balanced beer. But then again, it’s from Creatures so what did you expect…?

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3.3
bmeup (680) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2012
Nice looker, head falls away quickly over a rich amber ruby coloured beer. Yep there is some very subtle smoke in there, but don’t expect too much. Quite a pleasant bitterness and balance of malt. Acceptable beer with good food.

3.7
mkel07 (6269) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2012
500ml bottle from Archive. Very deep copper colour that is eye catching, along with a generous head of sand coloured foam. There is a nutty caramel aroma with just the faintest hint of campfire smoke way in the background. Thin and light in the mouth with subtle caramel malt, nut and biscuit flavours.

3.5
ComradeK (1256) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2012
1 pint bottle. Pours a clear deep copper colour, with a large light beige head, which lasts very well and leaves good lace. Light wood smoke, a touch of citrus and some mild coffee create the aroma. Fairly strong citrus and spice hops mix nicely with a coffee flavour up front. This gives way to some cocoa in the mid-palate and a dry, mildly smoky finish. This beer has an interesting blend of reasonably strong hopping and smoked malt, but works quite well on the whole.

2.6
Rangi (672) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2012
Just a hint of smoke which is nice went really well siping this beer while attending the BBQ.

3.6
Davros (3258) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2012
Pours copper with a lasting head. Nose shows sweet bready melanoidin malt, caramel, toffee. Pretty tempting! The smoke is faint though. Similar flavours. Big sweet toasty and bready melanoidin notes. Some smoke comes through too. Could use more carbonation.

3.6
imaragingbull (575) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear, deep amber near ruby, with average-minimal off white head which diminishes at a reasonable rate. Subtle aromas of light bread, toffee, burnt caramel malt, light spice, floral and spruce hop character. Pleasant Beechwood is there. Medium body, medium high carbonation and a generous noble bitterness lingers through the pleasantly complex malt showcase. Finish is malty, lightly sweet and satisfying with a light medium bitterness lingering.

3.4
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2012
Pint Bottle- A lovely dark brown colour with red hue. Nice malt flavours with a very good subtle smokey flavour.

3.1
Jade (435) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2012
Reddish brown, thin head and moderate carbonation. Lovely caramel and oaky aroma. Smoky flavour, almost earth. Quite malty. Dry after taste. Not bad.

3.5
hawthorne00 (4072) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2012
Nice pun. Bottle, 9C. Clear amber with an off white head that fades to the rim but lasts. Aroma has caramel, some nuts and grass. Layers of toasted malt, firm balancing bitterness. I like that there’s depth in the malt flavours without great sweetness. Finish is dry and a little bitter with some pepper and just a touch of smoke. Very solid bock.

2.4
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2012
There’s a great little video here showing the experimental approach to these one-off batch brews from Little Creatures: http://vimeo.com/51425203. But does it work? At best, it’s a qualified success, in my opinion. Anyone expecting a genuine smoked bock will be disappointed because the smoked malt is used so sparingly. Anything that encourages Australian drinkers to broaden their tastes should be encouraged, but it’s a long way from this to an Aecht Schlenkerla. This might be better on tap because the bottled version is pretty lifeless. Looked dead in the glass, with a fast-fizzling head atop a markedly still copper body. Very faint ashy notes in a fairly sugary aroma that hints at bacon and ginger ale. Slick, under-carbonated body. Tastewise, it’s dominated by sweet malts with a light smokiness and faint bitterness. In other words, it feels underdone from the carbonation to the smoked malt. Too sweet for mine. (500ml bottle from Carrington Cellars. BB July 10 2013)


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