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%
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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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3.7
mkel07 (6266) - 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
hawthorne00 (4071) - 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.

3.6
gam (4037) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
Block sized bubbly head brisk medium carbonation rich amber pour aromas grassy tropical toffee grain flavours grain sweet grassy apricot pineapple toffee medium bitter very hoppy the finish hop aftertaste grain lasting bitter strange for a bock but likeable

3
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours dark ruby with a small off white head which quickly disappears leaving some spotty lacing. Nose is full of caramel biscuits and a balanced dose of smoke. A touch of spice lingers on the nose with a very marginal note of chocolate. Pleasant enough aroma. Very sweet malts and smoke in the taste. A touch of spice and nuts. Palate is thin and watery. Not too bad and very drinkable but nothing amazing

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
ALLOVATE (3056) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2015
Old bottle looking a little tattered (unsure of storage but even the label has grease marks), but into a snifter at just on cool this one goes. Has a sheen to it until it’s held to the lights where proteins are caught in suspension. A ruby hued chestnut with a tight bead a thin, off-white crown. Thickly malty, Bovril™, Horlicks™, Ovaltine™ and everything oldskool from the corner deli is the nose. A hint of sherry and ash, nail polish remover and rose petals adds rather than detracts - this has a pleasant nose considering it is the worse for wear. On the palate it heaves with melanoidins - did these guys go the extra length to do an actual bock decoction!? Again richly malty, textured and fruity with plenty of roasty, toasty, balanced and on par malts. Dates, prunes in syrup, stewed rhubarb, Ovaltine™, dry lumber, rust/blood, smoke and charred wood; it is on the drier side yet all elements work perfectly together. Only fault was a mild soapiness to it, but otherwise I am impressed. Body at this stage is leaning away from medium to light with soft carbonation. Impressed! (568mL, BB 10/07/13, random score from a friend)

4.2
davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
8 Aroma - caramel with hints of liquorice 9 Taste - sweet with bitter notes, and prolonged length 4 Palate - velvety and medium bodied 4 Appearance - amber with frothy head 17 Overall - nice and malty with good balance

3.5
Maris (1574) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2012
From a 568ml bottle on 31/12/2012. Pours a fairly clear light amber with a biggish head which disappears quickly. Has a modest woody, smoky aroma with some caramel in the mix. The flavour is more distinctive, with light caramel, toffee and biscuit to begin and then moving onto some quite strong spice notes and a light but unmistakable smokiness. Not a world beater, but relatively interesting and quite enjoyable.

3
fletchfighters (1553) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2012
568 ML bottle Dark orange amber color, though it is quite clear. Half finger of light brown head that slowly fades to film. Some slight lacing. Slightly spicy and malty nose. Some chocolate and nuts in the nose. Just shades of hop bitterness. Smoke?? None detected. Taste is of spicy hops, slightly grassy and metallic. Decent amount of malt . Once again some chocolate and nuts. Very slight bit of smoke in the taste. Reminds me more of a dark lager than a bock. Bitter, grassy feel not a lot of the traditional malty flavors in this. Far more in the taste really. A touch too carbonated and too thin. Pretty much the norm from LC on the single batches. A decent attempt.

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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