fletchfighters (1505) - AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2013
1.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Hazy orange amber color once the head settled down. Poured all head. Way over carbonated. A few floaties in the glass. Once the head settled down a thick collar and soapy lacing was left.
Candied pineapple, passion fruit, caramel and peat. Peat nose does overwhelm the fruit nose at times.
Peat, peat and peat taste. Overwhelms the entire beer. Ick. Just hides all the pale ale elements of this. Bummer. Less peat malt and this could have been ok. That and the carbonations issues did not help
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Honestly, why did you buggers do this to us poor unsuspecting punters? This use of peated malt is getting silly. Oh it looks innocuous enough. Tall and amber in the glass with a suggestion of some head-like stuff on top of the beer. It was served cold and so the aroma was muted. Being an aficionado of Islay whsikies, I caught a distinct peatiness that shouted WARNING WARNING! DANGER WILL ROBINSON! I was prepared, having experienced Rex Attitude and Xerrex. Some mature orchard fruit makes an appearance as it gently warms and then I tasted. It could have been a greater assault on the senses, but I got full fruitiness and a gentle nudge toward that phenolic peatiness. It left its mark in a lingering finish as a distinct, lipsmacking fruitcake and generous dessert flavours. This wasn’t the angry genital-kicking skinhead I was expecting, but then my glass isn’t empty yet.
Davros (3071) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ridiculously frothy, almost all head at first. Had to wait 15 minutes just to pour it.
Nose shows peat, funk, spicy notes and faint fruit.
Flavours include peat, sweet malt, light fruit, spicy phenolic notes and some solvent-like booze.
Loads too much carbonation.
ALLOVATE (2992) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellar temperature and into a snifter as I had no idea of the purported style. Another gusher of a beer. Three solid inches of ever fuelled foam set atop a muddy, tawny copper body. Pronounced peat, cigarette ash and heather on the nose, atop notes of blueberry and banana Hubba-bubba™ bubblegum. There is an earthy and somewhat hairy element in there also. Through the frothy, bitter depths that needed gnawing off is an unexpected and unusually mellow tasting ale. The carbonation quite biting but this harshness matches the oily feel of the finish. A yeasty bite amongst craggy, earthy and peated notes reminiscent of an Islay Single malt finishes it and this sets the tone as it is quite overpowering and long lived. Body is shy of medium, so it would be light if it were near chilled. Toffee’d fruit seems to come out the mist; citric with a note of dark berries and that odd banana of the aroma. A little rock candy too. Something spicy gives it height just on the swallow but it is more phenolic than I guess the pepperberries would taste like. The yeast is the only bother as the flavours melds swiftly and make for a tasty slow sipper. The only thing absent was the alcohol as it sneaks up on you, left me a little tipsy. By the end of the glass I was greedy for another so that is a plus. Not bad! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Pyobon (1381) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy golden brown with persistent loosing off-white head. Aroma is primarily peat with smoke, pine, toffee, barnyard and hint of funkiness. The aroma seems to mellow a while after being poured. Palate is annoyingly overly fizzy. The flavour is outstanding, almost shocking. It is dominated by a lovely rich peatiness. There are smokey notes and hints of caramel and a little bitterness in the finish. Overall an unusual and interesting beer. To be honest I am not sure I actually like it, but I am very impressed by it! I do like the peaty whiskies, so am not put off by the peatiness per se. However the combination of this flavour on a rich and frothily fizzy base is just too odd for me.
Rangi (672) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown poor with a nice fluffy white head. Pleasant lively carbonation. Aroma starts off as an almost harsh wheat (may be the peat?) with pepper in the back ground. May be it was the shock of not expecting what I got but was not enjoying the beer until it began to mellow. Some nice undertones of berries and corriander begin to appear as the beer begins to settle and mellow. Would give this beer another go on an extremely hot day with the beer extremely cold.
greensleevesy (16) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Was very intrigued with the paring of peat and pale ale. Nose is coriander, thyme, smokehouse, peat, caramel, pine. Taste is beautifully balanced with mild yet lasting peatiness, malt, toasty, bready, hints of chilli and nuts. Drinkable and moreish. One of my top beers for the year. Bought from swanbourne cellars- great range
Sethmerlin (6) - - SEP 9, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky amber with thick head. First sip is just of the thick head, the aroma and foam are very peaty, loving it (been on an Islay whisky bender so this is perfect for me right now). The beer itself is much more restrained, peat taking a back step to the rich malts and the alcohol. Smokiness gives it a real dry finish demanding you drink more immediately, maybe a bit dangerous at 9%abv.... Really like this, had the idea to try making a homebrew tasting of Islay whisky a few months ago, beat me to it. Wish I had more of this....
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours murky orange with a large, frothy off white head. Nose is very fruit driven with moderate peat. Tropical fruits underneath it all with notes of blackberries, raspberries, white pepper and coriander. Very dry and woody. Lots of dark berries and fruit cake driven tones. Plum, toffee, dough. Peat is restrained and works its way through the taste. Warming finish. Nice stuff
hawthorne00 (3848) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 12C. Cloudy amber with a large stable white head that lasts all the way. Aroma of toffee, peat, dark berries, fruity peppers. Luscious mouthfeel with restrained carbonation. No overt alcohol although it feels all of its 9%. Rich and sweet with layers of smoky toffee and butterscotch, dark berries, plummy chiles (not listed as ingredients on the bottle, but surely there are some). Bitterness struggles out towards the end, along with gentle chile heat.