Brewed by Russell Brewing Company
Style: Scotch Ale
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Thistle


on tap


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
BIG SMOKE is part of the Collaboration Series which is a succession of small-batch brews created by independent brewers working together to create new beers that push the boundaries of taste. This unique, strong, smoky ale was jointly brewed by James Walton (Storm Brewing) and Jack Bensley (Russell Brewing) using 10% Peat Smoked Malt and Bravo and Willamette Hops. "We used a ridiculous amount of malt in this brew" says James, "and we are very pleased with the result". Big Smoke is a malt-forward beer with a big smoke aroma and a well-balanced hop finish. Storm Brewing and Russell Brewing Company were both founded in June of 1995 and have been producing craft beer for the local urban community for 16 years. The fine ales and lagers of both breweries can be found on tap at many fine restaurants and pubs in British Columbia. We hope you enjoy our Big Smoke collaboration ale. Cheers!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - OCT 26, 2012
If its not Scottish its crap!!! Fun fact: there are about as many Scottish Canadians as the entire population of Scotland itself. Anyhow this beer is a sticky dark brown substance, what everyone must wonder about is the smoky flavour, and yes you can taste the peat in the very depths of the palate but its not overbearing and takes second place to molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lupulist (348) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2012
Pours a dark aber colour with a persistent, creamy off-white head. Aromas of smoky bacon peat and caramel malts. Taste is a smoky umami, with a realy campfire feel. Lighter body than I was expecting for a scotch ale. Medium-light carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. Perfect beer to make pancakes with!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (14747) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle. amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is smoked, caramel, roasted malt. Flavour is licorice, smoked, roasted, malt, caramel, hop. Full body. OK beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
Recent bottle from friend of friend. A nice drinking smoked beer, nothing unusual just moderate and conservative, not much sweetness. A nice bitterness to it. Surprisingly high abv, but no booze detected. Full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (3593) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 28, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours a deep red/brown with light head. Earthy smoky aroma. Light peat smoke and full malt flavors. Someone mentioned a smoked ham taste - right on. Makes me hungry. OK beer with food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2012
On tap at Alibi 300. Pours clear red/brown/orange with a ring of head. Aroma of smoke, caramel malts, cinnamon. Flavour is the same including nutmeg. Medium bodied, quite thin, not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (13889) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
Bottle courtesy Fiulijn. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark red-amber colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Peasted notes. Heavy bitter wonderfull smoked/peated flavor. Long moderate bitter finish. Creamy smooth palate. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (20321) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2012
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012
2012-04-25, bottle from Tobys, Vancouver, 7-4-7-4-15=37
Dark mahogany color; medium sized head. Nice smoke aroma, vague ham. Strangely it tastes of soy sauce and Japanese brown seasonings; dark malt and chocolate, with moderate sweetness, and good body strength, and a peaty trace along with the common smoke, also traces of smoked ham; sweet caramel, more in the final; correct bitterness. A bit rough but good.

2012-01-09, bottle from Viti, Vancouver, 7-4-7-4-15=37
Dark brown color, almost black, with medium sized head. Aroma of smoke, with raisin, some oxidization, and a bit of paper and dust. Full bodied, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel; malt and dark caramel flavor, with a peat backbone, wood, and a sourish note from the smoked malt; correct bitterness.
Bold, loud, unelegant, but pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (48163) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ Fastelavn Smagning - Carnival Tasting - Ulfborg ].

[ Courtesy of fiulijn ]. Clear medium to dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, smoke - meat. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration, smoke - mead. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120218]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (3377) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2012
Thanks to Derek for this. Interesting beer. It says Big Smoke but its not that strong of a rauch. Here its listed as a Scotch and it doesnt fit well there either IMO. But the beer is tasty. Pours a dark ruby red with a big frothy, velvety light beige head. Aroma is mild smoke and deli meat but mostly peat and malt. Taste is somewhat sweet and peaty. Light smoke flavouring that clouds the palate but loads of malt and there is a small hop bitterness in the finish.

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