Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Cask at the Rake, 17th Sept 09. Very dark brown with a white head. Hints of smoked meat on the aroma. Lots of rich milky chocolate flavours along with roasted notes and the rye. Very, very smooth. Easy to drink in quantity. Sublime. I had it on keg at the White Horse the week after and it lost the meaty hint but was still excellent. bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2009
Tap in the White Horse at Parsons Green. Deep ruby brown with a lively beige collar. Smokey aroma with a hint of fresh hops. Flavour similar with smoked grains masking the hops which are noticably oily. Good smooth mouth feel with alcohol well disguised. Very decent. BeerViking (4796) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2009
Smoke and fruit on the nose, is followed by deep rich smoky vinous body, with lots of hoppy bitterness, a hint of sweet dried fruit, some citrus and resin notes, and a smoky dry bitter finish. Very chewy and satisfying. gnoff (10417) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2009
Draught at Bishops Arms Avenyn, Göteborg. On October 26, 2009MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2009
Clear dark brown color, small tan head. Caramel, cream, hoppy, floral taste. Sweet and bitter aftertaste. Floral hoppy scent, also malty sweet. Some peppermint in the back of the nose as well. Smooth, soft, creamy mouthfeel. Medium to medium low bitterenss at first masked by the dominant fruitiness. Afterbitterenss medium to medium high. Also floral aftertaste. Some hints of smoke in there, but well balanced.
A Mes rate. Keg at the Rake.
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2009
Well... this is a bit of an odd one. Thankfully, odd in an interesting way. I’ve had plenty of smoked beers, it’s one of my favourite styles, but never one this hoppy before. Darkish brown with a thin oily off white head. Aroma is clearly Sierra Nevada hoppy stuff but the darker malt and smoke hint that this is just that little bit different. The flavour is just the same but the smoke comes on really late. Not before there is a really good hit of earthy malt and grassy hoppage. There is an almost peaty note and then a building, germoline infused smoky finish. The delicate dryness on the palate makes for effortless drinkability too. My overall impression is that of a beer that is uncomplicated yet really enjoyable. Good work Mike and Rich for making this happen.
Cask in the rake. It was good to get to try this before even the people who brewed it got to try, my bosses, hehe! Aroma is subtley raugh smoked malt, fairly balanced sweetness of toffee and some light citrus fruits comign through. Taste is really well balanced for the style and strength, the alcohol is seriously well hidden, unusually the citrusy bitetring hop goes well with the smoked malts, it goes down immencly well. Good effort alround! Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2009
(At Rake, Thanks Tom) Dark red-brown colored with little yellow head. Rich rye-chocolaty aroma with nice smoke coming up, some berries also present. Medium bodied, smooth palate. Flavor has roastiness in start with berries and rye also here, aftertaste dries with smoke, nice bitter hops also come up. harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2009
Had this twice, first at The Porterhouse in Covent Garden when I didn’t think it was quite right, interesting, but not quite right, and then at The Rake where is was a lot better, cerainly hoppier over an interestingly full bodied slightly smokey rye body. I thought pretty good. konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2010
Sampled at SBWF -09. Dark brown with an off-white head. Rye bread is present in both aroma and taste, as well as notes of dark fruits. Bitter aftertaste. Didn’t notice any smoke in this one. rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2010
Brown beer with an offwhite head. Floral aroma with malty notes. Hoppy floral flavor with caramel notes.