thanatosti (1793) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2017 pootzboy (1804) - Kitchener, Ontario, - OCT 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle - decants a lightly hazed honey-gold ale with a small bit sticky cap that lasts modeately and laces the glass. Aroma is smokey-musty with grainy undertones - like a Bamberg rauchbier but more restrained. Meduim body, slick mouth feel. Ups front this ale has a wonderful 3way balance between the peat smoke, malt and resiny hops - nothing overpowers anything else, mid palate these 3 flavour form a dulcet amalgam mid palate - it then goes on to a fast finish with hop resins and light astringecy from the smoke riding just over the malt- lingering smokey bittering. All in all a very good smoked beer which is not too over powering to have 2 or so. But where this beer really shines is when paired up with sronger tasting cheeses and foods like blue cheese or old cheddar or mutton stew - first rate as a food pairing brew.
Bottle sample @ De Prins, Rhenoy tasting with Sussanne and Gijs.
Clear dark yellow with a white head. Malty, smokey, bready aroma. Sweet taste with some peat from the whisky. Thin body with low carbonation. Watery finish with some ash. Not that exciting. jookos (7041) - FINLAND - NOV 2, 2017
bottle (sb iirc). amber golden clear. malty nose- bit old malty
feeling, very earthy, slight peaty smokey, as the label promises, but
with the caramels, feels slightly old. med bodied, caramel sweetness,
light smoke, sea-salty peat, ship roapy. feels like a windy rainy
autumny day in my mouth, by the docks on the scottish coast (they do
have a waterline, right?) or wherever this sort of whisky is made. not
having seen the bottle, I might just think this is a caramelly scotch
ale, innis&gunny, that has gone old, stuffy. Gangstergafje (1273) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2017
13-07-2017; bottle; at home (don't remember where it was bought).
The looks of the beer are fine. The color of the beer is a nice dark golden yellow. The beer is crystal clear. On top of the beer there is a rather small layer of white foam. Foam retention is rather low. A minimal drape is left after some minutes. Not to special in the looks.
The smell of the beer is nice. It really has the smell of whisky. Besides some simple sweet malts and some nice bitter and slightly acidic, but also rather simple hops, there is a strong peaty aroma. To bad I don't really like that peaty thing, also not in a whisky. But, in there it isn't to bad. It is not to strong, and remains balanced. It is a nice combination with the sweet malts.
The taste of the beer is pretty much the same. Sweet simple malts, which are linked to the nice and peaty iodine flavours. There is also a nice fruity hop flavour, a bit herbal and citric. Not bad. I like the iodine peat flavour. It isn't to strong, it remains in balance with the sweet malts and hops. Good job, because a distinct flavour like this can get to strong quickly. Not bad.
The palate of the beer is nice. Medium light body, smooth texture and medium high carbonation. The finish is nice. It has some nice whisky flavours of iodine and peat, but also a nice sweet malty flavour. Well balanced. All in all, a nice beer. It is more whisky-like than I did expect, which is good. Im pleasantly surprised. Davros IX (490) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2017
Bottle at home. I’ve always loved the St Peters bottles with their great shape and heft in the hand. Anyway, the beer poured well into the tankard and tasted pretty good too. I have to admit that to me there was no discernible taste of whisky, but there was a level of oakiness lurking in the palate. This was a solid best bitter and I did enjoy drinking it, but not one to seek out again. And I really didn’t taste the whisky. nybol (2347) - DENMARK - JUL 10, 2017
Brygget med whiskey, og helt klart røgwhiskey. Ved første smag troede jeg faktisk at jeg havde fået en røgøl. Smagen er også meget derhen ad, men bitterheden i eftersmagen er noget mere fremtræden, og røgsmagen fortager sig.
Alengrin (5718) - BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2017
Specialty beer from this classic English brewery, founded in 1996 and housed next to St. Peter’s Hall in St. Peter South Elmham in Suffolk, known for its very recognizable, oval flask-shaped bottles; this one is apparently not only made with a small portion of peated whisky malt, but also contains a splash of English (!) whisky, so a whisky beer in two different ways, you could say. Medium thick, off-white, lacing, very regular head, in the shape of a firm moussy ring and some flat islands in the middle, atop a cristal clear, orange-tinged ’old gold’ coloured beer. Aroma of clear cooked vegetable- and somewhat plastic-like pasteurization, overseeing more flattering hints of dry peat (clearly present but not too overpowering), freshly struck matches, damp cloth, moist flour, dried bitter wormwood leaves, straw, deep fryer oil, scones, lightly toasted white bread, moist cigarette tobacco, peanuts, camomile and indeed whisky, but subtly so and without the alcoholic effect. ’Clean’ and very subdued fruitiness in the mouth, so subdued that it becomes lager-like, but still showing faint background hints of dried apricot and apple peel, dryish from the start with a certain rounded, cereally malt sweetishness readily apparent, in a smooth and slick, lightly oily, softly carbonated environment. The maltiness clearly dominates the onset and the middle, with this cereally factor quickly shifting to a more expressive, toasted, softly bitterish flavour, with thin caramelly edges; the toasted bitterness matches well with a classically (’noble’) hoppy end bitterness in the finish, floral, leafy and peppery, drying the root of the tongue and lingering for quite a while; meanwhile the peat factor has subtly crept in, with a smoky, almost cigarette tobacco-like effect. The added whisky flavour is perceptible but hard to distinguish from this smoky peated malt aspect; generally speaking, a whisky-like effect adorns the end phase of this beer, but in a subtle and non-offensive way. That said, this whisky element is basically the only thing that elevates this beer a bit over the mainstream filtered English pale ale- and bitter-style beers, setting it a bit apart in its own subtle way; if only many of these peated whisky barrel-aged beers with deeper structures and higher ambitions would be able to apply it in this subtle, yet distinctive manner. That said: below this interesting peated and whisky-like factor, this is still a bland, filtered and pasteurized, almost lager-like English ale with an industrial feel to it as a result - and nowhere near a ’Scotch ale’ as it is apparently classified here... vipinvelp (4541) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2017
Light opaque yellow, white lacing foam head. Light smokey aroma, some smoke tones in taste. More oak dominated than whisky in taste and aftertaste. (Rotterdam 201702) Bijl (810) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2017
Goudgeel, helder, heel weinig koolzuur, snel zakkende schuimkraag.
Aroma: Graan en zoete mouten , iets gerookt, boter, brood/biscuit.
Smaak: Behoorlijk gerookt, zoete pale mout, karamel, graan. De whisky krijg ik niet echt mee... alleen het rokerige als een turf gerookte whisky en iets oak. De basis van dit bier is een zoetige Engelse Bitter. Brood/biscuit en granig/boterig. Geen hele goede dit!
Lichte body, waterig en een rokerige bittere afdronk. midovark (1076) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - DEC 31, 2016
0.5 l bottle. Pours hazy, deep golden with no head. Something was off with this: it was watery, thin and lacked every aroma and taste. Piw (1250) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2016
500ml Flasche. Klar und golden mit minimaler Schaumkrone. Komische Aromen. Bisschen Vanille, Gewürznelke und Kräuter. Bitter im Geschmack mit dünnem Körper.