bozoNZ (778) - Christchurch, - JAN 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - says 5% Initial mouth feel was thinner than I expected given the ’scotch ale’ tag but then saw the abv. Kind of an old ale but the peat just gives an old dirty house charachter but otherwise quite drinkable
beer-yum (1629) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 Handpulled (as it should be), this is a superbly smooth example of the style. One of my favourite brews from the good folks at Townshend.
Pdubyah (710) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 22, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Has a nice aroma, looks nice, dark chestnut brown. But adding peaty malt does not alway a good beer make. This needs, in my opinion, something to beef up the body and delivery a stinger profile. You get a ’whisky’ sensation with drinking, but it’s a bit undefined and a bit annoying. I do think that this could be more and better.
Cantabrian (1113) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from a Myrish trader. I’m glad King’s Landing has come up with its own brew, but I could bet a silver stag that the city traders are bringing old casks from the abandoned brewery at Fishfoot Yard in White Harbor. Far from being aromatic and delicate as the Pentoshi pale ales, this is a dark beer, by and for Northmen. It is not as dense as the black brews that ooze from Skagos sealskins, neither as peaty as the barley wine from Harlaw, but it is still dark and dirty as Craster’s heart. The head is light brown, thick and firm as the foam left by the low tides in Lordsport, and the warm and herbal bovine breath above its dense frothiness tells me the malts are from aurochs-tilled fields of rye and barley in Brandon’s Gift. There’s indeed a good deal of Crannogmen peat, but most of the smokiness seems to be from moist sentinel wood. The touch of sophistication in this restful brew is the hoppy bitterness, and I believe it is none of the dull Highgarden varieties, but more likely from the zesty strains of the Flatlands in Essos. The strong brew has been diluted by the greedy pot-shop owners of Flea-Bottom, adding barrels of the Blackwater Rush with bay water, still spiked with iron rust and the ashy flavours of burnt ships and men. It finally gives the beer its true King’s Landing character. I recommend stocking up, because winter is coming!