Grant1 (2) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 5, 2012 does not count
Unique, exactly has everyone has said - the smoke and iodine of a fabulous single malt from Islay.
A real pleasure to find something different. BramV (3) - - MAR 15, 2015 does not count
Golden Ale, supersmoky - like drinking a BBQ. Amazing Discovery - Love it. Rare find though greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 13, 2011
This beer leaves me extremely conflicted. I expected to hate it. The sheer amount of hype surrounding it reinforced that expectation. The fact that I know the brewer (and he’s a lovely man, as is his business partner, and the man who actually makes the beer under contract - a triangle of niceness) didn’t help this negative expectation. In fact, he’d recently been on an "unfollow" mission against brewers on twitter who only twwet about their own beer, but lately, all he’s been tweeting is related to this beer. I love him, and I forgive him, because the emperor is fully clothed in some serious finery here. There’s no sign of Imperial todger. The beer is dominated by peat (as advertised), but the hops manage to assert themselves despite this. They leave a delicious heathery/spicy note among the wreathes of smoke. It’s like you’ve walked in on Gandalf getting his pipe on with a bunch of hobbits in a herb garden. That makes no sense, and nor does this beer, but it works so well. Nobody is more surprised at how much I like this beer than I am. Well done Stu and Sam. This is insane, inspired, and in-my-belly! Lazlo_Panaflex (6) - - SEP 1, 2011 does not count
Every time I try a smoked beer I generally feel like I’ve been assaulted. In a good way. This beer is no different. Having tasted and enjoyed their Pot Kettle Black Dark IPA, I was looking forward to this beer. Yeastie Boys are known for pushing the boundaries of brewing and this beer is no different. The nose is exactly what you’d expect. Smoke and tobacco. It’s almost overpowering. I say almost because there’s still something enjoyable about it. It’s like being forced face first into an ashtray by an angry punter who thinks you’ve been eyeing of his missus but when he realises you stare that way because you have a bung eye, he decides to buy you a beer and shakes your hand. Colour wise, it has a brilliant golden hue. This is the main source of confusion. I generally associate the smoky hobo-ashtray like aromas with dark, sullen ales or porters but in this case it comes from a fantastic and bright looking beer. If I was to ever be tongue pashed by a chain smoking super model, this is what it would be like. It’s terribly smoky but the hops comes through and leaves a nice spicy flavour with a lingering finish that reminds me of barbeque lamb chops. This is a man’s beer. If you are a man and you don’t like this beer then frankly, you are NO man in my books. A truly unique beer.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2011 My third rating... this ale has become my favourite way to end a rough day or to start a good weekend. Rich, full, golden, smooth on the tounge, rich on the nose, full in the mouth. Yes, you open the bottle and you smell burnt rubber and diesel, but, in the mouth, wow. My hint for first time drinkers of this amazing ale is ’don’t overtaste.’ Put it in a glass, cold and fresh, raise the glass to your nose. Smell the burnt peat, but feel the sweet sugary malt of the golden ale sweep through. Then drink, drink deep and swallow. You’ll love it.
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 10, 2011
On the Yeastie Boys tap at Galbraith’s. Rex pours a smoky gold with a small but perfect formed fluffy white head. The aroma is incredible. Earthy mineral aromas. I get is a mixture of soot and metal. A second wave is far cleaner, a medicinal scent like iodine or TCP. The taste crisp and sweet with toffee and floral notes. The mouth feel is full and fluffy with a dry smoky finish that continued two hours and a curry dinner later. allanbowers (93) - melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2011
really smoky beer. brave step to make something this unique. a bit of an acquired taste for this one. I like it. Ungstrup (37309) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2012
Bottled. A hazy yellow beer with a huge yellowish head. The aroma has notes of bacon, smoke, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of bacon, smoke, caramel, and a bit of peat, leading to a dry finish. ComradeK (1230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy light chestnut, with a smallish white head, which lasts reasonably well but does not leave much lacing. The aroma is very smoky indeed, with powerful notes of Islay whisky and smoked meat. There are some fairly clean citrus hops up front, but they are soon overcome by savoury smokiness. Peaty Islay whisky leads into some smoky bacon and wood smoke, with peppery notes in a dry, smoky finish. The weighty smoke flavours of this beer are kept nicely in check by its fairly light body, so despite being one of the smokiest beers I have had, it is not overbearing. A serious, and seriously enjoyable, smoked ale. subcombicio (166) - Marghera, ITALY - AUG 11, 2013
Odore di torba che si conferma poi in bocca. Lascia un gusto affumicato che fa innamorare.