DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
11.2oz bottle. Mostly hazy golden yellow color. Thin white head. Good ropes and bits of lace. Big peaty smokey aroma. Very peaty, and campfire smokey, I like this kind of thing, but it’s very aggressive. Some light caramel malt underneath, light citrusy, spicy hop. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet, and a moderate lingering smokey savoriness, that lends a sort of pulled pork barbecue meatiness to the finish. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter, crisp carbonation. Lightly slick in the finish. Very good peaty smoked ale, with no shortage of smoke. I’m a fan of the smoked ale style, so I really enjoyed this... jmgreenuk (9872) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle at Taps, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a crystal clear light amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is peaty malt citrus honey. The flavour is strong bitter with a huge peat smoke malt medicinal band aid, light alcoholic palate and a medium dry malt bitter finish. The first mouthful almost knocked me off my bar stool but over time it grew on me. It’s rather like durian fruit. If you spit out the first mouthful you will never eat it again. This beer is quite unique and a real bold attempt to do something different. BeardedAvenger (1040) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2017
Keg at Rake, Borough. Smokebomb atoma. Some wood stain. A murky opaque amber. Thin but creamy white head. Obviously smoky vut there are hints of sweetness. Medium bodied. creamy. A prickle of carb. Long finish - it's smoky, funnily enough. Nice. sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 18, 2011
Crazy aroma, smells like smoked bacon, and a bit of cigar smoke. Wee bit of caramel malt. A bit of honey or something herbal?maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2011
Sweet caramel malt, with a lot of "campfire"(?)... Really really smokey, it’s rather awesome. Smoke is balanced by sweetness. Hardly any bitterness at all.
Medium body, doesn’t finish cloying. Long, smokey aftertaste.
I like this, it’s something different (for me). Good sh!t Yeastie Boys :)
Im torn on how to rate this beer. Its uniqueness is astounding ! Heavily peated malt is about all you get from the nose - which isnt a bad thing. The taste produces some citrus and barbequed meats. All this finishes with loads of charrred wood - like a big fire. Im not going to give this a bad rating. It’s not my kind of beer but to make something like this blows me away. Full marks to unique brewing quality
Davros (3258) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2017 Looks like this has been altered a fair bit since I first had it. Now its much more balanced, the peat is nowhere near as full on. Very enjoyable stuff....
<<Original Review as follows >>
Pours amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows bandaids, camp smoke, burnt hair, burnt plastic and faint caramel. Imagine a plastics factory caught on fire and someone put it out with beer. Pretty comparable to the aroma of this stuff. It’s amazingly potent too, strong enough to be detected from the other side of the room.
Tastes like charcoal. Seriously. And more burnt plastic. With a little sweet malt underneath.
This was difficult to rate - on the one hand, it was very interesting and unique. On the other hand, it was a serious hassle to drink and I never want to try it again. Wombata (625) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 12, 2012
Aroma: Smoky peat, whiskey-like but without the alcohol burn, bandaids, woody earth.
Palate: Smooth, almost weightless mouth feel that is almost ethereal.
Flavor: Brief note of honey quickly swamped by a tsunami of smoky peat. Finishes with grilled flavors and notes of barbeque.
Comments: As if the Red Rackham, which I loved, wasn’t wacky enough, this one takes the cake. But, don’t be afraid; just approach with care. Though just about everyone says it’s too over-the-top, I like that it has the character of whiskey without the weight or alcohol burn. Also, the palate is brilliant. This could blend very nicely with a stout; or, after an evening of tasting a lot of imperial stouts, this would make a good night cap. As is, it’s an acquired taste. I would try it again though. daniele (9573) - ITALY - JUL 12, 2012
Oro buona schiuma piutgosto persistente affunicata torbata intensa secca legno leggero etilico amaro medio affumicato intenso non molto corpo radagast83 (8340) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Poured a small, white head. Lots of peat notes, earthy hops. Flavor is smoke, easters, light malts, some peat. This is interesting, very bold and a touch funky. Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Like chilling out in a locker of smoked porkbelly while enjoying some whiskey. I was warned not to try it...by the sales guy and by the label on the bottle. Aroma of course is very smokey, like the worst aka best Framconian smoke shows. It is hazy yellow, without your nose you make suspect a hefe. Flavor of harsh, bitter ashiness. Recalls drinking an IPA while dipping snuff, which is a unique experience I don’t recommend. It’s very smooth and mellow body wise, so not so challenging as some claim. This is a love it / hate it beer, as is the smoking section of beers in general.