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 (3282) - 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 (627) - 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 (9660) - ITALY - JUL 12, 2012
Oro buona schiuma piutgosto persistente affunicata torbata intensa secca legno leggero etilico amaro medio affumicato intenso non molto corpo
radagast83 (8456) - 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. northropfrye (3690) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
I’ve tried almost 2000 beers, so it’s very rare that I come across one I’d describe as unlike anything I’ve ever had, but this one definitely meets that description. Once again the variety of beer never ceases to amaze me. Just when you think you’ve tried every flavour combination a new one arises. This is an experimental beer, for sure, but, for the most part, it works. Pale yellow body, not a lot of head. Immediately I was struck by a smoky peat moss aroma. I’m not a scotch drinker really, but it did remind me of the smokier whisky I tried in Scotland last summer. It’s smoky in a different way than a typical rauchbier and I don’t quite have the vocabulary to describe it, other than to say it’s uniquely smoky. I like it. The taste is initially sweet, but soon that strange smoke comes in....like a scotch without any trace of booze. Strange but not unpleasant. The palate was a touch soft, but overall this is definitely worth trying. It works. NBird (626) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2014
Looks. Hazy golden, sml head
Smells. heavy smoke and roast, not much hops - just a little golden ale malts
Tastes. Smokey character and and golden ale malts work welll together.
Not usually a big fan of heavy peated, the barman told me it was an IPA ha!
With smoked meat.. This be vgood. Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2014
28 July 2014, bottle. sickly mild yellow, faintly cloudy with some sediment or malt bits in the bottom. nose is huge peat and smoked sausage. like huge peat! not a great thing. med body and moderately fizzy. whole wheat bread, really big peat, smoked sausage. it tastes a bit more moderate than it smells but the peat is still huge. The more i drink the more the alcohol helps temper the initial big peat hit. This is the kind of beer i could drink occasionally but not regularly. It’s not too heavy but the peat really makes it a beer you need to choose the occasion for.