olio (10546) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 10, 2017
33 cl bottle @ Timo A. BBE 06/2019.DwarfeD (3539) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2017
Pours clear golden color with a small head. Very strong peat aroma, smoky, earthy notes too, mild malty tones and spices. Flavor is sweet malty, caramel, tar, peat and subtle spice notes. A bit aggressive with the peat at first but in the end very nice.
33cl bottle at home. Clear orange / amber with a small slightly off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Heavy smoke with quite some sweetness and subtle bitterness. Peated malts, apricot and tar. Weird but nice. Muggus69 (2723) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2017
330mL bottle from BoozeBud. BB FEB20
Hazy orange body, white head hangs around.
BOOM overwhelming aroma of brutally smoky peat - burn tyres, iodine, seaweed.
Smooth texture, some sweetness & weight calms things down a bit...
It’s actually not as intense as I was expecting - the malt character tones things down a bit, gives a sweet bread crust character to proceedings. Still...it’s bloody smoky - sulfury, iodiney, briney; it’s like a fishing boat caught on fire & you decided to blend it up & drink the juices.
Challenging, intimidating, god it lingers - sort of like an Islay whiskey without the complexity & barrel character. Not sure. Tmoney99 (14952) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average brown frothy head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted smoke malt and peat aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy peat smoked flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Don’t f-cking sniff it and swirl...this is Scottish malt. Drink it. dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Great idea but the execution could have been better. Big peatiness but too much ash battling the smoke.
marcus (10668) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle from Taylor’s Market, Sacramento. Pours murky golden with a rocky off-white head and a smoky aroma. There is an equally smoky peat malt flavor. This one is not for the faint of heart. It’s real smoky, but should appeal to devoted single malt scotch drinkers. RafeAU (628) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
STOP - you need to plan when you’ll have this. This is a PEATY beer - think Islay whisky: Laphroaig, Ardbeg etc. Smokey peat is the overwhelming flavour. Ideally you can give ~20 people a small taste from one bottle. You’ll die if you drink a whole bottle yourself. I wouldn’t drink more than ~50 ml of this beer but I appreciate it for being a remarkable beer that shows the limits of what beer brewing can achieve. tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle; Ale House; Chelmsford. 21st March 2015
Iodine aroma, peat, TSP. Golden pilsner base. Very clean. Really interesting use of whisky casks. Finish is alcohol and fruits. It’s fascinating. Just not a fan of this but it is well-made. olliejobbins (1577) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2015
330ml bottle. Pours a clear orange/gold. Aroma is peat, wood smoke and little else but not in a bad way. Taste is heavily smoked peat. Really nice and smooth. Hoppy at first. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2011
Tasted on tap at Pommeroy’s in Christchurch.
It’s the oddest thing to smell peaty phenols from the head of a pale ale. The definitive Islay iodine aromas dominat all else. To taste there’s gorgeous barbecue sauce, smoked sausage and kippers. It spreads a warm glow with a lemon citrus bitterness lingering on the palate. The finish leaves smouldering woodchips but not a lot else. A curiosity certainly, but not one worth repeating.
RATER’S WARNING: Do not order this beer by the pint. I observed several people who got two thirds of the way through and could not finish. It’s only because I’m enormous and an enormous lover of peaty whisky and beer that I was able to struggle through to the end.