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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by AgentMunky on 04-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interestingly I had this the same evening I had tactical nuclear penguin. It's peaty, smokey and boozy. Like a less boozy TNP. I think those who didn't like it were expecting your typical barrel aged beer. This one is different, worth trying and better than advertised.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

nope. this is a hard miss. it pours a fine enough looking dark dark brown color, minimal light passing through, and a decent bubbly tan head. the nose is disgusting though. it smells like dry erase markers, straight up. maybe some cig butts too, but man, i cannt get past the dry erase marker smell. its smells like poisin. the flavor is only marginally better, some tobacco notes and some bitter burnt malt, but still that marker vibe. feel is irrelevant at this point, but its got decent carbonation and a full body. nothing but marker and booze, how did they create this? its terrible, one of the worst craft beers ive tasted in a long long time. huge letdown for my first 3 floyds product. never again with this thing.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks MrKennedy for sending this one! The beer poured out as a muddy looking brown color. The head was soapy and white. There is a decent retention but no lacing. The smell of this beer is smokey... It also gives off aromas of earthy malt and some boozy sweetness too. The taste gives off a big Islay cask smoked flavor... Something BrewDog does very well. It's not salty tasty which is good. The other subtle flavors that come through are malt and some earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side, it's got some depth to it. There is a creaminess in the finish blending with the smoke. Overall this beer isn't terrible. I didn't expect it to be cask aged... But all in all I drank it but I wouldn't need to have it again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With extreme flavors that favor Scotch whiskey, this Frankenstein of a beer shoves the palate to its brink with a bullyish display of earth, smoke, and bitterness.

The moderately hazy beer carries a firm mohogany hue with a dense and creamy head with a broken and speckled necklace of lace. Firm retention gives this a very formidable appearance.

High intensity of burnt rubber, rye, black peppercorn, scorched earth, sorghum, grapes, plumbs, cigar tobacco, weathered wood and moss create this meringue of scents that are surprisingly aromatic and perfumy despite being rustic and offensive.

The strong (oh, so strong) taste of peated whiskey, brown sugar, campfire smoke, lit cigars, ash, and the deeply embedded earthen hop balance gives a broad bitterness to the beer but continues to mudden the waters while a dull spiciness of rubber, pine sap, aniseed, rootbeer, and nail polish aptly describe the spicy, herbal, and sharpness that underlying complexities provide.

Full bodied and highly weighted because of the inherent character of creamy smoke and rich residual sweetness- the beer's reprieve rests in the astringency of char and ash with hot boozy alcohols and evaporation of wood tannin and strong powder.

But then how is it that so many unpleasant discriptor words pour out of the lexicon that this beer actually rates well? As offensive as the beer becomes to my beery palate, I feel that the peat influence of Scotch whiskeys plays out with proper balance, bold taste, and crazy-stupid levels of complexity.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.27/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.16 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into N'Ice Chouffe beer flute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I think this is me first beer from Three Floyds. Cost was 11.99 USD in Orange County.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is rather dark caramel-copper, but when it pours it looks much lighter.

Sm: HEAVY whiskey, with a good dose of peat in there as well. It certainly grabs me, right from the first whiff. Caramelized malt also makes an appearance. It's musty, with light hints of what could be dark fruit esters. It's a bit bready as well, which is strange but likable. I'm intrigued and excited to try it. Moderate in strength overall.

T: Heavy peat on the open, which is a terrible start. The whiskey is in a tone buried deep in the profile. The result is less than desirable. The peat just savages all the other flavours, gutting the beer. I get some terribly balanced hops and caramelized malt, but only after searching past the awful aquarium peat note. This may be the worst barleywine I've ever tried. The balance is certainly wretchedly abysmal. I don't know what they were thinking, but this downright blows.

Mf: Spontaneously coarse from the peat, and pretty wet. Doesn't at all complement the flavours or style.

Dr: To say this was a disappointment is an understatement. It's a total ripoff of a failed barleywine. Sort of a failed collaborative experiment. It was irresponsible that this was ever released. I expected far more from my first three floyds beer. In its defense, the alcohol doesn't come through a whole lot.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.63/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of wood and sickening sweetness doesn’t make for an interesting aroma. Taste is like crunching into an old scotch barrel that has bathed in sugar, i.e. not an interesting proposition. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I finally drain poured half the bottle after I couldn’t take any more of the bad scotch ester and the sickening sweetness.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.39/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Smoke, peat, and booze are the best way to describe the aroma. Some caramel, toffee, and bready malt. It's actually decently fruity, as well. The flavor almost choked me. Wood, peat, smoke, and alcohol are just dominating. The fruit and malt flavors are not really allowed to be on display here. Just awful stuff.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.47/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Man, what I wouldn't give to be able to order one of these from some nice young lass at a bar... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear ruby-amber topped by a finger of liht khaki foam. The nose comprises burnt toffee, peat smoke, booze, light vinyl, and pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, with the combined forces of booze, peat, and resin forming a horrible gauze-dipped-in-gasoline-and-set-on-fire flavor that makes it nigh impossible to drink easily. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, the peat was just too strong in this beer. I'm a fan of the smokier Scotch brands out there, but this just overdoes things in the worst ways.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The beer is pretty clear, appearing a rusty, copper orange hue. The aroma brings peat, smoke, Islay scotch. A bit of heat with a lot of peat (bustin' rhymes). Good flavor if you enjoy peaty, smoky beers and/or scotches. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. A decent brew, I would recommend this to those who like smoked beers.

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Photo of MasterSki
1.99/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a Hair of the Jester King snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving light tan foam settles to some wisps and a thin collar, but no lace. Transparent bronze body.

S - Iodine, peat, smoke, black permanent markers, rubber, oak. Smells like a poor quality scotch whisky.

T - Burnt paper, oxidation, cardboard, tar, rubber. I'm not sure what the base beer was, but it isn't home and can't come out and play as it's been obliterated by peat, salt, and wood.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, tannic and dry texture, and plenty of warming alcohol.

D - Terrible stuff. I choked down enough to take notes then poured out the rest. If I wanted cheap scotch I could get better value skipping the middle man and just buy a 750ml bottle at the supermarket.

Attention brewers - if you feel the need to age your beers in Whisky barrels, make sure the beer has sufficient flavor to survive the process. Or sell the finished product in 1oz servings like actual whisky - your choice.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: poured a reddish brownn in color with orange highlights and had a finger of head that left plenty of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: you definitely can sniff out some whiskey character on the nose with oaky, brown sugar, booze, caramel, and hints of pear.

T: the oaky whiskey flavor was more prominent on the palate alongside slight smokey, caramel, citrus hoppy booze notes and a touch of pear.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a oaky, whiskey, smokey, slight fruit, and sweet hoppy finish.

D: was as drinkable due to the ABV's on this beer but it had lots of whiskey character to top it off.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.24/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$12... Waaay too expensive... too expensive from the brewery and too much markup from the bottleshop.

Poured into my HotD goblet while boxing bottles for trade.... tan head with decent lacing and retention.... the brew is hazed light walnut.

Nose is full of headache acetone and burning rubber... smells like somebody put a palate of Converse on a campfire. Uncapped "Sharpie" markers .. Jesus... Really?

Flavor is making me squint... burning latex.... burning tires... Phenols that should NEVER be in any commercial beer... terrible superglue notes...

Christ.... seriously... I can handle Peaty Scotch, but this is a Train Wreck like nothing else. If you like sniffing Glue, then go at it.


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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.91/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours dark brown with lots of hints of red. Large off-white creamy thick head that slowly sets into rich lacings.

S: Smoked roasted sweet malt. Some burnt notes. Dark dried fruits and some citric floral hoppy notes. Faint vanilla.

T: Sweet roasted malt, lots of dark dried fruits. Smoky and faint spicy. Reminds of a smoky Single Malt Whisky, aged on bourbon casks - vanilla and smoke. Citric notes, way in the back.

M: Full body, moderatly carbonated. Aftertaste lingers and holds dry bitterness and some faint sweetness.

O: Complex and well balanced, but the whisky/oaky/vanilla is a bit too much in my book.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.85/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Leura Cellars, shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a lovely clear red colour, bright and vibrant, with a solid and frothily fine head of off-white. Quite a lucid and fine body, but the carbonation is incredibly fine and powdery when tilted. Lacing is tiny, intricate and persistent. Overall, it's a really gorgeous looking beer.

Nose is powerfully strong with peated smoke, but balanced gorgeously with a resiny, almost pine-like hoppy fragrance, that gives it depth and complexity. It's bright and pleasant, but with a depth that's quite extraordinary. Wow.

Taste is, also, just incredible. Pleasant rustic bounce from the smoke, giving it a pleasant dryness and a touch of Islay Scotch, before that lovely piney resin character comes through to balance and deepen the complexity. Furthermore, there are other, more subtle malt characters that come through later—biscuits, toasted grain and a dry spiciness almost like rye. It's incredibly complex, but all fused and tied to that smoky, peaty backbone. Feel is light and pleasant, but the lightness itself is astonishing in a beer this big.

Confronting but reassuring all in one, this is a beer that puts together some astonishingly good complexity into a whole that makes gorgeous sense and fabulous anarchy all in one. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 19-03-16 best by date.

(A)- Pours a fairly dark chestnut color with reddish highlights. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- A nice smoked/peated briney hop character in front of a mellow caramel malt backbone.

(T)- Similar to the smell in alot of ways. The smoky peat note flows into subtle pine and citrus. Very very subtle caramel malt.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A nice balance with the whiskey and barrel aging giving the beer quite an in-your-face barleywine.

(D)- Not too shabby. The idea and description of the beer had me intrigued, but at $12 for a single bottle of this, it was wayyy too expensive for what you actually got. Purely based on the price, this is really disappointing, but if you forget about how much you paid for it, its not too bad.

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Photo of bark
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is brown-red (50 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick beige head sinks slowly leaving no lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet-tart with some smokey notes. Band-aid, cream, gooseberries, red currants and some toffee. Quite a lot of alcohol.

The taste is very woody. It is dry with distinct high alcohols. Whiskey, salt and butterscotch. Quite a lot of oaked notes and some green fruits. Medium body. The aftertaste got hot alcohol, oak and whiskey flavours. The finish is rather smooth with wooden notes.

The carbonation is quite strong. The small bubbles are long lasting in the mouth. The liquid is dry and a bit harsh.

An experimental brew that probably was more fun to make than to drink (at least after a few years).

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Photo of champ103
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, but clear ruby brown color. A two finger beige head forms, but recedes in a second. Light watery lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt is up front and very nice. That quickly vanishes to a caramel malt sweetness, wood and raisins.
T: Much sweeter here. Almost cloying. Light wood, sweet caramel, and almost over barring sweet raisins.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation. Fairly smooth. Plenty of alcohol is noticeable, but a decent sipper.

I fully expected this to be over barring in every way. While it might be just a bit to sweet with to much alcohol. This is enjoyable for a one time purchase.

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Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark copper colour with a big, rocky, light tan head. Good head retention. Some lacing.

Peaty malt up front in the aroma backed up by some sweetness, fruit esters and a touch of vanilla. Mild alcohol. The aroma is actually quite complex.

This starts off very peaty, driven by a brooding, ashy peat malt but that gives way to a phenolic, smoky malt and then some vanilla and caramel from the barrel. It is important to note that most of the peat in this comes from peated malt in the mash rather than from the barrels. The sweetness has a slight fruitiness to it as well. Personally, I really like it though I wonder what happened to the shortbread and toffee that were allegedly added to the beer.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Works fine.

I like this quite a bit. I can understand why some people think it is too smoky but the peat does subside as your palate acclimatises and it leads to a much more nuanced beer than initially hits you.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.27/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Batch 49[8?]. Best before 10 August 2016.

A collaborative effort with Three Floyds. "Barrel aged Scottish barley wine."

A: A moderately-forceful pour results in almost two fingers of off-white which churns slowly and shrinks quickly. The beer is a mahongany brown, just barely clear. Good lacing.

S: I was confused by the smell until I place peat (as if from whisky) as the now-obvious king of the aroma. It's not not the strongest scent, but the most recongisable and captivating. There are also some sweetish hops, complemented by fruit (overripe grapefruit?). There also seems to be a vanilla undertone, although after looking at the label, I suspect this is rather the added toffee. Complicated and always interesting.

T: Weird as hell. But tasty. Just as all-over-the-place and complex as the smell, with most of the constituent ingredients. At first, an alcoholic-packed punch of raw (piney?) hops hits, quickly followed by a startling sweetness containing both toffee and whisky. Focusing on the pleasant barrel-aging, peated barley makes a brief, but unmissable, appearance -- smoke comes out of nowhere, then leaves as abruptly as it came. The aftertaste is lazily long, largely hoppy/bitter, but with a distinctive ashiness I've come to associate with certain Islay malts (less Jura and more Port Charlotte PC8). Odd to find in a beer, though this is just an odd beer all-around. Sheer power of flavour (and my fondness for Islay whisky) bumps my rating up a notch.

M: Nothing really special here, other than a drying peat. The warmer the beer, the peatier it gets. I like this.

O: It definitely lacks focus, but that's not necessarily a bad thing -- by the same token, Bitch Please is incredibly multi-dimensional. Fortunately, none of the individual facets are unpleasant. While *I* certainly wouldn't have shoved all these flavours into one beer, the ambitious effort has resulted in an intriguing and rewarding drink. I certainly recommend trying one and may very well grab another one for myself.

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Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown color with a fluffy two finger head with low retention and floating particles.
Predominant aroma of smoked ham, earthy hops, spices, caramels and peat-ashes duet.
Taste follows nose and definitely a sipper. Flavor of peppery yeast, peat, vanilla, oak, whisky, lots of resiny hops and a citrus, sulfur and earthy hint. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 11.5% abv is well hidden.
Not that complex, but still an excellent assertive choice of Barley Wine for whisky lovers. Nevertheless, if you never liked good Scotch and it is expecting a fruity Barley Wine, don't pour it in the drain, simply don't open the bottle and send it to my address. We'll both be thankful.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to the individual (hit me up if this was you so I can give proper credit!) who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, citrus, and smoky hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Holy smokey Barleywine Batman!!! This was not at all what I was expecting, but I rather enjoyed it. The smokey flavor worked really well in this brew, but it did rob a lot from the typical Barleywine flavor and aroma profile. The aroma was smokey as crap which pretty much dominated the nose. At least the flavor allowed a little citrus to come through before smoking out your palate. I liked it... If you like smoke get this one your palate. If not, avoid at all costs.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.7/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet oak and a small whiskey like smell. On the taste, oaky, whiskey, and a touch of rye. A small bite, but mainly smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small whiskey like aftertaste. A nice whiskey presence, a very nice beer for a sipper.

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Photo of AgentZero
1.74/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I'm going to assume the name of this beer is a reference to one of the kickass raps of my time by Snoop Dog. Listen to "Bitch Please 2", it's da shiznit. The beer unfortunately, is an insult to the song.

A - Reddish colored beer with an off-white head that faded to a slight ring and left some minor stick on the sides.

S - Well BrewDog has done it again! Albeit, this time with a hand from FFF apparently. Smells like vulcanized rubber and exceptionally cheap, peaty Scotch whiskey. Horrible. I think there might be some hops in there.

T - Tastes just as bad as the nose, except you can throw some permanent marker and iodine into the tires and peat. I don't know how BrewDog (and now FFF I guess) keeps throwing this stuff into bottles because it sucks so bad.

M - Medium bodied, a little dry, moderate carbonation.

O - I don't know why people keep doing this. All it does is piss off the consumer and makes me not want to by things from BrewDog. Bitch Please pour this down the drain.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 19-03-2016

Beer is a dark, cloudy brown. A bit swampy. Small off-white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Lots of toffee and caramel malt in the nose, along with some oak.

Like the nose, the taste has boatloads of toffee and caramel, but is accompanied with lots of peat and smoke. Noticeable booze. Oak and whisky there as well. Tonnes going on but it is really all a bit much. Overload and nothing subtle about it. Not exactly a well integrated bunch of flavours.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, syrupy. A fair bit of alcohol burn.

Overall, some nice aspects but it is a bit too extreme.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnished red colour, vibrant up to the light. Head is beige, nicely packed together but dissipates to look a bit whispy. Lace is clingy and pleasant. Looks good.

Woah, massive smoke to that. Peaty and bacony with a meaty woody note. Slightly salty as well., but a very decent hop aromatic just taming the wild smoke beast. Touch of peanut, citrus and pine wood. Very nice.

Taste is intriguing; very nutty and woody. Big smoke grows from the front which is quite a caramelly malty front, then peaty and smokey and bacony notes dominate up to mid-palate. The back, where it all culminates, is all charred wood, with solid burnt pine and oak, and a slight malty caramelly touch of peanut and pine nut. Very woody, with a touch of side sweetness. Idiosyncratic and very interesting. Also, it's genuinely more than I gave it credit for, that sweetness is cracking.

Full, drying as it goes through. A bit ashy on the back, both palate and texture. Kind of has the texture of an ashtray, in the best possible way.

Yeah, is it an everyday beer? No. Should it be? Yes. People should train their palates to enjoy this kind of weird, challenging, virtually undrinkable snuff as their go-to drink.

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