Embrasse Peated Oak Aged | Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by crnipeter on 10-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
81
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
22.63%
 
 
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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep copper/ruby pour with a thick, lomglasting head.

Extremely complex and intense nose of sherry, pralines in cream, huge peat, overripe dark fruit (figs, dates, raisins) walnuts, toffee, vanilla and oak, and earthy hops.

Nice lacing, and a very heavy, almost syrupy body that delivers a mouth-coating finish.

Taste is even more complex with all of the above plus raisins and even bleu cheese. This beauty reminds me of NC Old Stock Ale if it had been aged on peated oak. Absolutely my new, hands down favorite smoked beer.

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Photo of arollins
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer at ZBF 2012, it was the winner of the 2011 edition. Turns out this is the last year of this brew, as they will no longer be able to get the oak barrels used for it. It seems that their supplier were sold to another company. I bought 4 of them with me. It is soo good, goes down smooth. I certainly recommend it to everyone.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

found this at josephs beverage center in toledo. props jo.

brown with amber highlights. light brown head. good retention fair lacing. slight haze.

yeasty phenols. strong peat aroma. very malty. no hop aroma.

very malty. very peaty. very rich. subtle hop bitterness in finish. tastes alot like scotch but with alot more body.

warming. rich. viscous. good carbonation.

deliciuos. strong. peaty. a winter warmer? character might be improved with some aging.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A prestigiously looking red paper-wrapped bottle of Embrasse matured on oak barrels used to contain whiskey.
Pours hazed reddish dark brown body overlayered by dense tan head with good retention and stickage. This is an excellent example of aging on peated whiskey casks: aroma of dried cherries and raisins interplays with that of a chocolaty-bredy malt and you are blown away by wisely judged amount of strongly peated whisky. The flavor correspond to the nose and although the soft carobonated body is creamy, finish remains dry. Simmilar and distinguished from its older brother (Embbrasse) by strong peat notes.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

660ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottle Number: 1597
Bottled on Date: 27 June 2011 - good for 5 years

I absolutely adore peated whiskey and BSDA are one of my favorite styles of beer, therefore in theory this one should be delicious - I hope I am right.

Appearance: The beer looks dark brown in the glass, however a back light reveals it to in fact be a shade of deep crimson with glowing amber edges. A rough pour yields a large cream coloured head that displays good retention and even coats the glass in sheets of thick lace as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Wow, this smells divine! The initial nose is comprised almost entirely of peat with notes of campfire smoke, salty sea spray, earthy black soil, salt cured fish and hints of moss and iodine. After a little while the base BSDA character begins to emerge from behind the peaty whiskey with notes of chocolate, figs, plums, prunes, dark raisins, sweet dark cherries, dark caramel, pecan nuts and a light dusting of spices (nutmeg and cinnamon). As the beer approaches room temperature, the spiced dark fruit character increases and some oak barrel character is noted.

Taste: As in the nose, the initial sip is almost entirely peat with distinct campfire (light ashy character), sea spray, damp earth and a hint iodine all noted. The base BSDA character does not develop as fully as in the nose, however is still easily noted underneath the layers of smokey peat. Dark chocolate, figs, plums, prunes, dark raisins, nuts and nutmeg are all noted. As the beer warms a hint of the 10% is noted, however over the alcohol coverage is superb. The finish is lingering, displays a whiskey-like dryness and has a distinct ashy quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, with a moderate level of soft carbonation - bang on for the style in my opinion.

Overall: This peated, oak aged version of Embrasse is absolutely stunning - the combination of smokey peat and sweet, spiced dark fruits is a masterpiece. Highly recommended for any lover of all things peaty! I am certainly going to have to get a few more bottles of this!

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Photo of John_M
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during their Belgian fest...

The beer pours a reddish brown color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose on this beer is rich and sweet, showcasing brown sugar, chocolate and a hint of smoke. On the palate, this stuff is delicious! There is considerable brown sugar and chocolate, but there's also a boatload of underlying peat and smoke, some noticeable whiskey flavor and even a hint of sour on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, sweet, smoke filled finish. The smoke tends to balance the sweetness in this beer, which enhances its drinkability I thought. The beer is a bit on the boozy side, but not overly so, and is pretty much perfect for the style I thought.

Just an all around excellent beer and easily one of the best "smoke" beers I've ever tasted. Good stuff!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

660 ml bottle, bottled November 2011, bottle #4316. The card attached to the bottle says this was aged in Connemara Whiskey casks. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with an inch tan head that stays around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like dark fruit, peat/smoke, caramel, and some sweet spices. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like peat/smoke, dark fruit, dark bread, and some dark chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good overall brew. Even at $14.99 a bottle, I'd certainly buy this again in the future.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-fles nr.: No 1914 27 JUN 2011

I reviewed this beer in Feb. 12 (bottle 0006) but I do not see it here on BA so I am reviewing it again

Bare bottle wrapped in red paper with, “Peated Whiskey Cask Special Edition – matured on oak whisky barrels” There are 2 different spellings of whisky on the paper wrapper. The spelling of “whisky” usually implies scotch barrels. This is the peated oak (the non-peated oak is wrapped with black/dark blue paper and has the standard Embrasse label on the bottle.) A paper tag with beer info has a this beer at 10% ABV

Pours a cloudy light brownish/red. A healthy 2 finger tan head tops the beer that recedes leaving heavy lacing. Smells mostly of beautiful peat and a tad of smoke straight from wonderful Islay. Deep roasted malts, booze, and a tad of overly ripe dark fruits are also present in the nose. First sip is quite creamy but let there be no question the dominate flavor here is the welcomed Islay whisky that is upfront leading the charge. I am blown away by this beer thanks to the amazing peated whisky and the smoooth creamy mouthfeel. WoW – this is so damn good.

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Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks legit from the start, a head four fingers tall forming a bit, thick tan crown and sitting there for a while. It rests on top of a deep, rich red-brown brew that pours not as dark but nearly as thickly as some big RIS's or imperial stouts. A thick ring of lacing is left toward the top and some patchy lacing follows beneath it as it recedes further.
I love peat, and this beer delivers. The alcohol in here isn't meant to be masked, but to be a part of the style, and it delivers the whiskey character I hoped for. There's also a heavy underlying sweetness to it and smoke from the peat in a heavily malt base. Notes of dark barley-like grains that are part of the overall element are foundational here. While sweet, it's also got a woody dryness to it, making it all the more complex and balanced.
Smoke, heavy peat presence, big malts, and alcohol, along with the impression that this is very nearly a whiskey, are all here. Taking big sips or gulping this beer will make it seem too sweet. It's clearly brewed to be sipped and slowly savored; when it is, the sweetness melds with it all very, very nicely. The oak also dries it while adding just a touch of wood into the overall flavor profile. I'd love to get another bottle and put some age on it, then see how it all works together.
The feel is crisp in a medium body, and somewhat smooth. It's semi-dry, being sweet but balanced in the feel as well as the rest of it by the wood.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A shallow, long-lasting, creamy beige head leaves a fine coating of lace above an old copper beer with a clear ruby glow when put to the light. Viscosity leaves legs on the wall of a Stone snifter.

A light smokiness adds a pleasant surprise to this otherwise earthy beer with light fruit notes. Fruit includes cherries and dried figs with a backdrop of fresh, moist whole wheat bread.

The smoke and cherries immediately come out while lots of oak and woody flavor lingers in the background. Also in the background, one will find some whisky infused flavors, rich bittersweet chocolate and prunes. There is a sharp bitterness up front that returns only mildly in the short finish.

Full body with a smooth soft jersey texture, soft carbonation and slightly warming alcohol.

This is an outstanding sipping beer to be enjoyed while reading or during contemplation. Actually it is a fine choice for any activity that exercises one’s mind. I enjoyed it on a cold, rainy, April day.

This is a wonderful interpretation of the BSDA style. Embrasse is filled with character that progresses throughout the session and is definitely worth seeking out for another bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy root beer brown color with just an OK head that quickly fades leaving plenty of dots of lacing behind

Smell: Rich toffee tones meld with smoked peat; fig and dates add depth

Taste: This is a beer that must warm to room temperature to reveal all of its elements and once it does, the smoked peat flavors open and close the flavor parade; along the route, the toffee, fig and date flavors build into the middle and the barrel intrudes, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: At cooler temperatures I was having a hard time picking up the whisky barrel and smoked peat elements but then all of the sudden, as the beer warmed, they came through in a big way - there are rewards to enjoy with this brew for those who wait

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a finger of dense off white foam.

S: Peat pairs with moderate caramel and toffee sweetness and some bready malts.

T: Peat smoked scotch is far and away dominant in the flavor with light caramel sweetness in the background. I get some dark fruits and more caramel as I continue to sip, but this beer never becomes sweet. The scotch flavor continues to stay dominant, but becomes more balanced with the developing sweetness. I get some spiciness that I'd normally get in a BDSA, but it's a bit hard to find behind the scotch. This spiciness builds as the beer warms. Very tasty, but far from being to style.

M: Quite thick with strong, appropriate carbonation.

O: A tough beer to review, I really like the scotch flavor paired with the toffee sweetness and slight spiciness. However, it's certainly not a typical BDSA and it's a bit tough to analyze the base beer with such a strong scotch component. Either way, it's delicious.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

660 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 5/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cocoa, peat smoke, dark bread, toasted oak, leather, vanilla, pepper, light nuttiness, and oak/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and scotch barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, peat smoke, cocoa, dark bread, toasted oak, leather, vanilla, pepper, brine, light nuttiness, and oak/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of yeast/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes if raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, peat smoke, cocoa, leather, pepper, brine, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and scotch barrel flavors; with a great malt/oak/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/saline, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic scotch barrel aged Belgian strong dark ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and scotch barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DARIVA
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant cherry red ale with a beautiful head.

S: Sweet, slightly sour, silt and peat smell.

T: Silt, peat, hops and slightly bitter taste.

M: Good ratio, light foam feel.

O: Very good taste show where the Connemara whisky is easily recognizable.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma has dried fruits, figs mostly, dark malts and dark sugar. Taste has also lots of dark, dried fruits, bittersweet taste, slightly roasted malts and dark sugar. Body is heavy and well carbonated. Really nice overall, not very peated, just enough to make it more interesting.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2012. Pretty happy to have come across this bottle.

Beer is very dark brown. Small beige head, dissipates pretty quickly, leaving just some bubbles and film.

Peat and smoke upfront in the nose. Oak there as well. Caramel, dark fruit. Fruit is subdued by the peat and oak.

Peat and oak also upfront in the taste, but not quite as intensely. Dark fruit flavours, but not particularly sweet. Whisky. Flavours are very well mixed together.

Full bodied, low carbonation. Smooth. Alcohol noticeable but not overly.

Overall, very good.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Max's. Peat smoked and oak aged. I can't, legally, pass that up.

A: The strong ale is dark, a deep brown color ratcheted up by the deep depths of Max's.

S: Peat smoke and plenty of it. The strong ale has the aromas of sea salt and boggy fens deep in its very soul. The Belgian body, thick, manages to peak out occasionally. The oak barrel aging, evident with woodiness, doesn't have the same oomph due to the peat.

T: More peat, the smoke permeating the ale. This isn't a Bamberger richness; the peat subtler with plenty of sea salt adding depth. The oak barrel adds wooden strength without the sweetness that normally accompanies oak. The flavor, the whisky body, is nearly on par with JW Lee's Lagavulin. Spices, the provenance of Belgian beer, hang around under the surface with thick quad-like flavors of brown sugar and dark malts. Very intriguing and one of the best offerings.

M: You need to like whisky in order to appreciate the intense flavors, the smoke and the salt, the barrel and the quad. Impressive all the way around.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up on my honeymoon this past spring while in. Belgium. Saved it until today to enjoy after finishing a semester of business school.

The beer pours a very dark almost black. Nice ruby red highlights at the edges. Very clear when held up to the light. Tan colored head dissipates to a thick collar. Very rich malty scent with a strong influence of the Islay whisky barrels even long after the September 2013 bottling date. Very pleasant leather and smoke tones. Slightly spiced scent as well. Slight nuttiness.

First sip gives a very strong whisky impression. Reminiscent of Lagavulin. Peaty smoke with an imagined briney character. The malt is there as well to create a full rich flavor. Slightly nutty finish. The smokiness is upfront more than it was in the scent. Very rich flavor and complex. Mouthfeel has that traditional Belgian liveliness of carbonation. Somewhat lighter in body than anticipated.

Overall a very complex and flavorful beer. Very unique and typical of the Belgian approach to creating great beer that is difficult to place in a well defined style category.

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Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice rootbeer-esc type hue with a light mocha head that faded rather quickly and left nice lacing.

S - Super faint on the peat here. Nice toffee though and some malty dark fruit type sweetness.

T - Taste is similar, not too too peaty, light toffee notes and smoke. Solid barrel notes.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. Helps keep this from feeling heavy or thick.

O - Overall, a solid beer. I've seen this on the shelves, it would be tough to drop $25 on a bottle of this though.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Local Option.

Peated barrels? Yeah, I'm surely turning that down... Get some! This stuff pours something close to obsidian topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises smoked salmon (you know, that sorta/kinda chlorinated smoke that naturally comes from a lot of peat, but this time it's brinier, saltier, in a good way), with some light roasted malt character shining through somewhat dimly (but it's still shining, dammit!). The taste pretty much reprises this recipe, leaving a smoke-fiend like me more than satisfied. Granted there ain't much else to it, especially in the way of Belgian-ness, but I couldn't care less in this case. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, if you like peat smoke character in your beer, you're gonna enjoy this one. Sure, it would be awesome if there were more dimensions to things, but when things are done this right, you don't care enough. Good times.

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Photo of stcules
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, with some dark ruby edges. A veil of beige foam.
Strongly peated smell. Then maltiness, light caramel, dried fruit.
Pleasant taste, too, again a strong peated note, but not heavy and boring. A bit of alcohol, ok.
Quite strong dry fruit (nuts, hazelnut), and a good intense bitterness in the aftertaste, quite long. Again peated.
Good.

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Photo of headbucket
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a nice dark brown with light tan head ontop

S:strong smell of scotch, with light smoke, heavier peat,finishing with sweet maltiness.

T: heavy on the peat, dark and sweet fruits, a little smoke, and the spicy-yeast flavor that is common in belgians. The alcohol becomes more apparent and hangs around in the aftertaste once it has warmed along with some bitterness. The heaviness of the peat and alcohol at this point detracts a bit here.

M:smooth and filling. Carbonation is not too high.

O: never having had the base beer, unfortunately, its hard to judge what the beer brings versus what the barrel adds. With that said, this is a rather intriguing beer and worthy of a 4 I believe. This beer goes through a ton of changes as it warms, I was almost questioning if they labeled this beer wrong, slapping the peated whisky cask sticker on a regular bottle. There were almost no scotch characteristics at first, and no apparent alcohol heat.as it warmed the peatiness and alcohol heat came to the front and became the main flavors.
I found I preferred this a little colder than other big beers,as the alcohol heat and peatiness was supressed a bit.
That being said, this is a 9% beer aged in scotch barrels,so I knew what I was in for, and you should too.
I would say a definite must try for scotch lovers and barrel-aged whatever lovers.
Price was a bit steep at $15 for 22oz, but a very well made beer and the first I have come acoss aged in scotch barrels. I will probably pick up one more to throw in the cellar for a few years and see what this is like once it settles down a bit.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Max's Belgian Beer Fest

Deep brown pour with a nice light brown head. Very nice lacing is left by whatever head sticks around. The smell is so interesting. Basically smells like a slow roasted meal. Meat, roast, charred malts. Reminds me of my cottage. Man this tastes a lot like a rauchbier. Bacon, a ton of roast, per, oak, booze. Can't tell what beer lays underneath the peat. It's crazy how many flavors come through. Heavy body, decently carbonated. A little too roasty which hurts the drinkability. This was unique. Glad I tried it, would skip again though.

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4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich with peated flavor but light on true smoke, the masculine aura of lavish scotch whisky and fine cigar seduce the palate with ale sweetness and savory satisfaction.

Its tawny amber pour glistens upon the pour- looking the part of brandy or port as much as it does ale. As its light carbonation pulls from its pits and simmers on its surface delicately. With little retention or lace to amount or to remain, its whisky influence becomes readily apparent.

Malty richness of caramel, honey and butterscotch embark on the nose first, just ahead of the scent of scorched earth. Its highly fragrant perfume is of cedar, pepper, acorn, tobacco and delicate leather comes hot on the heels of the barley sweetness and mesmerizes the senses.

As its gentle sweetness of butterscotch coats the palate, its buffer of biscuit and pistachio brittle keeps the full brunt of smoke at bay. But alas, the rich taste of heavy peat and oaken whisky sinks into the taste buds like mesquite, cedar-plank grilled meats and maduro. Its nutty and earthen flavor finishes with mild ash, smoldering embers and spicy peppercorn.

Lighter than expected in body, the beer's slight oily viscocity latches onto the mouth with its lingering sweetness and continues to protect it from the onslaught of smoke and spice. Yet as the ale lifts, an arid and ashy finish transpires and somehow keeps the ale drinkable.

Simply put- this is a smoky beer- and adverse reaction to scotch whisky to be enough to repel this beer. But for those who find favor in fragrant cigars, barbecue and dry scotch whisky should go ahead and put this beer on your wish-list.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip Poured a murky reddish brown with a one finger khaki colored head that subsided to a half finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, banana, wood, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, wood, sweet alcohol, banana, bread, and smoke. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There were quite a lot of things going on in this one if I am honest. The smokiness on this one really a nice touch on this one to bring out a lot of various aspects. The flavor and aroma was spot-on for the style, but it also incorporated just that little bit of extra that really made me appreciate this one. An absolute must try if you get the opportunity.

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