A few posts back I introduced everyone to the 8 Wired Big Smoke. For those of you with short attention spans, it was a smoked porter that was actually quite tasty stuff, with just enough smoke flavour to distinguish the brew from your run-of-the-mill porters.
And in a few posts time I will introduce everyone to the Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 (a beer aged in 12-year old whiskey casks), and one that finishes with a healthy kick of whiskey flavour.
Now, each of these beers uses the smoked/whiskey flavours as an additive – in terms of it adding extra flavour to the existing beer. I thought this was how it worked with everyone.
Turns out I was wrong.
So, so wrong.
I chanced upon a bottle of the Yeastie Boys Rex Attitude, which claimed to be a smoked strong golden ale. I then examined the label more closely, and partook in the spiel on the side.
“They said it couldn’t be done, that it would be undrinkable, that we couldn’t use more than 5% heavy peated malt in a beer. So we carefully considered their advice and went with 100% instead”.
(On a side note, there’s a T-Rex on the label. Big bonus points there).
With the aforementioned claims in mind I opened the bottle with slight trepidation. It pours a pale golden colour (off to a good start then, living up its claims of being a strong golden ale).
I lifted the glass up to my mouth, and *BAM*.
Basically this beer is an 8% carbonated single malt peat-smoked whiskey. The amount of smokiness, peatiness, burnt-woodiness is quite difficult to comprehend on the first few swigs.
Gradually my taste-buds adapted somewhat to this powerful brew, but even still, the smoke/whiskey characters remain intense.
In short, a completely outrageous beer. Be brave. Give this one a go.