The best thing about craft beer tasting is the unexpected surprises. Those odd times when brewers have tried something different – a new flavour or method to give the beer a little something extra to make it stand out from the crowd.

However, not everyone can get it right (of course, some people might love things that I don’t – which is fine – but these are My Beer Notes, not theirs!)

The Edinburgh Beer Factory has merged bavarian wheat beer with a smokiness similar to that of an Islay whisky.

I was hopeful because I’m also an avid whisky fan and enjoyed both Glenfiddich and Jameson’s IPA style whisky’s.

However, it doesn’t seem to work as well the other way around. This was revolting! After the first sip I felt like I’d had a fag, my mouth was full of light wheat ale with a smokiness that just didn’t blend well on the palate.

Innis and Gunn have also tried a bourbon style beer and there are various German Smoke beers which you can try if you like this. But Moo strips went down the plug after 4 labourous gulps.


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