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Beer – #813 – Mike’s – Loch n’ Lode

Mike’s Beer Loch n’ Lode (Scottish Wee Heavy) – from the #GABS16 pack. Onto the second half of the beers, having got the sours out of the way.

…you know it’s going to be good…. 

This is a 330ml bottle of a beer that is 8% ABV, which is 240 calories a serve size, this is a bottle with two standard drink units worth of beer in it.

Brewed by Mike’s Brewery this on in the style that is  Smoked and they are in Taranaki, New Zealand

New Haircut and New Beer.

New Haircut and New Beer.

When a beer is inspired by a heavily peated Islay Single Malt Whisky, you know it’s going to be good. 

Gear up for the mother lode of malts as this brew has 11 different grains in it.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Lovely presentation of a beer with a gold foil and some highlights on the table, I’m not sure I can cram another cap in the cap jar, but I’ll try.

There is a bang of malt aroma on this, and a fair whiff of smokiness, also I thought it smelt something like milk chocolate. Mostly the smoke thing though. Something I think is clever in a beer.

It’s a deep mirror like dark brown with a lovely head that is also tinged brown. Looks brilliant. Almost but not quite too good to drink

Rich aroma in the glass, there is certainly a lot of malt sugar in this, it’s almost like a barley wine or Tripel in a steeped fruits way.

Mikes Loch 'n LodeShut up! This is brilliant beer, lovely bitter burst, with a great smoked note and full mouthfeel, lovely finish with a kick of sweet and lingering taste. Gosh.

This isn’t a beer that is driven but the Peated smoke, like say the Yeastie Boys Rex, and there is more of that smoke than some smoked beers I’ve had, although I haven’t had a lot. This has a lot of malt to carry the peat note and the smoke bits and delivers the whole very well and I had not problem smiling. A lot. ‘

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. A lovely bit of bearing this by the people at Mike’s. I hope that they get through their problem and pop out the other end with more of this.  Lovely bitter, lovely smoked, nice finish that is dry but not destroying, and overall a lovely drinking bit of work.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The #GABS2016 pack from Liquirland.
  • Am I enjoying it? It is wonderful beer, everyone should enjoy it.
  • Would I have another? I would. No hesitation.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I would too, this is less invasive or difficult than some smoked or seated beers, and has a big malt carry. I really like it, I’m sure that I could persuade you that it’s worth drinking.

Music for this: ” Dire Straits” with their album ” Dire Straits”  Spotify link is here, But I had the record player working for a change.  I bet you thought “Sultans of Swing” which is on the album but it’s full of the good things .

On the Vinyl machine

On the Vinyl machine


The classic smoked beers hail from Bamberg in Franconia, Germany. These are made using malt that has been smoked over beechwood. The insistent smokiness may be applied to any lager style. In North America, the same technique has been used to make smoked porter. Whiskey malt beers are made using peat-smoked malt.


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