This was my first attempt at making a smokey scotch influence lager. It was bottled October 16, 2011 and has aged wonderfully.
Scotch Cask Aged Peat Smoked Vienna Lager
Appearance: A honey brown color with a light tan head. It is cloudy, but It seems that the cask aging does this to every beer.
Nose: A slight smoke and malt nose. Very light and pleasant
Taste: A bread/malty beginning fading into smoke and malt. A very crisp finish with a smooth and distinct flavor. At about 6% ABV, this is a beer that can be easily drunk and well as sipped
Mouthfeel: High carbonation but very smooth
Overall: A great balanced beer with a very nice light body and just the right amount of smoke
Peat Smoked Vienna Lager
This is my second time brewing up this beer. I only use about 3 ounces of peat smoked malt and the rest of the grains is 100% Vienna malt. The sweetness from the malt and the richness of the smoke go hand in hand very nicely. I would try to dry this out just a bit more to really feel like this beer is perfect, but a damn good beer already!
Appearance: A yellowish head that hangs around for awhile. Perfectly clear with an amber copper color.
Nose: A sweet malty nose with only a trace smoke.
Flavor: A malty sweetness comes in the beginning of the taste and stays up front, with the smoke being present but restrained. A brown sugar taste underneath all the other flavors. Kind of hot from the high alcohol, which was above 8 %
Mouthfeel: A smooth, round flavor that leaves a smoke flavor sitting on the tongue
Overall: This was very nice, I am making this my official Rauch! 8.7/10