Smiling Samoyed Poppet

Smiling Samoyed

Published March 24, 2016

Be honest. If someone told you they were going to serve you a beer called Poppet, you'd be inclined to expect something light and delicate, fruity maybe. If they told you it was named after a pet Samoyed, that would only send you further down that road. Yet the annual Poppet release from South Australia's Smiling Samoyed is anything but light, delicate, fluffy and fruity.

Instead, it's another of brewers Simon and Kate's forays into the world of malt, something they've done so well in the past with their trophy-winning Dark Ale and last year's enjoyable seasonal ESB. This one is the largest of the lot, a strong brown ale that declares itself as a veritable mountain of malts from the moment you pop the top (complete with Samoyed smiling back atcha).

There's all manner of rich toffee and cake batter action within its chestnut brown liquid, plenty of sweet dried fruit too. The alcohol does poke its nose through, although not with any attendant off-putting heat, while there's a toasty bitter denouement that keeps the mountainous malts from becoming cloying.

Strong Brown Ale
60 IBU

Smiling Samoyed brewery

Select beer venues, mainly in SA

Smiling Samoyed

48 Main South Rd
SA 5202

(08) 8558 6166
Regular events

Live music every Sunday 1pm to 4pm

Open Hours

Mon to Thurs: 12pm to 4pm
Fridays: 11am to late, serving dinner
Sat & Sun: 11am to 6pm
Most public holidays: 12pm to 4pm


Tours available with prior booking