Maris (969) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 330ml bottle on 25/8/2013 (batch 103, BB March 18). Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a smallish head. Has a quite a strong aroma of caramel and toffee. This one is a huge malt bomb featuring caramel, toffee, butterscotch, nuts and toast. along with curious dash of fruitiness as well. The smoke is there but it’s quite subtle. Finishes off with a pronounced, almost medicinal, hop bitterness. This comes across as a very big beer, with the 11% quite evident. The palate is quite syrupy and the carbonation moderate. Not a subtle beer by any means, but there is a hell of a lot going on with it. A very full on, complex offering, which is unsurprising from these guys.
hawthorne00 (2375) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 14C. Clear bronze with a pale beige head that lasts well. Aroma of toffee, smokey honey, figs and other dried fruit, hazelnuts, spices, alcohol. Syrupy but with a very pleasing creaminess. Rather sweet and quite boozy, although only a little hot. Toffee, dried fruit, nuts and orange peel. Spices build and the finish is lightly smokey with spices and honey. Bitterness is fairly discreet. Not a graceful drop (maybe it will mellow) but there’s lots going on and it hangs together. 330ml is a lot of this - not that I’m getting tired of it, just that it’s a slow drinker.
ComradeK (992) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep copper, with a moderate off-white head, which does not last all that well but does leave good lacing. Savoury biscuit malt, spicy, fruity hops and a touch of smoke create the aroma. Spicy, peppery hops up front give way to a sweeter candied fruit flavour. Savoury nut and biscuit malt notes in the mid-palate blend with vanillin oak, with oak and smoke in the finish, which leaves a lingering warmth. This is quite a pleasant, flavoursome ale from a quality brewer.
MrFecesious (927) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Cloudy dark brown, minimal cap, but the tight bubbles cascade off the sides. Aroma is pungent raisin, vanilla, root, wood. Taste is much the same, but with peach, and hay. A late-comer smokey dryness peeks in, but not sustained. Pretty boozy, but for the most part, it's just big, deep malts that drive this beast.
alexsdad06 (5338) - Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz. bottle from Party Source. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a thin off white film. The aroma is a bit different; caramel, smoke, dark fruits, some citrus and booze. The flavor opens with caramel and smoke before giving way to more dark fruit, citrus hops, earth with a moderately woody and bitter finish. Some booze to this as well. It has a lot going on, but everything doesn’t always play nicely together.
DylansDad (300) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is thick and boozy with a lot of gooey, sweet malt and smoke, kind of like some kind of dessert made with whisky. Taste is same. A very warming drop, and if I were to drink it again it would be as a fireside whisky substitute.
omega (681) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark amber colour with little head. Sounds disgusting but the aroma reminds me of overripe banana - big rich and pungent. You can almost smell the sugar. I can understand why people have said barley wine. Palate is soft and cloying with good length. Can’t say I got much in the way of smokiness from this beer, but have to say it is one to savour.
Ferris (3067) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Roasted malts, some dark fruit and a little oak. Dark cloudy amber with a thin brown head. Lots of nice smoke, rich malts and oak. Big bitterness to match with a hop finish.. A great robust beer.
DuffMan (6552) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Medium amber, slightly hazy, with a mediocre head that rises reluctantly but does stay around. Aroma is malty and fruity, with light smoke and oak notes. Flavours of sweet malt (caramel, toast), light smoke (almost peaty), oaky vanilla, sweet jammy fruit, and light leather. A little chewy, the mouthfeel is quite thick. The finish is assertively bitter. Great balance of flavours that held loads of appeal for me. Barleywine territory - delicious.
Mattress63 (60) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big, bold and heavy. 330ml bottle from Archive. Pours dark colour with creamy yellow head, but seemed to diminish quickly. Pretty boozy and malty a bit like drinking liquid Vegemite, but it’s 8Wired so I did like. Much prefer Sorens IPA/2IPAs.