beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin beige head. Intriguing, interesting aroma of salty, smoked herring and caramel. Flavor of salty, smoked herring and caramel. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. It’s not the best of barley wines, but it has to be the most original!
MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Toffee and smoke nose -- not much of hops at this point. You can definitely taste the herring in this one.
I had much more elaborate notes on this one. I lost them, but I’ll certainly buy another one soon enough. I’m also bottle-aging one of them right now, and I MIGHT edit all this in a few years. The label says that one has a pretty good aging potential.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Toffee and golden raisin nose. Lightly sweet, lots of caramel/toffee, some bread dough, golden raisins, iced tea. Slightly astringent finish, over steeped tea.
godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle. pours a mahogany copper colour with a nice white head that leaves tons of lacing. aroma is spicy and smoky. very nice. taste is also very smoky, but in a good way. lots of caramel and toffee notes. full bodied, and thick on the palate. this is an unbelievable beer. i might even like it more than their Corne de Brume.
nimbleprop (7176) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle at the DC Local tasting. Pours a transparent copper amber with a cloudy beige head. Aroma is smokey peat, caramel sugar. Flavor is smoke, wood, metal. Finish is full bodied with lasting smoke. Weird.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
341ml bottle, shared. Crystal clear body with minimal white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, orange, some alcohol, grape. Taste is sweet, caramel, some plum/raisin, light vinous. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.
Travlr (20907) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of Lenny at the DC local tasting. Dark copper color. Aroma of licorice. Taste has malt, caramel, and a slightly bitter finish. Pretty unremarkable.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBWG 2010- shared by goldtwins. Pours a medium amber and thin head. Fruity aroma, caramel toffee, sweet oxidation, sharp crystal, smoke, porky, meaty, soy with hairy dog and honey sweetness- a bit of funk and a bit off. Flavor is meaty, smoked ham, a touch woody, more earthy wet dog hair, sweet tea, earth, honey molasses and brown sugar- medicinal and bandaid as it warms unfortunately.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma smells a bit rotten. Smoke and some sweetness. Flavor is smoke and burnt caramel.
TheJester (2443) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 mL bottle from Jovi in Gatineau. Bottled October ’09. (Love the warning: "May contain traces of smoked herring!") Almost clear amber orange in colour with a small, sticky, orange-beige head. Not your typical Barley Wine aroma - it smells malty, but it’s more one dimensional cereal malty, and there is no suggestion of malt or alcohol. Or smoke. The flavour is more interesting, however. The smoke is there, as is some significant alcohol. I’m probably just imagining the herring. The body is a little thin, though, for the style, and the malt is still pretty one dimensional. Still no hops. Maybe some age would help this one.