RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear copper with a rapidly dissipating head. Big caramel aroma with some smokiness. Flavor is sweet but not cloying, with a nice, savory smokey note to it.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - 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 (303) - 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 (4869) - 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 (11530) - 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 (11812) - 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 (5077) - 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) - Woodridge NY, 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.