daleharshman (918) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle purchased a year and a half ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($16.99). Pours a nice red-garnet hue with one finger of beige foam. AROMA of rauch, old leather, sticky dark fruit, thick maple syrup, caramel, and a hint of booze. FLAVOR of thick caramel/toffee, honey, maple syrup, mellower smokiness than the nose, candied fruit, butterscotch, and a noticeable amount of booze. Finishes moderately dry with some lingering sweetness and warming alcohol. Rather sweet...thought not quite cloying, it could be toned down a little bit. The age may have heightened the smoke here, but as it warmed up the smoke was less intense and the maple came out much more in the nose and flavor. The big booze in this one is a little odd from Alesmith, a brewery that excels at making giant beers with no perceptible alcohol. (109, 811)
JPDurden24 (1594) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber pour with lots of smoke, toffee and maple. There is plenty of booziness with light smoke and some balanced bitterness. Pretty damn tasty.
Jesterdeal (1923) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at phillybeerscene bottle share. Aroma is sweet and smokey like mesquite (but tamer). Nice malty profile. Pours brown red with slight lacing. Taste is very pleasant. The smoke has faded into a pleasant balance of campfire and maple sugar. Overall, nice and meaty with some sweet bbq. Understated but good.
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Cloudy brown with beige froth. Nose is caramel, light smoke and raisin. Medium body with a tang. Taste is caramel, smoke; just the perfect touch of smoke; hints of maple with a slight touch of grass. Great hybrid.
mcberko (6692) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, pours an opaque, murky dark mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out light notes of smoke, medium maple, some caramel and dark fruits. Flavour brings out low-to-medium notes of smoke, moderate maple, lots of caramel and dark fruits. The smoke and maple, which initially set off alarm bells for me, are not too overbearing - they are well-situated. Dry smoky palate with a perfect amount of sweetness. Iím glad I waited more than a year to open this, as Iím sure the maple and smoke is better integrated than at bottling. Still, not my favourite flavours, but or what it is, itís great.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, honey, light gingerbread, pine, dark fruit, and toffee. Flavor of caramel, toffee, honey, oak, maple, and brown sugar.
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4th September 2012
Cloudy red - brown beer, big pale cream coloured head. Smooth palate, almost silky. Semi dry. Creamy malt, a little toffee. Smooth aniseed alcohol, no heat. Subtle sweetness. Very subtle smoke. Whisper of spicy bubblegum ester. Semi dry finish. Pretty drinkable.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Cloudy brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, maple, oak, smoke, vanilla, caramelized malts, brown sugar, citrus hops, some booze.
T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, maple, oak, smoke, vanilla, dark fruit, caramelized malts, brown sugar, citrus hops, touch of hop bitterness, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a smokey, sweet, and warming finish.
D - Great barleywine. The maple and smoke are at just the right level.
SudsMcDuff (5863) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i have enjoyed the decadenceís before, but maple and smoked? iím in .. . light bacon, syrup, maple, and boozy pancake syrup .. . tan gold on pour .. mild foam .. . an easy one to just sit and get lost in .. . . hey, that kangaroo stole my ball!
budznsudz (561) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany pour, thick yellowish white head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, vanilla extract, and fussil alcohol. Taste is rich smokey malt, candied pecans, syrup, and mild hops. Nice combination of hops and smoke with an earthy presence in the background.