Benzai (9575) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at RBBSG. Slightly unclear red color, small off-white head. Smell malts, slightly bacon, slightly smoke, slightly alcohol and slightly sweet. Taste malts, a lot of alcohol, some sweetness, a hint of smoke. Medium body, medium carbo.
Niko100 (2162) - Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoky sweet malt, caramel/toffee, & some dark fruit; Flavor of roasted/smoky sweet malt, caramel, molasses/maple syrup, spicy hops, and dark fruit; Finish is slightly bitter with some alcohol; Nicely balanced; Overall, well crafted - but just ok for me.
reggiedunlop (3402) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice clear amber/ruby with a medium tan head. Aroma has mild smoke...bacony with a touch of maple...light bitter/fruitiness underneath. Flavor is lightly boozy with nice smokiness...not as much maple...oaky/bitter. Mouthfeel is lt/medium with a smoky/bitter dry finish that warms and lingers.
tapthis (88) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown color with some haze to it. Has some smoke and sweet flavor to it. I was surprised about the malt taste (and honestly I don’t know why), but I thought it went well with the smoky/sweet taste this beer had
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from nick7/28/12.
rich coppery brown ....slight haze....off white head.
big whiff of gingersnap cookies, maple, sweet smoke, candy and a light fruity sourness.
the flavor is the same....oddly delicious but with a defined sourness as it warms.
full bodied...syrupy but spice and sour keep it drinkable.
marcus (7183) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours reddish copper with lots of floaties and a smoky fruit aroma. There is an attractive tan head and a very smoky caramel malt and treacle flavor.
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This may need more time. Smoke and maple are but extremely understated and what is left is a nearly-chalky barleywine. Nice sweetness and not over-hopped, however, and that makes this more typical than i would think. Not worth the price. At this time.
Steve_0 (3166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL on my balcony with Ryan, Eddie, and John, courtesy of Armin. Thanks man! Poured a hazy copper with an off-white head. Smell is bacon, maple, toffee, smoke, BBQ, and syrup. Taste is toffee, light banana, a hint of smoke, rauchy, caramel, maple syrup, and clove with a medium bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Much more smoky in the aroma than in the taste, pretty decent and suprising barleywine.
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Aromas of sweet sugary malts, brown sugar, earthy and herbal hops, and a hint of woodiness. Flavors were amazingly rich and complex, yet balanced. Elements of woody smokiness, tobacco, dried dates and figs were present along with the sweet rich dark malts. Lots of bitterness, but balanced by the soft and gentle sweetness. Very slick mouthfeel, but astringent finish. Overall a very big and complex beer.
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 from Wegman’s. Pours turbid ruby/Carolina mud colored with fizzy off-tan head. Nose is rauchy caramel malt, hops, fruit. Tastes very rauchy, somewhat sweet and caramel malty, with mapel syrup, mild hops and vinous fruit notes late. Decent, but falls a bit short as either a barleywine or a smoked beer.