StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 750 ml bottle from the brewery. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a medium beige head that has fair retention. The aroma is soft with sweet roasted malts and a small bit of smoke. The flavor features ample nutty malts, plums, sourdough bread and maple. There is a smattering of hot alcohol in the taste as well. The mouthfeel is rich and full with lively carbonation. Finishes very long with lingering subtle sweet maple. Overall: I found this a bit hot around the edges, and I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of smoke. Those quibbles aside, this is a really good brew. End note-- having worked my way through the whole bottle I found the smoke flavor more distinctive with the trub at the end bottle. Iím thinking that some settling has occurred and fans of smoke may want to agitate/remix their bottles prior to drinking and the anti-smoke crowd will want to take care not to disturb the lees and trub.
alobar (3224) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy copper color with a soapy white head. Aroma of toffee, butterscotch, smoke, and alcohol. Sweet flavor with toffee, butterscotch, peat, and some alcohol. Very nice.
drsordr (1744) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour lightly hazy copper with thin ecru head. Nose light smoke, peat, bacon, and some sweet malt, maple and grape. Taste moderate bitter bite up front, then toffee, and hint of smoke. Light spicy finish. Expected more smoke and maple in the flavor.
GenDV138 (4121) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3 oz bottle pour at ChurchKey. 2011 vintage. Dark amber with beige head. Aromas of light smoke, caramel, dark fruit, light booze. Tastes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Medium body with a dry finish.
vyvvy (5015) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared at a tasting at douglas88 place (sorry Iím not giving props to who brought it - canít remember) - pours reddish amber with a tan head. The aroma has smoke, toffee, brown sugar, maple sweetness, richness and some berries. It has a full rich chewy body with soft carbonation. The taste starts with maple, heavy toast, caramel, toffee, English yeast, wood and some oxidation. The finish is woody and grainy. Quite nice.
kermis (8085) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Pours cloudy brown with a small tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, sweet malt, light spice, booze. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A little disappointing and one dimensional, expected more from this.
Maakun (2056) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2015 Bottle shared thanks to Kermis. Hazy dark amber with some little things floating around. Lots of sweet malts, sugars, butterscotch, yeast, bitter herbs, maybe some light smoke, toffee, dried peach. Over medium sweet with alcoholic bitter finish. Full bodied, with low carbonation and the body just dissoves in your mouth. Weird beer, not too bad but a bit one dimensional.
Scotty001 (474) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of a barley wine with toffee. Full body, flavour as the aroma, quite flat, flavour of the toffee, lightly fruity.
deanso (7199) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
Thin creamy off white head. very hazy amber pour. Sweet alcohol taste
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy clear amber with legs but no head. Aroma is big, spicy, yeast, malt, moderate smoke, alcohol heat. Flavor is dense malt smoke, earthy dense hops, meaty finish. Feel is thin with a little heat. So well constructed and could age longer.
Sarlacc83 (1542) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from long ago. I forget where I purchased it; probably Belmont Station.
A: Dark mahogany thatís near to black. Creme colored foam head. Some lacing.
N: Maple syrup, smoke, caramel, vanilla, some cocoa, more smoke resulting in whiffs of bacon, hint of black peppercorn, earth, and a rounding out of pine.
T: Smoky, bitter, and sweet commingled together in elegant proportion.
M: Medium body, foamy prickling carbonation, alcohol is well-hidden.
O: Tasty mixture of maple syrup and smoked barleywine. The maple adds the type of complexity to this that something like Canadian Breakfast Stout is missing. Excellent beer; I expect that this has mellowed quite a bit.