Sammy (11173) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cole’s Italian tasting. A smokey aroma, like a smoked. Dark smokey grey colour. A lot of lace though a thin head. Hard to drink, yes the scotch whiskey is prominent. Some sugar and honey which makes it sweetness into a sipper. A unique combination, and detracts from drinkability.
VertBaconStrips (2318) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - OCT 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased at Khory’s in Vegas.. or Henderson. Nice large, bubbly tan head on top of a soft chestnut coloured beer with decent retention. The aroma is interesting: chestnuts, plum, candy, similar to an English barley wine - comes across very fresh. The taste is really good, yum yum I will say. Mild dark fruit and warming, toffee, hint of smoke, weakest of chocolate and something similar to anise. Good carbonation, fresh, soft biscuity dryness on the finish. Big marks for the good use of chestnuts.
cgarvieuk (21584) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Cropredy from my GBBF haul ... deep opache redy orange ... sweet malty nose ... thin white head ... soft toffee malts ... sweet caramle ... peach and apricot ... little spice in linger.
Fin (9581) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle that I think Craig got from GBBF 2009 and shared with me in a field at Cropredy Festival, Oxon 15-08-09 Pours orangey/reddy with an off-white head. aroma is hoppy but with some caramel and am I getting nuts
or is that my just believing so given the name, there is also horse piss on the nose. Sweet, touch spicy, soft in mouthcheers, some caramel and hops its fine but not that great. Once again many thanks for sharing this Craig. A4 A3 F P3 Ov11 2.7
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 75cl (at ChrisO, BB 04/2013).
Dark ruby color, steady beige head. Aroma of vegetables (beans) and smoke. Some caramel malts, prunes and notes of vegetables. Very light smokeyness. Not very good.
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 6, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is hops, caramel, some wood and tobacco. Also some barnyard. Flavour is yeasty, malty and quite hpppy. Not very interesting.
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quarter inch stiff and wiggly tan cap (mmmmmmmm……..stiff and wiggly) that sits on top a hazy brown body. Very interesting aroma, nuts, tobacco and old bubble gum? Aroma is not the greatest but its complex and interesting. Flavour is like the aroma not the greatest but very interesting. Lots of nuts some astringent, I taste the smell of fabric Band-Aids, some cherries and all comes across mildly bitter. More that I drink the more I notice prunes, figs, a mixed bowl of nuts, some orange and mild smoke. Very interesting beer will worth a try. Thanks Gully
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
The aroma is strange with chemicals, smoked malt, band-aids, and basement. The appearance is nice with hazy amber color and a large head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is OK. Overall this is one of the worst beers that I have had.
Ungstrup (34322) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 30, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled.An unclear orange-brown beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of smoke, caramel, and malt. The flavor is sweet though with an edge of acidity and notes of smoke, malt, caramel, and oranges, leading to a bitter and burnt finish. Huge thanks to yespr for sharing.
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soapy, off white, medium head.
Aroma: Smoke, caramel malt.
Flavor: Like a Rauchbier, almond, caramel. fruits. Bitter finish.
Personally, I feel this brew has been under-rated. I confess to having a bias towards Smoked/Rauchbiers, which are Lagers but that is what this reminds me of. Is this right for a Barley-Wine? No! But, I still like it and that is what this website is about; Personal Opinion!