fiulijn (17487) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2014
2012-12-07, bottle, 8.5% ABV, 7-5-7-3-14=35
batch 76, bb 01.2016
Hazy dark amber color, with generous compact head. The aroma is mild, a bit smokey, but also earthy; shaking the glass some thing better and deeper comes out. The flavor is malty, the body is medium, not too round and strong; there is a mixed smoke and cabbage note that disturbs (already found it in other similar beers); correct bitterness; the final is rather simple.
Not bad, but confused, and not enough malty to be a Barley Wine as they promise.
2008-05-30, blind tasting at Yespr’s, 8.7% ABV, 6-4-7-3-14=34
Cloudy amber color. Medium smoke aroma. It has a quite round body and a nice malty sweetness, a touch of apples and good smokey touch. Good.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 2, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Numero venticinque de la degustazione cieco in casa di yespr. Botella. Murky amber brown colour. The aroma is sweet, bit smoky and soursih. Sweet, mildly bitter, fruityish and bit smoky flavour. Dry bitter-sweet finish.
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle #25 at yesprs mafioso blind tasting.
Hazy orange coloured with a small off white head.
Sweet aroma of caramel and smoke with flowery notes.
Sweet flavour of fruits, caramel and smoke with flowery and burnt notes.
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark murky brown ale covered by a light off-white head. I’m afraid my experience somewhat differs from Joris’. First, when I bought this at the excellent Off License store in London, I was told this was a smoked strong ale. From the nose, you would not necessarily guess, it is certainly mildly smoky, but the strong beer part is more obvious:) Strongly honeyed and shooting its ingredients in a straightforward manner. It grows meaty in mouth and indeed quite woody, in a smoky way, but quite dry. On parallel, as is often the case with Italian beers, there is a ton of sedimented yeastiness in there and it does not feel very clean, powdery even, but with pleasant pear and peppery spiciness yeast derivatives. Surprisingly light-medium body, but cleansing carbonation enhances the unclean powdery, yeasty,, woody dry finish.
JorisPPattyn (8916) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
No head but little rim; red-amber beer. Wood, (milk)chocolate, some dryness converted into the nose; acetone when warming up. Very wry, woody taste, woodstripper, going in the MF to astringency, certainly in the finish. Burning MF, dry-out effect. Very severe(ly dry) beer, but above all not balanced.