gyllenbock (7563) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy light brown with a white head. Aroma and taste of smoke, malt, wood and ham. The finish was dry. Quite nice.
Nisse666 (6166) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012 Bottle at GBF 2012-09-07 Göteborg
New rating 3,3 - keep old: 3,2!
Bottle from SB cons 2012-06-08 Göteborg
AR: roasted malt, coffey, chocolate, almonds
AP: hazy mahogny, high creme brown frothy steady head
F: smokey, caramel, sausages, nuttiness, white sugar, low carbonation, slisky, coffee, salty, medium bitterness, finish is dry, smokey, sausage and caramel
TheJestersBeer (2382) - SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy, medium mahogany, beige head.
Spicy, smokey aroma, very malty, caramel, fudge, cured bacon, marzipan, hazelnuts.
Semi-sweet, medium to full body, medium bitterness, creamy CO2.
Smokey, spicy taste, caramel, malt, fudge, hops, cloves. Quite complex, interesting.
FatPhil (13653) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
375ml bottle - shared by Mirjukka and Janne - thanks!
Slightly smoked aroma, a touch of whisky even - was this aged in tallisker barrels? Smooth palate, but quite lively carbonation, moussey in the mouth.
Dry, again showing signs of being whisky-barrel aged, a touch of woodiness. Well attenuated, but smokiness is maybe a bit too dry. Resiny tarriness too much the driving force. Dusty finish too. Disappointing. More a smoked than a barley wine. Smells of Mirjukka’s cigarettes quite closely! Fairly pleasant bitter bite from the hops though. Smoother with a bit of the sediment in, some toffee.
madmitch76 (21802) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
23rd September 2009
Cloudy brown beer. Crispy palate, a tad dry. Smoky malt is immediately evident, but not overpowering. Smoke is well integrated with the fruit and the malt and this the smoke is balanced nicely. Finishes dry and with more of the same. Very drinkable.
teorn88 (6197) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Selezione Birra 2012, Rimini. Pours a light brown color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is lghly hoppy with dominant roasted and smoked notes. Bacon and lard in the nose. taste is sweet-ish with a nice smoke presence. Again, the smoke is not woody but meaty. Good carbonation and medium body. Overall, very nice and tasty.
JK (5665) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Johnny’s Off License, near the Vatican, April, 2009. Shared at Skyview tasting, November 11, 2011, and I believe that photo is my bottle. I liked this more than the other guys, maybe because of memories of my travels. Anyway. Medium sweet with caramel and malt. Very low carbonation. There is also an earthy, light peat character I did not expect. Dry for a barley wine. 3 years old should not be too old for this kind of beer, and I think it held up well.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was an odd duck, light in color, with a bland malt profile. The flavor was both non-descript and slightly offensive. I don’t know what was going on here.
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber body with an off-white head. Hoppy aroma with some caramalts and a smokey touch: quite well balanced. Smokey, bit malty flavour.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ RBBWG thanks to Benzai. hazy amber coloured beer with some medium carbonation and a medium off white head. Hoppy hinted aroma with some slightly roasted woody malty hints. Medium to full palate. Finish is herby yeasty with some oaky acidic hints. Very nice.