SpecialBrew99 (57) - grand blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was really looking forward to this, and I thought it was a dissapointment. Very think, I’m not sure it was even an Ale like it says on the bottle. Had a hint of carmel in it but the thickness of this was just to much for me.
madmitch76 (18167) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
11th January 2011
Cloudy dark brown beer, no real head. Tart fruits, sourish and a little acidic. Creamy smoked malt. Trace of chocolate in the background. Not hanging together for me - the tart fruit and the creamy smoke are odd bedfellows!
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle split in two in 2011. Chunky brown, unfiltered. No head. Smells quite old/aged. Woody, oxidized amber malt. Past it’s prime. Oily and sticky, still drinkable. Big smoky tones are still there, even with oxidation. Still a decent beer, the "aged" aroma really kills it though. Oily body, mouthfeel. OK..but a prime example of why beers are better fresh.
jtclockwork (10837) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours muddy brown. Nose/taste of heavy smoked malt, bacon, smoked caramel, smoked almonds, ham and molasses maple syrup. Lots of smoke. Full mouth feel. Drinking very well right now.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle split by Madvike, Thanks Matt. Booze and LOTS of smoke on the nose. Flavor is smoke, but not dominating. Leather, tobacco, brown sugar are all in there too. Solid
madvike (3095) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from motortoddhead...THANKS TODD! - Pours rosy brown with a thin tan ring of head. Nice light smoked meat note--I assume the smoke has faded over the years, never having this fresh. It still has sweetness in there--toffee and buttery sweetness. Lots going on in the taste. There’s lots of dark chocolate, a lightly charred woodiness, caramel, candi sugar, leather, tobacco. Still boozy on the finish, and a bit thinnish, with slightly biting carbonation. Tastes vaguely like a light-bodied Adam. This was better than I thought it’d be, and now I wish I could have had it fresh.
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear brown with no head, just a small ring. Aroma is smoky, reminds me of bacon. Body is medium-full. Flavor is smoky with sweet caramel, and a little candied fruit in the finish.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a bottle on this beer gave a murky amber brown. Pretty decent smoky aroma in your nose. Strong almost harsh quality in your mouth with plenty of malt cola like qualities for flavor. Sweet malt pervades through the sample with some caramel and molasses. Happy to try it.
SrSilliGose (3319) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My notes on this beer are primarily on speed dongs and fast fallacies. This seemed to have held up remarkably well though. Consumed mid 2011. Some doughy molasses and high meat smoke. Though smoke character seems to have faded. Good. Wish I could have tried this fresh, but I was even younger and stupider back then.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of ryan. Clear orange-yellow pour with very little carbonation. Tons of smoke on the nose with notes of toasted caramel. Flavor has a light sweetness and is meaty, almost with the flavor of miso. Smokiness throughout with a bitter finish.
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL thanks to ryan. The pour is a flatter, clear, deep amber. Yellow bubbles. Nose is toffee, caramel, miso soup and seaweed. Lots of savory miso soup (odd). Taste is savory with big miso soup, mild smoke, ash, orange mint, sweeter toffee. Very soft smolder. Not too smokey in that sense. Comes across much more as a soft smolder atop olderbarleywine.