ngeunit1 (1547) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Dark ruby-copper with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel malts, oak, whiskey, vanilla, peat, brown sugar, citrus hops, some booze.
T - Sweet caramel malts, oak, whiskey, vanilla, brown sugar, some citrus hops and hop bitterness, a touch of toasted oak, some booze.
M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, oakey, and sweet finish.
D - Good bold barrel character and the base beer stands up to it.
freeofthoughts (522) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brewed August of 2010, aged 8 months. Pours ruby brown with very little head. Light aroma of sweet grains and peat with wood. The flavor is rich peat with lightly smoked malt, a bit of dried fruit. Lighter body with a diminished carbonation. Not bad, highlights the wood well but underwhelming base beer. Light drying finish with simple hop and wood lingering.
Tinco (415) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown, amber shine when held up to the light. Brown head. Aroma: sweet toffee, smoked ham, slightly peaty, maybe some raisins, whiskey, pretty subdued to be honest. Taste is classic Islay peat, smoked ham, well concealed alcohol, toffee and sugars. Peat is dominant. If you like Islay whiskey u will like this one. More cool than good though...
NBird (139) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A big murky dark brown pour with littler head. Smells like smokey /
Burnt / roasted grains, dark fruits and scotch. Tastes pretty dominantly scotch all the way through over dark roasted, smokey malts and biscuits+ fair bit of alcohol.
sputnikus (51) - Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Beer is dark brown with tan head. Smells after smoke, dried fruit and that little whiskey volatility. Taste is going after aroma with nice sweetness. Medium body with soft carbonation, creamy texture and long, warmth finish. Overally nicely balanced barley wine with that really exciting fruit note in it.
olr1984 (286) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is very dark with tan head. Strong wood aroma. Smokey Carmel taste with leather flavor’s.
Alecwallace (83) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of toffee, vanilla, whisky, tastes rich, smokey, caramel. short lived 1 finger head. Warming but not strong alcohol. A nice beer.
Huhzubendah (1980) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by durwoodx. Thanks Darrell.
Served with Bourbon Barrel Aged Santa’s Little Helper.
The beer is dark brown with a quarter inch of lasting beige head. The aroma offers chocolate, roast, alcohol, malt. Good flavor with some hop bitterness in the finish. Well balanced, with some bitter chocolates and roast. Warming finish. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation level. Overall, a solid beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-17-2011
Arve_Christian (2085) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On bottle, thanks Alexgc
Dark golden color, ok foam.
Peaty aromas, malt, dried fruit- spices
Medium/ full body & high complexity.
High immediate sweetness, good bitterness- ok balance, noticeable alcohol sting.
Chuckaduck (490) - Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my kind of beer though it clearly isn’t for everyone. Pours brown with a thin tannish head. Aroma is smoke for days, charcoal, dark fruit, peat whiskey. Taste is smokey, strong, alcohol, charcoal ash, dark fruits, plums, raisins. This is what Sunturnbrew would be like if it caught fire. I liked it a lot.