ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color with decent (not spectacular) clarity. The head is about three fingers high, cream shaded. Its retention is really fantastic, and the texture isnít half bad either. It leaves behind some nice lacing on the glass, too.
S: PHE. NO. LIC. One can definitely tell that this is a peaty brew. Let it warm up a bit, though, and its sweet malt backbone develops nicely. In particular, it brings caramel, brown sugar, and maple sugar notes. Vanilla is slight but definitely evident. Iím having trouble picking up the oaky tones, though; that or its blending itself with the peat to create a ham-like smokiness. Nonetheless, this nose is telling me a lot - but thereís one thing it isnít telling me. Alcohol. This is a shockingly un-boozy nose.
T: Like expected, phenolic peat notes hit the palate immediately. This sensation tends to melt away around the mid-taste, being replaced by flavors of caramel and brown sugar. Thereís some slight vanilla in the finish; just like in the aroma, itís pretty subtle. Some faint tobacco qualities are peppered throughout. Once this warms up, its boozy qualities pretty much evaporate. My only real problem is this: take away the peaty notes, and this one is...kind of mundane. It only really develops complexity after many, many sips - and by that time, thereís practically none left in the glass.
M: Itís not exactly chewy, but it does have a decent body. While the sweetness has a negative effect on the general balance of the flavors, it does a great job of hiding the alcohol. There is absolutely nothing here to suggest itís 11%.
O: Okay, Iím really impressed with its lack of booze - and how the supposed peat isnít really that bothersome to my palate. This has some elements of a nice scotch whisky. Having said that, itís not quite as deep as I like my big, boozy monsters to be. Still, this has great aging potential, even with its currently well hidden alcohol.
MaBeer1972 (1827) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Julioís. Poured into a snifter. A deep russet amber with a very thick light tan head. Very nice looking. Sweet earthy spice aroma. Flavor is on the sweet side with earthy spice notes. Slight bit of sweet vanilla. Somewhat balanced, but still a lot of sugar on the finish.
beerplace (779) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Elizabeth Station. Bottled 22-Jan-2016. Pours an opaque golden copper. Aroma is smokey, sweet maple and oak notes. Taste and aftertaste are pretty similar with boozy and hoppy bitterness. Good balanced beer.
ehaak26 (84) - - AUG 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love scotch, so the peat-smoked barley was a great touch for me. The vanilla and maple syrup add nice complexity to this ale.
Linnet (1673) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smoke, juniper, toffee, oaky, caramel, alcohol, herbal.
Deep amber colour, small beige head.
Big sweetness, lightly peaty, lightly bitter and lightly salty, ABV evident, lots of herbal notes.
Fullbodied, thick feel, soft carbonation, sweet and peaty finish.
A tad too sweet.
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 BJCP Category: 32B Specialty Smoked Beer (base style: 17D English Barleywine)
AROMA: Peaty malt is prominent. Some dark fruit, vanilla/oak, and alcohol. 8/12
APPEARANCE: Very murky body; rather ugly shade of rusty orange/brown. Small, off white head mostly dissipates; no lacing. 1/3
FLAVOR: Takes a few sips to get used to as the palette seems to change on every swig. Seems like an English barleywine at the core with a rich sweetness of dark malt and dark fruit. Vanilla and oak chips complement each other to give it a slight candy taste. Finishes with a fairly strong peat smoke sensation. Well balanced with smoke acting as a flourish rather than the main attraction. 17/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; low CO2 but not viscous nor sticky. 11% ABV is well hidden imparting subtle warmth as it goes down. Remarkably clean aftertaste. 3/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: An amazing brewing accomplishment considering all thatís in this beer. Delectable, but not quite mind-blowing. 8/10
TOTAL SCORE: 38/50
DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a reddish color with a small head. Aroma has bourbon up front followed by some sweetness and figs. The taste has roasted plums, licorice, mild booze and some raisins. Very complex beer with a smooth finish.
CpyNPrnT (616) - Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of maple, taste is maple, vanilla, thick beer, alcohol warming, good beer.
tmongoose (2219) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft that poured a brown color with white head. strong nose old ale/barley wine. strong malt backbone with hints of smoke, vanilla, oak and juniper...oh yes you can smell it. the flavor matches the aroma profile long slow sipper at 11% abv donít be in a rush as it warms the stronger the flavors come out. for me not a true barley wine but more of an old ale. either way its good.
mrjaxson (490) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
As smooth a barley wine as Iíve encountered though the finish does have a zippy, alcohol-influenced tingle. The aroma is very thick, and with a little effort reveals vanilla and yeast with hints of smoke. The taste is evenly sweet and not too heavy. Poured from a bottle.
Skykwby (51) - Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours natural maple syrup brown, slight foam head. Aroma of caramel notes, toast, wood, warm & sweet. First sip sweetish on back tongue, hides alcohol content. Smooth, aftertaste is lightly sweet, almost scotchy. Good beer for after dinner.
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