LarsEngen (366) - Sandvika, - JUL 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,5 Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika @ home. Batch 749B Brewed 12.01.12.
Pours hazy dark brown with a one finger brown head. Nice smokey caramel aroma with some alcohol notes. Light sweetness and medium bitterness in this well brewed Barley Wine. Low carbonation and a long bitter smoked aftertaste. Alcohol (11%) is very well hidden. One of my favorite Nøgne Ø brews.
Florya (403) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
How: Bottle. Appearance: Deep brown color, tan head Aroma: malt, smoke, meat. . Palate: medium to full body, long finish
fugitive (1424) - Athens, GREECE - JAN 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Color dark brown with small white head. Aroma leather. roasted, malt, spiced. Taste bitter, roasted, roasted, smoked.
Rammer (157) - Moscow, RUSSIA - DEC 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer smoky. Creosote and coal burnt aroma, smoky flavor. This porter brewed over a campfire. Specifically, but liked it.
aleigator (309) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark, murky mahogany color, with a small, soon fading head.
Smells of smoked, slightly salted toffeeish malts, among bakers chocolate, molasses, honey and a hint of floral hops.
Starts earthy, almost dusty, then turns sweeter, due to the toffeeish, slightly toasted malts which embrace a cane sugary smokiness. The smoke is unexpected sweet and finds its balance in a salty whiff, as well as heavy, wooden notes. The predominant sweetness gets countered by an earthy, slick bitterness, which finishes with smoky ham, and warm, slightly spiced old wood.
Franckg (128) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Les arômes sont concentrés sur le sucre, le fumé et un quelque chose qui fait ressortir des souvenirs d’une visite chez le dentiste ou le médecin. En bouche, tout commence bien. Un bon goût de barleywine bien sucré envahit le palais. Une touche subtil de fumé arrive par par la suite et donne un côté interessant à la bière. Par la suite, le cauchemar. Les arômes de pharmacie revienne et font alors penser à un diachylon de tissu beige. Ca ne goûte alors que la stérilisation et l’envie de vomir s’en suit. La dégustation prend fin lors du versement du restant de la bière dans le drain.
sdg (76) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown color, hazy; lasting tan head - aroma: very malty, notes of honey and chocolate, very strong aroma of smoked bacon or cheese, bread - taste is medium sweet at first, then medium bitter - full body, thick and oily texture, soft to average carbonation - long bitter finish with notes of smoked cheese and wood.
Eructoblaster (3143) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 500ml. Black body with an average, lasting, beige creamy head. Rich, complex, strong malty/hoppy aroma with smokey, bacon, and chocolate hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Its robust taste carries yeasty, smokey, and woody notes. Ends with a long, warming, woody finish. Very interesting.
antonstoop (201) - - DEC 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of smoked bacon, fruit, roasted malt, raisons, Taste is pretty smoky too, with tar, ashes, licorice, raisin, herbs, quite massive and complex. It is bit on the sweet side, which is a shame, it does'nt need it. Aftertaste is a bit dry, smokey and a strong malty backbone. A nice smoked beer, but too sweet for me.
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GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
"This delicate little beer is delightfully well named. Imagine a word in which the sun has turn to blackness, joy has turned to despair, and all that was good and pure in this world has turned to ash. That is what this beer tastes like. This beer is an ode to odorousness, a sonnet to the subpar, and a ballad to a billion bastard babies braying, bleating and bawling. If you were to set fire to a tire, and then throw it’s smouldering remains into a porta-john, and distill the fetid, smoking ruin into bottles, you would still have a better drinking experience. If there is one redeeming quality to drinking this beer, it is that it can turn a murder/suicide into a one man show" - JVR
Frothmeister (596) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle, in the cellar for a year. First, I don’t like Islay style scotches. I don’t mind a little smoke and peat, but to me, there is very much such a thing as TOO MUCH of a thing, and that’s what Islay’s represent. This beer is conflicting. Is it well made? Yes. Are there parts of it I like? Yes. And that, is the preface to my review. I bought this blinded by brewery fandom, because I’ve enjoyed everything I have tried from them. And so, intrigue won out over common sense. Pours a dark, dark red with a small amount of sediment floaters with a tan head that looks a little like pancake batter. On the nose, Lagavulin like smoke notes, with some very faint dark fruit, and vanilla below. Full bodied, and sweet brown sugar notes, some boozy burn, and prominent Islay scotch notes up front followed by some dried dark fruits, and then well, more smokey peat notes that lead to the finish. I’ve yet to try a smoked beer I enjoy, and this is no different. It’s not you, it’s me.