finol (2251) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great balances beer with big smooth and elegant body. Lightly smoked and light tartness, licorice and red berries.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a solid black with a tan head. Aroma of smoke and wood. Flavour of red wine, smoke., oak, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and well-balanced.
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle, sent from gn0sis (thanks Eric!), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked malts, dark fruits and dry red wine - dominated by the smoke though. Flavour of smoked / burnt malts upfront, candied dark fruits, red wine / dry vinous characteristics and oak barrels. Finishes semi-sweet, oaky and smokey. Very full-bodied and wonderfully balanced. Excellent.
sloth (2532) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium sized tan head with fair retention and some spotty lace. Black in color. Nose is smokey, roasty with an ever so faint hint of wood. smoke dominating. Body is medium, velvetty on the palate, coating and oily, lil chewy also. Smoke rules in the flavor dept. along with roast and some dark fruits. Maybe a hint of lumber shining through the smoke screen. Nice smokey, woody finish.ABV well hidden. Props to jleblanc for the bottle.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to beerchugger for sharing this. Pours black with a black tinge and a little tan halo of bubbles. Smell: smoke, coffee, leather and charred wood.
Taste of smoke and charred oak are extreme and overpowering with a hint of leather. Mouthfeel is medium thick and the finish is bitter with smoke and dark roasted smoke with a touch of smokey smoke in the smokey finish!
callmemickey (3005) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Consumed January 2011.
A: Black body with a medium sized khaki cap. Nice spotty lacing.
S: Mellow. Smoked, roasted, and charred malts. Some oak and dark, vinous fruits.
T: Similar to the nose, there is quite a bit of smoky roasted malts. The barrels do a bit more here to contribute some complexity and depth of flavor. Dark fruits, oak, chocolate, coffee, and all the malts.
M: Mellow, medium bodied. Smooth throughout with light carbonation. Clean finish.
D: Quite pleasant. The best of the Fear and Trembling series.
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
popped this the other day into HFS globe. pours just about black with a medium sized brown cap. smells rich with smoke and bacon. roasty but not too charred light vinous notes and hints of oak. the taste is rich with roast and smoke, though both are smooth and in harmony. not too much bacon as the nose insisted. vinous notes and hints of oak in the finish. a light bitter bite to even out. rich overall taste with smooth flavors. the feel is velvety smooth medium/full body with moderate carbonation lending creaminess. overall highly enjoyable
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep and black with a thin creamy head and heavy sheets of lace that stick to the sides of the glass. Strong smoke on the nose with a bit of coffee notable as well. Heavy roasted malts but the smoke is really rather powerful here with a small brush of anise, tobacco, and leather. Loads of smoke on the palate with oak and a tough of rich heavy tobacco and leater. Finish a little dry and lightly bitter.
Leighton (11860) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared at The Kernel with Evin and Nate, thanks to Shaun. I was focused on enjoying this beer with the Kernel lads so didn’t focus on notes until the dust had settled, as it were. Some recollections, which don’t necessarily do the beer justice: Smokey nose. Wood and roast. Sweet flavor, notes of cocoa. Oily with some resin and dirt and earth. Unreal good. This was just a fantastic beer on every front.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from buddy pantanap and shared with all at Woodshop. Pitch black color with with min tan top. Smoky burnt camp fire smells off the nose. Rich smooth body. Nice flavor once beyond the smoke of vanilla, caramel, toasty malt. In the back the oak barrel adds a subtle presence. Finishes well and tasty. Like it and obviously a very well crafted beer.