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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lweiberg (108) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Quite smoky, and the alcohol is not overpowering. Could be more complex, but I got a single for under $2, which was a good deal.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmagnus87 (2333) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Smokey and a little boozy. Dark fruits and some caramel. Good, but not great.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ericular (555) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2013
No date on bottle. Pours a nice deep red with quickly fading head, decent lacing, and lots of yeast sediment. Aroma is smoked meats, woody campfire, and peat. Also, a little richness from some dark fruit, but overall the aroma is too heavy on the processed meat vibe. Taste is similar, with a little malt up front before diving in to the smoked wood taste. Iím not a big fan of smoke beers anyway, but it was a little interesting having a barleywine as a base. Not much alcohol detected, but I wasnít excited to finish this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHOFF43 (1705) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle, LOL. Pour is copperish, soooo much smoked meats. Taste like a butcher shop that was set on fire for a little bit. I really liked smoked meats, which is awesome. This beer just doesnít do it for me. Its not bad, just interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jebert (492) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Pours a reddish copper with almost no head with some grain particles floating in the beer. Aroma was faint, perhaps a bit of smoke. Very creamy and nice viscosity, the taste is smoke, sweet barley malt, some caramel, licorice and alcohol. Smokiness dominates the flavor profile. Not my favorite barleywine, but a decent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (5826) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber with a beige head. Sweet and smoked malts, with hints of burlap, and light floral bitterness in the finish. Good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11067) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2013
12oz bottle-tan-dk amber. A-smoke, med malt-roast. T-smoke/peat/ashy, med malt-roast/caramel, some earthy hops. Wrong mouthfeel for a barleywine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle @ home, courtesy of randompepsiedgarbagedcanned. Thanks bro! Pours a hazy, dark reddish orange appearance with a light brown head that thins pretty quickly. Kind of a burnt woody smoked, caramel, a touch fruity, just a bit spicy aroma. Chewy, sweet BBQ, applewood, toffee, smoked woody, a bit herbal, fairly well balanced beer. Nice offering.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (7894) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle shared by JCWattsrugger. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste of smoke, candied malt, peat, brown sugar and dark fruit. A bit too smoky with not much else going on. Quick finishing - lighter than medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanIHave4Beers (3134) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2013
Pours a gorgeous deep red with a small but tight and well retained head.

The aroma is rich and smoky, really similar to a dialed down version of The Schlenkerla Urbock... That same rich but clean smoky character, that some light sweetness, that same light fruitiness. This stuff is has a very inviting aroma.

The flavor is less balanced and awesome, It is indeed nicely smoky but there are a lot of other elements here that donít seem to jive all that well together. Itís a bit soapy right up front and there is a very odd apple skin character that is as dominant if not more dominant than the smoke, I generally like a little red apple skin as a note of complexity in beer, but itís extremely forward here and not in a great way. The alcohol is noticeable but the beer isnít offensively boozy or anything.

Mouthfeel is bit & the low carbonation is pulled off very well here.


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