lweiberg (105) - Omaha, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
jmagnus87 (2183) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Smokey and a little boozy. Dark fruits and some caramel. Good, but not great.
Ericular (429) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
TheHOFF43 (1611) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jebert (456) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a beige head. Sweet and smoked malts, with hints of burlap, and light floral bitterness in the finish. Good stuff.
jcwattsrugger (10903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jtclockwork (6914) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
CanIHave4Beers (2878) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.