MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Rich peat smoke, caramel and candied fruit are surrounded by surprising acidity in this memorable Barrel-Aged Smoked Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam slowly disappears into the mahogany.
-Peat smoke and fruity acidity are a new blend to me. I wonder if the tartness was wanted though...
-The nose doesn’t let on to the finish’s acidity.
-The wooden character is harmonious with the peat smoke.
-The acidity makes the brew feel lighter and less alcoholic than it would normally be.
subcombicio (167) - Marghera, ITALY - FEB 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Eccezionali le note torbate che questa birra dona, insieme al suo imponente corpo e a un bilanciamento di gusti molto ben fatto !! Un pò a desiderare nel restrogusto dove i vari gusti si perdono un pò troppo senza legarsi come dovrebbero !!
_angst_ (3158) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours tiny hazy dark reddish brown with a frothy goldenish beige head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sour, smokey and tannic with peat, burnt wood, smoked sausages, vanilla fudge, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, alcohol, sweet dark bread, hairspray and hay. Taste is sour and tannic with sweet dark bread, red wine vinegar, peat, tar, charred wood, alcohol, orange zest, smoked sausage, ash and hay. Mouthfeel is sharp, tart, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sour as smokey with bread, lemon juice, vinegar, burnt wood, toffee, peat, tar and ash. Very complex but regular sunturn is much better and it’s a pity it’s sour. I guess smoked oud bruin is the new thing...
ansalon (1664) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellared for a year. Pours black with a low tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, honey, muscovado sugar, burnt oak, leather, bacon. Taste is bourbon, honey, vanilla, dark dried fruit, caramel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tfredvik (1227) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2014 Finally the big day for us good heathens is here, the winter solstice! That should of course be celebrated with a barrel aged sunturnbrew. It pours a deep brown body with a tiny, off-white head that reduces to partially covering film, and not much lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is pretty intense, sweet and roasted, with massive amounts of peat, whisky, sour wood smoke, cigarette, tobacco and sausage. The taste is heavy sweet and moderate bitter, and a light sourness as well. The very strong flavours are roasted with peaty whisky and sour smoke, sweet fruits and fermented red berries. It feels rather vinous, it is full bodied, has an oily texture and soft carbonation. An intense and good beer, but not as good as the regular sunturnbrew: the lovely hoppy notes of the latter has been exchanged for sourness, fermented berries and more peat.
[25 cl bottle, shared with Tor, enjoyed 3.5 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]
Ferris (5267) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Sweet oaky notes with a vinous character. Smoke and date are in the background. Opaque dark brown with a rich but thin brown head. Oak and sour cherry dominate, with peat and the other original flavor far in the background. This is so different than the original, doing it side by side I would have never guessed. The barrel adds a flavor akin to a Flemish Red, and takes away everything that was unique and interesting about the original brew. Although I like this, I am disappointed at the lack of continuity between this and the original.
visionthing (3055) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, Storo. Pours clear mahogany with a rather small, tan head. Moderate smoky aroma with oak, peat, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, dried fruits and hints of alcohol. Sweet and complex with lovely and balanced flavours. The smoky notes seems to have faded a bit with aging, and the beer is surprisingly well balanced. Alcohol is noticeable, but well integrated. Excellent winter warmer, especially on this day!
abstractbeer (239) - NORWAY - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,25 cl bottle at home. Best before 2017-07-17. Dark brown-black color, reddish hints at the edges. Smoky leather-y aroma slightly reminiscent of a sour ale. Some fruity notes in the aroma as well. Smoky flavor as well, very smoky, and lots of wood. Smoky wood. Barbecue. Tastes like a campfire. Nice. Notes of leather and licorice, and some fruity notes, somewhat in the realm of artificial pear perhaps? Tastewise we’re actually on the sour/acidic side (kinda like a white wine). Full body. Carbonation is almost lively.
fletchfighters (1158) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
285 Ml bottle
dark brown color, light brown head. Falls to a ringed collar. Good, thick ABV legs.
Nose is smoke, ash, peat, seaweed, iodine, oak, dark fruits, and some salted meats. Ocean did a lot to this barrel I think.
taste is salty, slightly sweet, dark fruits, cured meats, peat, smoke, oak, and ash. Real well balanced but the saltiness does stand out.
Medium bodied, light carbonation. Complex and age has treated this well. Nice beer
TaktikMTL (6088) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 250 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Légère odeur de tourbe et de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux beige et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de tourbe avec une pointe fruitée et d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût fruité. (Rating #5157)