HopRedHead (341) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a thick dark brown with a short 1cm head that quickly dissipates. Nose is very bourbon-esque oak and smoky-sweet peat. Taste is immediate bourbon, then caramel malt and sweet peat. Hints of raisins and vanilla. Bourbon is very upfront in sweetness but not hot. Nice wet bitterness to finish it off. Really adventurous beer, I dig!
maneliquor (2995) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Wowee this smells good. Pours a very dirty, gluggy, murky brown colour with a small off white head which pretty much disappears as soon as it was formed. Nose shows very sweet peat, bourbon jumps out at you. Loads of vanilla with hints of chocolate. Taste personifies the bourbon ageing. Huge bourbon and vanilla characteristics with light milk chocolate. Peat is in the background without overpowering anything. Finishes like a mild cigar leaving that smokey aftershock on your palate. Superb depth. Creamy mouth feel with only a touch of heat. Damn sensational beer
SaintMatty (5083) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250ml Bottle - Dark brown in colour. Raisins, smoked malt, marzipan and bourbon in the aroma. Sweet, tangy, fruity and smoky taste with notes of smoked malt, dates, burnt rubber and mince pies.
kbudd19 (559) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with very little head. Lots going on with the smell, tons of smoke, and a whole bunch of bourbon. Very little sweetness, tastes rather sour up front, followed by bourbon and smoke. Interesting but not one I would buy again.
reebtogi (4051) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
250ml bottle pours black in color with a finger of light beige head that settles to reveal some spotty lacing. Aroma is smoky with some dark fruits and hints of bourbon and alcohol. Taste is a dark fruity sweetness with some smoke and a herbal bitterness. Medium to heavy body with modest carbonation. Likely this is the first smoked barley wine I have ever tried, and I do believe that I like this one. Recommended for a unique tasting experience.
KingCecil (2041) - DENMARK - APR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home ..it pours very dark brown with a small light tan head.... the aroma is smokey, and bourbon... the flavor is smoke, light roasted malt, fruits and a bit vinous...
Simonsen (585) - NORWAY - MAR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Drukket på hytta. Mørk/svartfarge,lite skum. En kraftig liten sak. Smaker brent malt,røyk,tjære, lakris,lær,bourbon,tre og krydder. En mørk og kraftig liten smaksbombe
pushkinwow (1956) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
250ml bottle. Light mahogany with a biege head. Smoke and oak, bit of vanilla, prune, tannins, bit of malt vinegar, hints of acidity. Mild carbonation, moderate body, becomes quite tart on the palate and then acidic with some tannins, more oak and nice smoke.
SlackerMads (1419) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Murky brown with a small off white head. Aroma is tart, wood, lactic, forest floor, light iodine. Taste is medium+ sweet, hardly any bitterness, medium sour. Medium body, oily/sticky texture, medium carbonation. Tart, dry and light astringent finish. Very far from the original, and questionable if the result is intentional. Drinkable nonetheless.
pentaz (1215) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours opaque orange amber with almost no head. Aroma is caramel, lactic, lots of wood, prune, smoke, earthy grassy and dried fruit. Taste is medium+ sweet, medium bitter and quite sour. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Finishes alcoholic mouth-dryinging with a lasting taste of sour wood.
It’s rather hard to relate this to the original beer. It’s in no way undrinkable, just quite surprising because it’s more sour than smoked.