tfredvik (1611) - 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 (10523) - 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 (4359) - 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 (1359) - 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 (6860) - 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)
ale_eel (4) - - SEP 25, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Visual: Murky brown, thin short lasting head.
Aroma: Whiskey barrel and smoke, with underlying fruits and caramel maltiness.
Taste: Woody, smoky and rich malty with medium sweetness, soon substituted by a long fresh acidic fruity and (white) vinous finish. Bitterness is light.
Palate: Rich mouthfeel. Long finish with very low bitterness.
Overall: A very nice and complex drinking experience. Well balanced to my palate, with a short lasting mid palate (50ibu) bitterness, and an excellent cleansing acidity. The finish and long complex aftertaste makes it for me..
Cuso (7227) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Palme shared by MisoW, many thanks guys. Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma of barley, smoke, peat, ash. Taste, malt, plums, barley, light tartness, peat, smoke, ash. Smoked tart finish. Very tasty.
MisoW (2914) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Another jewel from trade with Palme. Pours dark brown color, beaige head. Aroma is great - peated, whiskey, wine, smoked, vanilla. Taste is also smoked, plums, dark chocolate, hints of sourness, grapes. Alcohol was very well hidden. This is a very nice beer.
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy dark copper/brownish colour with a small off white to tan head that leaves some lace on the glass. Aroma is sour fruit(mostly getting cherry), wood, faintly peaty, mild alcohol and bourbon. Flavour is sour fruit, sour wood, mild alcohol, light bitterness, and bourbon.