TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a fizzy off brown. Nose was malty an slightly smoky. Big creamy mouthful. Nicely smoked with tons of light bubbles. Interesting a the mouthful Is almost syrupy but well carbonated too. There’s some decent hops and dark fruit notes balanced out by the smoke and a Ton of malt. Not only interesting but also quite good.
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a cola colored, clear, body with slight haze. Thin beige head. Aroma is of raisin and caramel with some toffee and pear. More of the same in the flavor along with some roasty chocolate/cacao and smooth cafe latte. Full, chewy body with average carbonation and a warming, tingly alcohol finish. Overall an excellent sipper.
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a dirty brown w/ white fuzzy head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of spice and caramel. Flavor is of spice, cherry, and caramel. Has bitter after taste.
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle poured a clear reddish b rown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of prune, raisisn, burnt carmel, molasses and a hint of smoke. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finbish. Flavors of prune, plum, burnt carmel, light toffee and a hint of smoke with a smooth lingering warming carmely fruity finish.
popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This isn’t the prettiest barleywine at the ball but it’s got a big, intense flavor. For the most part, I really don’t care about a beer’s looks and that is also true here - just nitpicking. It’s a muted dark brown beer with little head - looks like a weak cup of coffee. The aroma is velvet punch of caramel malt with notes of raisins, prunes, brown sugar and molasses. The flavor isn’t overwhelmingly sweet for the size of the beer. It’s not terribly drinkable but good for 11% abv. It’s an excellent version of a big American-style barleywine.
smith4498 (3064) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours murky brown color with small tan head. Mild smokey aroma. Also some dark fruits and alcohol. Faint smoke flavor with lots of caramel and dark fruits. Too much heat and booziness from the alcohol for me. Medium body with mild carbonation.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 12/18/2009. This smoked beer pours a dark brown color from a 50cl bottle. Small to no head. The aroma is brown sugar, caramel, smoke and wood. A medium bodied smoked beer. The malts are caramel and sweet with a touch of smoke and wood. The hops are earthy. Touch of smoke. The smoke flavors add to the malt and hops flavors without being overpowering. Interesting beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of wood and smoke.
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Deep rubyish brown colour, not much head. Aroma is spices, leather, some notes of fruits and mild earthyness as well. Flavour is quite much the same along with some hints of alcohol. Still rather well balanced and nice.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a very small head. Aroma- thick malt, honey, slight citrus, leather. Taste- big barleywine flavor, some spice from the rye with a tiny amount of smoke and salt in the end. Aftertaste is citrusy, sweet, malty.
EithCubes (5086) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Medium-light smoke, huuuuuuuuuge, meaty malt nose. Pours a dark mahogany with a light tan head which lasted less than 15 seconds. Taste is dark and very dry, some big spice kicked up from the rye and a little booze coming through, warms to the extreme though there don’t seem to be any headache-inducing higher-orders in here. Tarry wood, maybe a little fresh tobacco, and light licorice. Delicious smoke edging peat; indeed, reminds vaguely of Scotch. Full body, light bitterness, light scorch in the long, long aftertaste. A brew of unexpected extremes, but a nearly unparalleled fumatory sipper. World-class.