armando629 (2455) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Mikkeller, Coppenhagen.
Rubyred beer, near black with a small tan head. Sweet raisins and plum, molasses in the aroma with a light roasted character. Oily, thick body with molasses and caramel, deep roasted grains. Vinous bit of wood, tart peat, toffee and dark chocolate. Is this beer a smoked one? But good;-)
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
500ml bottle -
What a great idea and excellent execution this was. Nøgne Ø never seems to stop making good beer and this was great. The aroma is just incredible. Massive amount of smoke, sweet like a beer beef-jerky marinade, caramel, alcohol, port....phenom. The flavor was equally as intense. It was like eating beer beef-jerky, dipped in espresso/port/chocolate with a rum-raisin sauce. THis might just be my favorite from Nøgne Ø, but then again...I feel like I’ve already typed this on a different review with them.
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 US release; Sampled October 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a clear, rich red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells malty up front, but quickly picks up a soft smokiness that still manages to be the dominant characteristic of the nose. Somehow this makes me think of smoked dates or perhaps smoked raisins as there is a fruitiness to the nose at the beginning. At times this seems like it has some woody pepper like notes to it and there is also a rich, caramelized, brown sugar like note and toasted grain character up front.
My first sip is sweet, viscous, rich and palate coating up front. Wow, this is one chewy beer, very much a sipping brew as small bits are best at a time. There is a lot of spicy grain character to this; likely the rye contributes this as well as quite a bit of the slick texture. The beer finishes with a mix of phenolic smokiness as well as a touch of bitter roast grain character. Sweet caramelized, brown sugar like notes are tempered by the savory smokiness that dominates the finish. There is a lot of umami flavors going on here, which makes this thick brew that much more a chewy experience; I almost feel like I should be able to stick a spoon in this and see it stand up on its own. The spiciness, when coupled with the sweetness almost reminds me of cinnamon, though not necessarily in an overly distinctive way.
Quite nice, I am really enjoying the intermingling of rich malt, funky / spicy rye, fruitiness and smoke character. This is the consummate cold weather, sitting by the fire, tucked into a blanket and armchair with a good book, sipping brew. I could easily spend a couple hours happily consuming my 500ml bottle and wish I had more of this as this beer is going to age wonderfully.
jtclockwork (13493) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours maroon with tan head. Dark and murky. Nose of plum, barley, raisin and rye. Taste is strong raisin, plum, rye and cane sugar. Alcohol is noticeable in finish as it warms. I didn’t really notice the smoke at first. Maybe, a little on the nose. The smoke became more pronounced as I drank more of it. Pleasant surprise.
Linnet (1600) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: cloudy ruby/copper body, no head.
Aroma: Smoked meat, burnt wood, malts, alcohol, hops and yeast.
Flavour: Smoked meat! sticky malts, alcohol, big bite, acidity.
Mouthfeel: rich, thick and sugary.
Total: This is very exciting and interesting, but I wonder if it would have been better without the smoke.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown more mahogany pour mild carbonation weak biege head aroma very smokey chocolate bourbon vanilla rye not strong due to the smokey malt coffee dark fruit liccorice mild sweetness not much sweet alcohol if any Flavour excellent bitter smooth good grade ibu sweet malt liccorice caramel chocolate bourbon rye smoothness dark fruit forget the alcohol it has been obliterated by some great flavours finish clasy ale malt is brillianty smokey rye a real plus bitter sweet tastes giving a superb aftertaste top stuff
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle). Pours dark brown with off white-head. Hazy with lots of sediment. Aroma is smoky like beef jerky Taste is sweet and smoky. Medium bodied with thin/creamy texture. Excellent beer. If a smoked beer could be subtle, then this is it. Would definitely get again.
drjay44 (3302) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml. bottle. Pours a thin short lived head, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 38) body....nose is molasses, soy, Boveril, beef, light smoke...taste is sweet to start, then dried fruits including cherry, raisin, finishing yeasty, beefy, and slightly bitter....mouth feel is thick and chewy, alcohol remarkably well hidden, carbonation makes a creamy sensation. This is very thick, very heavy, very complex, lightly smoked, and in spite of the initial sweetness, remarkably well balanced. Smoked Barley Wines are not yet a category. BJCP 7/3/15/5/7
Geokkjer (7262) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.Pours cloudy dark brown with an almost beige head.Aroma is dark chocolate ,sweet and smoked malt and dark berries with hint of burnt bread crust.Flavor is sweet malt ,warming alcohol ,caramel and smoke.Full body,average carbonation, long sweet finish.A really nice and heavy beer.
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Deep dark amber colourned. Unclear. Dense light brown head. Aroma of light smoke, spice, light roast, light fruits. Flavour of ripe fruits, brown sugar, vague smoke, vanilla, alcohol. Medium bodied. Fruity and smoky end. Warming on lips and palate.