ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Holiday Wine. My initial impression is that this could sit for a bit more - like 6-18 months. Still really good though. Nose is of peat, smoked crusty ham (like Schlenkerla Maerzen), coffee and burnt caramel. Color is a sooty purple brown. Flavor has the components of the nose with a muted version of the smoked meat - also old malt, the merest trace of split-my-head open Danish BW heat, and a really substantial dark chocolate flavor. As it warms it actually starts to remind me of a US imperial stout.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at Rozi’s in Lakewood. I decided to go with a wide-mouthed glass for this so the aroma wouldn’t hit me too hard. The aroma balances out nicely, lots of heavy chewy malt with a good rich smokey scent. The wideness of the trappist glass give this a nice color scheme. It really looks brown and medieval, almost like thick whiskey. The flavor is very rewarding, lots of sweet smokey malt character. This really carries a caramel flavor that has smokey flavor that almost tastes barrel aged. It has that delicate oak character with some light cherry vanilla aspects. Mighty tastey, and the rye mixed in gives it a good fullness along with the sweetnessss.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hmm, this is supposed to be a smoked beer? Nice aromas and flavors, but I can’t find
the smoke. More like a smooth porter. Rich malty aromas and flavors with a pretty heavy
palate. Sweeter than I expected. Alcohol is well hidden and it’s easy to drink. Not what
I expected or was hoping for, but overall a good brew. Just get your hopes up when it comes to it being a "smoked" beer.
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2009
Dark brown color; small head. Light caramel aroma. Good body strength and caramel flavor, a bit too alcoholic. Not impressive.
shigadeyo (2980) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
8/01/2009: Nøgne Ø Sunturnbrew... Aroma: Mostly malt and other sweet things like dried fruit (e.g. dates), brown sugar, and caramel. Appearance: Smoky deep brown; dense beige-colored ring of foam. Flavor: Rich, caramelized caramel malt, moderately sweet; some meaty smoke in finsih, but not very much. Palate: Medium-full, smooth. Overall: Good, but just not complex or nearly smoky enough. Good as a beer overall, but not that great as a smoked beer. I would like to try this again...
1 pt .9 fl. oz. bottle (11% alk./vol) shared by Bigmmartin at NATIFEST ’09. Thanks Mike! Rating #85 for this beer.
AndyReynolds (861) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Thanks to BigMMartin. Pours a dark amber with very little head. Aroma is lightly smoked toasted malts. Notes of sweet malts, caramel, and a bit of brownsugar stood out. On the palate, it was very smooth, with a little bitterness up front. The taste was sweet malts with very little smoke. Overall, for a smoked beer, this is not very smokey at all. I normally only like a smoked beer if it is balanced, but this one barely has any smoke, to the point where I questiong if it is even a "Smoked beer"
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent dark amber mahogany with copper hues and a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet smoky dark caramel malt with some black cherries and brown sugar. Starts with good, rich malty fullness and sticky caramel sugars with a nice earthy smoky balance and a touch of roasty coffee before a slightly warming finish with some mild tart fruity character. Overall a pretty enjoyable and unique brew.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a dark amberish with an off white head. aroma of liquid smoke and meat. flavor was meaty, liquid smoke, caramel, and alcohol.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Well executed, vanilla, warming alcohol, round maltiness. Pleasantly smoky and sweet. Very nice.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Hazy, dark brown color with a thin tan head. Slightly sweet, some caramel. Slight bitterness up front, more sweetness and a light smokiness, very easy to drink for 11%, it did have an alcohol burn in the finish, but it was very mild.