Ernest (6576) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread, molasses), lightly hoppy (resin), with notes of vanilla, alcohol, brown sugar, orange peel, hint of smoke. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Aroma is nice enough, but this just wasn’t any fun to drink...just too sweet and burning.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy chestnut brown hue with hints of garnet and mauve. A thick head of khaki coloredfoam settles in slowly, leaving behind dense sheeting that breaks apart into spotty, cracked rings of lace. The nose is enticing and complex, starting out with a rich chocolate and dark caramel malt base, with notes of figs, dates, hazelnuts, nutmeg and cinnamon. Rye malt lends it’s distinctly clean, grainy profile, which works insanely well with the potent smoke character. There’s a hint of bacon in there, which is never a bad thing. In short, it smells decadent and delicious. To my delight, the flavor does not disappoint. The rye is the wildcard, it’s clean sharpness setting this one apart from other chocolaty, caramely barleywines. The nuts, figs, and other dark fruits take the smokiness quite well, and the whole thing just comes together beautifully with a staunch, earthen hop finish. Substantial, slick, and viscous, the
palate suites the brew well, distributing the deep flavors to every corner of the mouth. I had high hopes for this one, and it delivered. This might be my favorite smoked brew to date.
thirdeye11 (5739) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(500ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Pours a cloudy medium brown with no head but good lacing. The nose is strongly alcoholic and orange oils are here too. Taste is bitter chocolate, roasty malts. Nice oily slick mouthfeel as well. Not my favorite, but good in this style.
ajm (1066) - 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 (16144) - 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 (3180) - 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 (1037) - 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 (7133) - 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.