juiceisloose (1100) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark and murky brown color with a nice, foamy tan colored head that settles slowly. Nice sheets of lace are left behind. The aroma is very complex showing notes of chocolate, clean rye malt, figs, raisins, and cinnamon spices. There is hint of bacon in there also to go with smokey characters as well. Dark fruits, chocolate, figs, and raisins all come together nicely with the smoke and the earthy hops on the backend. The is present throughtout, but not overly so, and the rye malt really sets this one off. Full bodied and very smooth with a bitter and smokey finish. Really nice smoked barleywine.
Tmoney99 (11915) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at NATIFEST ’09.
Poured cloudy brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate smoke toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet smoke flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration.
My expectation where exceeded.
That1Guy (2055) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Definitely got some smoke and some nice bacon aromas, but they’re kinda weak and subdued. Flavor has some smoked malt and some sour, stale flavors. Alcohol is well-hidden, but it’s pretty boring, and unremarkable compared to other smoked brews.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is lightly smoked, ripe fruity notes, light grainy spice from rye. Murky brown with some red hues. Lightly smokey on top of dark fruit. Some smokey meat lingers for a little while. Some alcohol heat is noticeable. Soft carbonation. A little hot.
after4ever (6692) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500. thanks suzygreenberg! pours opaque dark brown with a light ring of gray bubbles. big bacony sweet caramel and doughy cereal malts. creamy medium body, not as thick as you might think. bacony sweet mid palate, plenty of caramel, chocolate, and cookies on the mid. longish sweet smoky finish.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from a bottle. Glorious smokey aroma, hints of rye spice. Red fruits, smoke, spices, light sweetness in the flavor. Superb.
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 14, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500mL bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Aroma is roasted with some anise hints and a fair amount of woodiness present. Light, sticky molasses is also appreciated with a bit of ethanol. Plenty of anise. Moderately transparent cola-colored body with a smallish, weak light tan head. Wow...very sweet, sticky, oily, and chewy. Has a great deal of carbonation tingliness in the middle with some late ethanol burn. Lots of sweet chocolates and a bit of molasses and anise come through. Smoked peatiness is there. Has a bit of a harsh, burnt roasted rye flavor late. I personally think this beer is a bit of a mess and pretty unbalanced.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark shade of manly brown. The head atop was a circle of rather large, see-through bubbles with a perfect clockwise swirl of bubbled atmospheric dust inside. The nose was a glorious surprise of a deep sensual molassis sweetness with counterbalancing sharp, almost minty hop esters, so to speak. There’s a deep underlying chocolatey and toffee-like malt base that really makes the nose intriguing. Spicey intro to flavors at first, reminding me of some vintages of anchor’s our special ale, with smooth, yet seemingly confusing chocalte and toffee malt notes at first glance, spiked with hop breath, and sprinkled with spice in some rare christmas cookie kind of way. There’s a lot more going in this beer too...but typing is causing me to lose concentration...so I’m going to go now, see you after a few glasses
ok, I’m back...only 1 more small pour in the bottle and I’m pissed! Its like a book you cant put down (not that I ever read or know what that actually feels like, but it sounded right here)...I took 3 valiums like 4 hours ago and the need to drink more of this is the cocaine of counterbalance. I’m liable to OD...on fucking lust for this shit. More I drank, more raisins and chewy subtle, but meaty smokiness underlines everything. This is a sweet mo’fo’ beer
all you tickers rating on a small sample, erase your your bullashit rating now and rate this beer like a motherfucking man!
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy hell. Complex. So much going on. Smokey, richly malty, with intense sweet dark fruit (acai, blackberry, blueberry,) chocolate, toffee, caramel. This beer is a damn meal. It has the dark fruitiness of a Belgian, the roast and chocolaty richness of a stout and the malt complexity of a good English Old Ale, with a touch of smoke, hops and a long, lingering finish. Its a prime candidate for 2-3 years of cellaring.
Ernest (6729) - 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.