superspak (2693) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but should be at least a year old. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown with a thin light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin film that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, toast, pine, citrus rind, raisin, smoke, wood, spicy rye, bread, earth, tobacco, herbal spiciness, and light alcohol esters. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of molasses, caramel, fig, toast, pine, citrus rind, floral, biscuit, raisin, prune, smoke, spicy rye, earth, tobacco, wood, and herbal spiciness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, tobacco, toast, earth, spicy rye, light smoke, wood, light pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. The minimal carbonation definitely works well here. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked rye barleywine. Great flavor complexity, depth, and balance; very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
radagast83 (4753) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark brown color with an average, off-white head. Aroma was astringent alcohol, some fruity notes, light herbal notes. Too much smoke, meaty notes. Okay.
YantarCoast (133) - Moscow, RUSSIA - OCT 19, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from GlavPivMag in Moscow. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoke, rye and fruit. Taste is very smokey. Don't really like this one.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"pours dark and thick. somewhere between a porter and a barleywine. aroma of smoke, sweet malts, and fish? feel is thick, gotta pour hard to get head, but it’s thick as well. flavor is smooth but strong. fairly aggressive smoked malt, more fishiness (but not like Alaskan) very sweet, almost sticky. NOT an everyday drinker but a cool beer that got better as it went."
JulienHuxley (3277) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2014
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle at SSAN V. Brown-black pour with no head. Aroma is smoky and grassy, some light boozy notes, menthol. Taste is pretty gross, tons of menthol, boozy sweet grainy notes, very boozy and minty, with a hint of smoke/iodine, the whole is very medicinal and not very enjoyable at all. Palate is heavy, harsh and boozy. Drainpour.
cnesmark (23) - NORWAY - SEP 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 50 cl, Vinmonopolet. Rye, dried fruits, smoke. Thick, pours like thin syrup. Dark brown, yet not opaque. Title is appropriate - this beer is suitable for when the sun turns.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
BMessiah (5) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours into glass in dark cola colour, very little quickly disappearing head and a little yeast residue. Smells strongly smoky, salty liquorice and a hint of banana. Tastes very smoky and salty, mixed with some berries. Aforementioned tastes hide behind roughly everything else. Salty smoke dominates the palate. Quite unique beer, but not the way I like to consume my barley wine.
daje (2556) - NORWAY - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of smoked bacon, fruit, roasted malt, banana. Taste is pretty smoky too, with tar, ashes, licorice, raisin, herbs, quite massive and complex.
Andrus86 (42) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOTTLE. Shared. Poured a muddy brown with the aroma of burnt tires, got the taste of smoked bacon & bbq sauce, was like a meal buy the end of it!
Sourced from Cellarbrations @ Capel
Desverger (2163) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BarleyWine, CPH - fuzzy brown pour with a big beige head. Aroma is smokey malty, aroma and taste of bready toasty malty, dark dried fruit, caramel, treacle, wooden notes. Abit more smoke than was expecting.
Rangi (594) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark murky brown poor with a thin head. Nice lasting aroma of smoke, smokey peat. Taste is smooth, slightly thick and syrupy. Quiet sweet. Very good over all. Really enjoying this wee sweet smokey syrupy beverage.