superspak (1904) - 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.
Spab (1976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a dark, slightly orangey brown with large light tan head with good retention. Aroma is quite smoky and peaty with some sweet fruit underneath. Candied sugar and vinous fruit more apparent in taste, but still lots of peat and smoke. Alcohol dangerously subtle. Quite unusual - not something I’d drink in volume (and good thing given the ABV) but impresses all the same.
Gethinbeer (2025) - Musky, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep mahogany colour with a frothy off white head and clinging lace. Roasted, smoked malt aroma. Quite a peaty, earthy seaweed influence. Smoked seaweed roasted damp, dirty campfire flavour. Syrup texture. Overall very tasty but a weird brew.
4theluvofbeer (25) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper pour, tan head. The aroma really hits you -> SMOKE. Dry fruits and peaty taste ...VERY sweet. A unique beer but not something I would look for again. The taste lacks the punch of the aroma...
allmyvinyl (1025) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle shared at home. Pours dark brown with A LOT of floaters! Nice white head saves it from getting a 2 for appearance. Big smokey aromas, boozy notes, as you might expect from something this strong, then caramelized orange and burnt raisins. Nutty too. Big beer. Full-bodied, creamy texture, good chewy finish that you need to think about for a bit before opening something else, or passing out.
Niko100 (1674) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoked bacon, some caramel/maple, & campfire; Flavor of smoky malt, caramel, hops, chocolate, fruit, and some coffee; Warm finish; Very interesting and good.
Atheist_Peace (854) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dank, opaque, brown/orange pour with minimal head that leaves a thin ring of lace.
Antiseptic smoke is the first thought that comes to mind of the nose. You can feel complexity under that weird medicinal campfire smell but it can’t quite break free. There’s something decidedly peaty about it too...scotchy. Maybe that’s where the hospital note is coming from.
That complexity breaks free all over the palate. The smoke is mixed with some spice and cooked fruit, integrated beautifully. There’s a nice full mouth feel with dangerously well hidden alcohol.
ThirstyBird (763) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - NOV 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy mahogany with a tan head. The smell is big sweet fruit, charcoal, peat, campfire. The taste is vinous, tart, charcoal, peat, dry and fruity aftertaste. Medium body and mild carbonation.
freretoc (171) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bu en bouteille de 50cl, couleur noire et très peu de mousse. une odeur de feutre forte et un côté cuir. En bouche la tourbe prend la bouche et reste très trop ? en longueur...
Renobob (71) - - NOV 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur noir foncé, nez de feutre et de fumée. Beaucoup de corps et tourbe très présente en bouche.
StilleStorm (224) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
DAA; Batch 903-B 2012. Pours dark, cloudy amber with large , medium lasting, lacing tan head. Nose is filled with smokey, malty campfire with roasted dark and tropic fruits. Flavour is much the same, adding coffee with roasted caramell and spices. Sticky texture with lasting campfire breath and warmth.