tfredvik (1714) - Oslo, - NOV 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ta-daaa! Rating number 500, finally I’m a beer demigod! This one pours a dark copper body with a very small, light-brown head that pretty soon reduces to a thin film with some additional build-up at the walls of my snifter. Some lacing are left on the glass, but not much. The aroma is strong and is dominated by wood smoke and peat, but there are also some smoked meat and sausages. More importantly there are also definite hoppy notes in the back, making the aroma more refreshing than pure smoke and liquid meat. A hint of the high ABV can also be detected. The taste is heavy to moderate sweet and is elegantly backed up by a moderate plus bitterness. Initially the sugary flavour profile is govern by strong notes of smoke and peat with a solid hoppy resinous background. There are also vague elements of overripe fruits that magically transforms into sweet dark dried fruits as the beer warms up. I also get chocolate as the beer reaches a more fitting temperature. The mouthfeel is close to perfect, it’s lovely vinous with a full body, an oily texture and soft carbonation. The alcohol is masterly integrated. A very nice barley wine and by far the best smoked beer I’ve ever had! So, 500 ratings, how many more do I need before I stop feeling like a complete beer novice?
[50 cl bottle, batch 749B, enjoyed 10 months after bottling/9 years 2 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
creppyiceman (427) - POLAND - AUG 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:intensive smokedy(ham-like) aroma,some caramel and toffee.
Appearance:dark brownish color,small beige head.
Taste:sweet,flavour of caramel,fudge,smoked ham, dried dark fruits(mainly figs),malty fin ish,long malty smokey aftertaste.
Palate:full body,ultra thick texture,medium carbonation.
Overall:Lovely thick barley wine.
Swaroga (2070) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25cl bottle. Hazy brown with medium head that lasts a good while. Aroma of the beer is nail polish, dark, ripe fruits, peat, canned pears, some chocolate, Overall sweet and complex aroma. Mouth feel is thick and oily. Very little carbonation. Flavor is sweet with notes of ripe fruits and vanilla ice-cream with some cookies. But also there is distinctive sourness also with fruity notes. Strange that I don’t see it in other RB commentaries. Maybe the new batch went a bit sour ? Anyway the peat comes out in the finish with a clove like dryness and delicate bitterness with notes reminding me seeds from fruits. The beer is nice but won’t be looking for it again.
heman (593) - Tychy, POLAND - AUG 6, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(batch 987: 20.06.2013) Barwa ciemno-brunatna, piana intensywna, ładnie zdobi szkło.
Aromat to zrównoważony miks torfowej wędzonki, suszonych wiśni i czerwonych owoców, melasa.
W smaku bardzo pełne, słodkie i bardzo gładkie, oleiste. Torfowa wędzonka, owoce kandyzowane, figi, daktyle, melasa, przypalony karmel i nuty miodowe. Goryczka średnia, ziołowa, alkohol ułożony, szlachetny rozgrzewający przełyk.
andrepintado (2674) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 26, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle. Dark red copper brown color. Thin brown head. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter. Medium thick body. Aroma is smoke, spices, malt, caramel, chocolate, roasted. Lovely balance.
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a ruby reddish black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is smoke, peat, earth and whisky. Flavor is sugar, smoke, peat, salt, meat. Finish is loads of sugar, oldish. Lingering sugar and smoke. Medium to full body, weak to average carbonation.
UXO (1456) - CANADA - JUL 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: clear amber-brown with a short creamy light tan head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: smoke, dark dried fruit, toffee, light peat. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (8/10) Medium-full slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, off dry slightly astringent smoky and warming finish. (4/5)
Interesting depth and complexity to this one, with restrained smokiness on top of a sweet fruity barleywine base, with a light rye tartness coming out in late in the finish. The ABV is almost non-existent in the flavours, but manifests as a definite warming relative early in the glass. Not subtle, as such, but definitely restrained and polite. A lingering sipper for sure. (16/20)
beer-yum (1295) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting smoky fruit aroma in a cloudy brown black pour. Surprisingly restrained flavor with smoke to the fore - but nicely balanced by the fruity malt body and just a hint of hops. Not really my style (x2 - Barley Wine and/or Smoky) but the complex yet soft/subtle taste of this is not too bad in the end.
PeatyPete (907) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown almost black with beige head. Aroma is smoky, caramel and dark fruit. Silky body. Taste sweet dark malt with smoke and black coffee. Good beer.
MrHangover (3896) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black beer with a small ring of off white head on top. Aroma is slightly peaty, roasty, very malty with a hint of boozy smoke. Flavor is sweet, powerful, a touch of smoke and caramel. Very nicely carbonated, short sweetish aftertaste. Quite nice!!
ZodiacM (797) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Uit de fles geschonken. Mooi rokerig, zoet aroma. Smaken van rook, gerst, hout, wat kruidig. Een mooie Barley Wine met een zacht rokerig accent. Heerlijk.