tfredvik (1179) - 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]
radiomgb (2321) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Mahogany, thin tan head, light lace. Aroma of alcohol, sweet, caramel, malty.
Flavour is quite sweet, malty, caramel, some smoke, alcohol. Warming mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes quite warm, long, malty.
A little unbalanced, quite hot. Good but not great.
rondphoto (2191) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle A Party Town / Florence KY --- Cloudy dark brown, beige rim head, streaks of lace. Aroma of smoky malt. Taste is malt that has a burst of sweet early on, but reveals smoke on the swallow. The sweet malt returns for a curtain call in the finish. Solid brew, solid smoke (but never overpowering). Recommended.
pkomar (118) - Poznan, POLAND - NOV 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank it a couple of times, review combined (current+from notes). Aroma of pumpernickel bread, smoked ham, dried fruits with a note of honey. A bit of regional polish smoked cheese - oscypek in the background as well. Very strong and complex. Taste is definitely sweet, but it has a bit of bitterness as a counter. Maybe a tad too sweet, but the complexity of this beer is very good.
Low carbonation, alcohol hidden perfectly - hard to believe it has 11%. Overall it’s a great beer, but it could use a year or 2 of refermentation to convert this sweetness.
Hammy78 (762) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle given to me by my wife for Father’s Day. Pours a light cola colour, super fluffy off white head, tons of lace. Nose is smokey, but not overpowering. Sweet malts. Tastes really sweet, a little spicy, the smokiness is strong at first then fades and becomes quite enjoyable. This is not my favourite style, but they did a great job.
Westchesterco (1059) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle it is a clear amber color with a slight head. The aroma is shoe polish the taste is a smokey Gouda with a residual flavor of shoe polish. Hmmmm
Iphonephan (3534) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 50 cl bottle. Pours a clear cola brown with an ecru head. Smoky aroma. Flavors of caramel and peat. Pretty well disguised boozy finish.
radagast83 (4925) - 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 (182) - 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 (6031) - 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 (3344) - 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.