tfredvik (630) - 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]
Fspirit (21) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost no head. Sweet smoke, fruits and caramell on the nose. Taste is smoke, fruit, sugary brown caramell, smoked meat, biltong with a little bitternes in the end. I really love this, it’s one of my favorite local beers.
MF666 (148) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mørk brun. Lys brun tæt skum, duft af rød, bitter, røgsmag, cremet, bitter eftersmag
gEUS (587) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle at home - served in an oversized wine glass. Pours dark red brown with a greyish hue, small faint off white head. Aroma is smoked indeed, some typical Islay peat as well, cherries, rhum. Medium body with sweetsour taste, alcohol burn in the end. No carbonation. Aftertaste is smokey. Taste is plums, smoked malt. Okay I guess.
LookMomNoHands (1060) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl. bottle. Batch # 749A. Deep red-brown colour, thin tan head. Sweet aroma with a hearthy amount of caramel malts, leather, dark, dried fruits, hints of alcohol. Citrus hops and smoked ham. Complex aroma. Sweet and smoked taste. Full body and a thick feel. Finishes long lasting sweet with smoke, alcohol, spices and leather. A smoked Barley Wine sounds basically like a good idea, that would give you a complex, "high-octane" beer. However, this one lacks a bit more bitterness to be really great. Still a very good beer.
Lilja (952) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smak och doft av torkad frukt, fikon, karamell, plommom, hjortron, och malt. Barley wine känsla, söt, oljig i konsistensen. Utebliven rök och en aning sötsliskig men med en bra beska.
cards04 (827) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark caramel colour with some sediment and nice lacing. Strong aromas of smoke, campfire, meat and some sweetness. Tastes like smoked meat and caramel, charred wood as well. Very interesting beer. This is certainly nfot my favourite style but I can appreciate a good beer when I taste one. And for a smoked beer, this is a great one.
davidm (1777) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from BlackHearts&Sparrows. Great Xmas ale, strong but balanced. Aromas of smoke, caramel, wood, hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.
Vignale (1371) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska från SB, bryggd 2010, Norge-provningen. Nästan ingen rök alls i doften, istället typiska barley wine dofter, söt malt, hjortron, torkad frukt. Smaken är len, söt och lite oljig, mycket torkad frukt och hjortron och en liten beska och tvist från den lilla rökmalt som fortfarande märks en liten aning. Hur som helst en utmärkt barley wine. Mycket god.
shoulderbroken (1145) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at CBM Jinbocho. Dark red brown colour, not much head. Aroma is full on smoky, meaty. Little bit of fruitiness swamped somewhere in there, and bit of booze. Taste is bbq sauce, slight bitterness, touch of booze, but hides the % quite well. Nice and smooth. As is my usual way with smoked beers, quite like them, but one is enough.
SlackerMads (528) - DENMARK - MAR 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky brown with some sediment floating around. Small off white head, that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is peat, forest after rainfall, caramel, earthy bark, light rye bread. Taste is near heavy sweet and light+ bitter. Near full body, oily texture, near flat carbonation. Unique brew, and I like the label.