tfredvik (1296) - 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]
Dominik92 (47) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Aroma: pedro ximenez cherry, dried fruits as plums, raisins and apricot, woody, vanilla, smoke, clove, alcohol, black color with frothy Brown head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long sweet finish with smoked raisins and plums notes.
ChrisSc (369) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle int tulip. Minneapolis. Bottle aged 2 years.
Pours rootbeer brown. Opaque. Some floating matter. Off white head.
Aroma is heavy peat smoke like scotch, leather, tobacco.
Taste is sweet, especially upfront. Finishes with mild bitterness.
Body is medium. Soft carbonation. Medium length finish.
A really interesting bottle to try. The combination of smoke and sweetness is different.
bartlebier (2382) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught pint@Nøgne Ø Tap Takeover, Red Hot, München 03/2015. Not medicinal Laphroig or Lagavulin, but gentle Scottish torf and peat on well-rounded deep dark malts set the stage for a confident, machoish composition of worn-in shoe leather, earthy musk, well-cured beef, beef jerky, tobacco leaf versus submerged Sachertorte. Despite all that: very smooooooth stuff. Få le fære!
belgis (242) - LATVIA - MAR 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fireplace in your nose. Smells like boat in the summer. Very very dense. Speechless . taste so deep. One sip last soon long. Can’t feel alcohol! Soo good!
Bov (10117) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
from la Mise en Bière - pours a very dark brown beer with a little beige foam left; fairly smokey aroma, malty and with notes of leather, cloves and tobacco; full-bodied and with a solid sweetness overwhelmed by a strong bitterness, fairly umami; quite dry and long smokey finish with more notes of tobacco and unfortunately also eugenol (dentists cabinet flavors) - hard to know what to make of this one
Stuu666 (5559) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is smoky, caramel, fruity, taste is similar, dry.
Florya (612) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
How: Bottle. Appearance: Deep brown color, tan head Aroma: malt, smoke, meat. . Palate: medium to full body, long finish
fugitive (1509) - Athens, GREECE - JAN 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Color dark brown with small white head. Aroma leather. roasted, malt, spiced. Taste bitter, roasted, roasted, smoked.
Rammer (315) - Moscow, RUSSIA - DEC 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer smoky. Creosote and coal burnt aroma, smoky flavor. This porter brewed over a campfire. Specifically, but liked it.
aleigator (365) - GERMANY - DEC 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark, murky mahogany color, with a small, soon fading head.
Smells of smoked, slightly salted toffeeish malts, among bakers chocolate, molasses, honey and a hint of floral hops.
Starts earthy, almost dusty, then turns sweeter, due to the toffeeish, slightly toasted malts which embrace a cane sugary smokiness. The smoke is unexpected sweet and finds its balance in a salty whiff, as well as heavy, wooden notes. The predominant sweetness gets countered by an earthy, slick bitterness, which finishes with smoky ham, and warm, slightly spiced old wood.