tfredvik (1416) - 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]
mtnw (16) - POLAND - JUL 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 500ml. Dark brown with small beige head. Micro lacing after 20-30 minutes. Solid gravity, pretty smoked, roasty aroma. Corresponding carbonation, masked alcohol. Perfect for cold evenings to drink from any glass you can warm with hands.
Hermod (4354) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap@ taphouse. Dark brown, mahogany, thin off white head. Heavy smoke, meat, wood, tar in aroma. Flavor has licorice, tar, smoked wood. Thick, heavy and massive. The smoke is awesome here.
ruigo (1603) - PORTUGAL - JUN 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle. Deep brown colour with a tan head. Smoke, caramel and toffee in the aroma. Soft carbonation and medium body. Taste is a bit aggressive at first with some smoked notes but balanced with some sweet fruity notes. A bitter finish. Overall, a good beer that takes a while to appreciate.
PriorL (2775) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small S&G tasting.
APPEARANCE: clear brown beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: peated, chocolate, fruity.
TASTE: peated, chocolate, fruity, oké
Maakun (1525) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to kermis. Dark reddish brown with short lasting off white head. Raisins, smoked ham, red wine, light cognac, sour red berries, black berries, light raw green vegetables. Brown sugar and dark brown bread. Quite sweet with a tart touch and light bitter finish. Medium to full bodied with slight booze. Quite nice.
kermis (6966) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Pours murky brown with a tan head. Aroma is big smokey upfront with caramel, peat, toffee, sweet malt and a touch of overripe dark fruit. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Quite nice but too high alcohol.
deanso (6580) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
Thin creamy off white head. Smokey aroma. Clear burgundy pour. Smokey taste. Pretty good.
Werthergoethe (145) - Moscow, RUSSIA - MAY 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
отлично& копчено& пиво, копчены& аромат, во вкусе копчено& солод. высокий градус не ощущает& пьется достато& легко.
Dominik92 (48) - 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 (426) - 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.