tfredvik (1150) - 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]
YantarCoast (131) - 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 (5975) - 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 (3263) - 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.
cnesmark (23) - NORWAY - SEP 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 50 cl, Vinmonopolet. Rye, dried fruits, smoke. Thick, pours like thin syrup. Dark brown, yet not opaque. Title is appropriate - this beer is suitable for when the sun turns.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
BMessiah (5) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours into glass in dark cola colour, very little quickly disappearing head and a little yeast residue. Smells strongly smoky, salty liquorice and a hint of banana. Tastes very smoky and salty, mixed with some berries. Aforementioned tastes hide behind roughly everything else. Salty smoke dominates the palate. Quite unique beer, but not the way I like to consume my barley wine.
daje (2556) - NORWAY - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of smoked bacon, fruit, roasted malt, banana. Taste is pretty smoky too, with tar, ashes, licorice, raisin, herbs, quite massive and complex.
Andrus86 (42) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOTTLE. Shared. Poured a muddy brown with the aroma of burnt tires, got the taste of smoked bacon & bbq sauce, was like a meal buy the end of it!
Sourced from Cellarbrations @ Capel
Desverger (2157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BarleyWine, CPH - fuzzy brown pour with a big beige head. Aroma is smokey malty, aroma and taste of bready toasty malty, dark dried fruit, caramel, treacle, wooden notes. Abit more smoke than was expecting.
Rangi (594) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark murky brown poor with a thin head. Nice lasting aroma of smoke, smokey peat. Taste is smooth, slightly thick and syrupy. Quiet sweet. Very good over all. Really enjoying this wee sweet smokey syrupy beverage.
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from LCBO. Grainy cereal grain pumpernickel aroma with promise of ethanol. Cloudy ruddy dark brown under a persistent, beige, lacy blanket. Smoky, boozy flavour that is sticky sweet and quite phenolic (smoky) with moderate bitterness. Cloying sweet finish, moderate carbonation, full body.