tfredvik (799) - 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]
Gethinbeer (2025) - Musky, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep mahogany colour with a frothy off white head and clinging lace. Roasted, smoked malt aroma. Quite a peaty, earthy seaweed influence. Smoked seaweed roasted damp, dirty campfire flavour. Syrup texture. Overall very tasty but a weird brew.
4theluvofbeer (25) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper pour, tan head. The aroma really hits you -> SMOKE. Dry fruits and peaty taste ...VERY sweet. A unique beer but not something I would look for again. The taste lacks the punch of the aroma...
allmyvinyl (1011) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle shared at home. Pours dark brown with A LOT of floaters! Nice white head saves it from getting a 2 for appearance. Big smokey aromas, boozy notes, as you might expect from something this strong, then caramelized orange and burnt raisins. Nutty too. Big beer. Full-bodied, creamy texture, good chewy finish that you need to think about for a bit before opening something else, or passing out.
Niko100 (1672) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoked bacon, some caramel/maple, & campfire; Flavor of smoky malt, caramel, hops, chocolate, fruit, and some coffee; Warm finish; Very interesting and good.
Atheist_Peace (853) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dank, opaque, brown/orange pour with minimal head that leaves a thin ring of lace.
Antiseptic smoke is the first thought that comes to mind of the nose. You can feel complexity under that weird medicinal campfire smell but it can’t quite break free. There’s something decidedly peaty about it too...scotchy. Maybe that’s where the hospital note is coming from.
That complexity breaks free all over the palate. The smoke is mixed with some spice and cooked fruit, integrated beautifully. There’s a nice full mouth feel with dangerously well hidden alcohol.
ThirstyBird (761) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - NOV 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy mahogany with a tan head. The smell is big sweet fruit, charcoal, peat, campfire. The taste is vinous, tart, charcoal, peat, dry and fruity aftertaste. Medium body and mild carbonation.
freretoc (171) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bu en bouteille de 50cl, couleur noire et très peu de mousse. une odeur de feutre forte et un côté cuir. En bouche la tourbe prend la bouche et reste très trop ? en longueur...
Renobob (71) - - NOV 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur noir foncé, nez de feutre et de fumée. Beaucoup de corps et tourbe très présente en bouche.
StilleStorm (224) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
DAA; Batch 903-B 2012. Pours dark, cloudy amber with large , medium lasting, lacing tan head. Nose is filled with smokey, malty campfire with roasted dark and tropic fruits. Flavour is much the same, adding coffee with roasted caramell and spices. Sticky texture with lasting campfire breath and warmth.
banii (219) - Trondheim, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #400 (2008). A treat! Oily and hardcore. Smoky licorice and chocolate. Smoke, ash and some bogg. Loved the 2008 vintage - newer wintages pale in comparison. Score based on #400