tfredvik (910) - 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]
TET (1402) - FINLAND - MAR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A colablack beer with a dense, medium and beige head. The nose is strongly smoky with peat, also nice sweetness, liquirice and some salt liquirice. Intensive, rough but tastefull aroma. Taste is powerfull, strong smoke and peat but not too dominating, lots of salt liquirice. Quite strong sweetness that’s balancing the peat. The end is smoky with some coffee. Full bodied, low carbonation, smooth. Powerfull, peat and smoky beer, challenging but also rewarding.
bjerkeaa (132) - NORWAY - MAR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely dark amber pour. Small tan head. Aroma of clean firewood, some sugar. Taste is sweet, with bitter mid- and aftertaste.
tderoeck (4012) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
28/II/14 - 50cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - BB: 11/XII/14, bottled: 11/XII/09 (2014-228)
Note: tasted side by side with the Bourbon B.A. version.
Clear dark purple brown beer, small irregular beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, very sweet, dried fruits, bit smoky, soapy touch. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: lots of caramel, sugary, sweet, bit sourish, very fruity, more sweetness, little bitter. Aftertaste: little smoky, caramel, dried fruits, more smoke, peated almost. Very pleasant brew!
MattiasA (362) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog. Smokey with some sour red wine hence dark fruits and some smokey notes like peat.
angel77 (447) - oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Botella de 50 cl en el lúpulo, varias veces en septiembre y octubre de 2013. La ultima del lote 903a de 21-12-2012 hasta 20-12-2017. increíble norwegian ale ahumada con intensos sabores tostados y quemados con fuertes toques ahumados. Dominio de las maltas nórdicas notandose el carácter rustico del centeno. Cuerpo intenso, vol 11 vol que se notan de principio a fin. Muy muy recomendable e imprescindible repetir.
MRMedellin (130) - Bogota, COLOMBIA - FEB 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the more complex beer I have tried so far. When is poured you can see a dark brown - red beer with a stable head. The aroma is really hard to explain, the regular aromas are not found, instead of that a blue cheese, woody, and wine notes like Cabernet Sauvignon are felt.
When is tasted a smoked sensation is felt, but at the same time the alcohol finds a balance with the wine notes, giving you the idea of a perfect mix between a wine and a whiskey, but with a small alcohol degrees. Also has a full body, soft carbonation, long and bitter finish. I think is not the beer to be drunk alone, you should have something to eat to increase the sensation.
cattaneopapa (89) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black colour. Aroma is smokey with notes of some strange smoked meat aroma and a hint of dark fruits. The taste matches the aroma. It has a light body with lively carbonation. Leaves a nicce sweet palate.
sir__v (464) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with a friend at home. Color: dark brown beer with small carbonation and small brown foam. Smell: peat domination with malt taste and malt and herbal taste. Taste: oily sensation with peat explosion and malt taste. Aftertaste: malty and peaty taste.
Geiserich (3083) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Aroma is malty, light sweet with hints of fruits and a dominant smoke note. Very dark brown color with a brownish head. Flavor is malty, full bodied, light sweet, fruity with notes of rum plums and intensive smoky with notes of burnt wood, barrels and some bacon. End is roasted bitter and also smoky. Intensive, round and very good.
MojKufelekPL (46) - Wrocław, POLAND - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 Ciemne, brązowe piwo o ciekawym, słodkim i wędzonym aromacie. W smaku cała gama smaków od cukierkowej słodyczy, poprzez bardzo intensywne aromaty wędzonego sera, na suszonych owocach kończąc. Świetne, pełne w smaku, gęste, rozgrzewające piwo do degustacji małymi łyczkami.