Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, - JUL 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A cloudy dark brown beer with a small. frothy, lacing, moslty diminishing, off-white/light brown head. The aroma is moderately malty and lightly hoppy, with notes of toasted grain, caramel, herbs, spruce, juniper, mint, smoke and alcohol. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, long finish with light bitterness, moderately alcoholic. Perhaps a bit sticky/syrupy, but complex and original. Smoke is quite evident ibìn both aroma and especially taste and it reminds me of the famous Norwegian smoked salmon, which maybe doesn’t sound good, but it’s actually tasty. very spicy and "minty" as well. Good, fun and challenging stuff.
andrepintado (2628) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 26, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle. Dark red copper brown color. Thin brown head. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter. Medium thick body. Aroma is smoke, spices, malt, caramel, chocolate, roasted. Lovely balance.
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a ruby reddish black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is smoke, peat, earth and whisky. Flavor is sugar, smoke, peat, salt, meat. Finish is loads of sugar, oldish. Lingering sugar and smoke. Medium to full body, weak to average carbonation.
UXO (1406) - CANADA - JUL 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: clear amber-brown with a short creamy light tan head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: smoke, dark dried fruit, toffee, light peat. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (8/10) Medium-full slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, off dry slightly astringent smoky and warming finish. (4/5)
Interesting depth and complexity to this one, with restrained smokiness on top of a sweet fruity barleywine base, with a light rye tartness coming out in late in the finish. The ABV is almost non-existent in the flavours, but manifests as a definite warming relative early in the glass. Not subtle, as such, but definitely restrained and polite. A lingering sipper for sure. (16/20)
beer-yum (1263) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting smoky fruit aroma in a cloudy brown black pour. Surprisingly restrained flavor with smoke to the fore - but nicely balanced by the fruity malt body and just a hint of hops. Not really my style (x2 - Barley Wine and/or Smoky) but the complex yet soft/subtle taste of this is not too bad in the end.
PeatyPete (873) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown almost black with beige head. Aroma is smoky, caramel and dark fruit. Silky body. Taste sweet dark malt with smoke and black coffee. Good beer.
MrHangover (3864) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black beer with a small ring of off white head on top. Aroma is slightly peaty, roasty, very malty with a hint of boozy smoke. Flavor is sweet, powerful, a touch of smoke and caramel. Very nicely carbonated, short sweetish aftertaste. Quite nice!!
ZodiacM (764) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Uit de fles geschonken. Mooi rokerig, zoet aroma. Smaken van rook, gerst, hout, wat kruidig. Een mooie Barley Wine met een zacht rokerig accent. Heerlijk.
humpah (98) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,5l bottle at home bought from Firmabier, brewed 19.12.2014. Pours brown to black colour with good amount of thick head. Aroma has smoked ham, caramel, malts, peat. Taste is medium to full body, nice smoky sweetness, lasting aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Hard to know it’s 11% ABV.
bobroman (823) - Torun, POLAND - MAY 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 17.04.16. Great aroma of dried fruits, reisins, caramel and burned malts. Small head disappearing to thin layer. Clear burgund-brown colour. Intensive liquor maltiness in taste with perfectly hidden alcohol with noticeable, well-balanced bitterness. Very pleasant barley wine, but where is smokiness?
czar (7484) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours unclear dark brown, red-purple tint, with a creamy light beige cap, creamy lacing. sweet red toasted maltienss, red fruitiness, iodine, peat, sweetness - raspberry juice and other plain sugars; ine, umami, minerals. moderately low carbonation, medium to full body, cloying smoky finish. intriguing/potent smoked berries aroma. ends up like a cloying mess.