patricks110 (1487) - Alberta, - AUG 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a dark brown nearly black with a finger of tan head that forms a neat layer atop the body. the nose has big smoked and peated notes with earthen and woody notes. A big resinous barley wine flavor with tons of smoked Malts, roasted notes and a hint of hop. Overall a nice beer with warmth and pungency on the finish. The smoked notes aren't too intense, but delicious enough.
matt7215 (2081) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from the lcbo. Deep brown lasting tan head. Huge malty smokey aroma. Very complex and inviting. The flavour is good but too sweet for it own good. This is a sipper.
Wischylini (67) - Sandvika, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a fairly clear mahogany, with no head at all. The aromas on the nose are intense, with a dark and heavy top note of dried fruits and leather, and smoke. The aromas that develop in the mouth are intense, with more fruit, leather, smokiness, liqourice, peatiness reminiscent of scotch, earth and wood. The taste is very sweet, yet has an astringent finish, there’s also some saltiness in there. The palate is thick, heavy and mildly carbonated. With lots of aromas, a powerful taste, a thick palate and a high ABV (although not noticeable on the taste), this makes for a complex beer that is very easy to find interesting, but hard to find enjoyable.
chris__hartley (259) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours mahogany (almost opaque) with ruby highlights; the head is beige and foamy. The aroma has notes of: figs, charcoal, cedar smoke, leather, dark rye bread, and licorice. The taste is heavy sweat that finishes medium bitter; there are notes of: the aforementioned aroma notes, and orange-zest. The palate is full bodied, has low carbonation, is sticky and thick, and has a medium finish. Overall, a delicious malt bomb - it’s been a while since I’ve had such a non hoptified barely wine (so much better).
MunBro (29) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Tried it out about a year ago. It kind of smelled like "the great outdoors’" and by that I mean mud and a hint of campfire. I agree with the previous reviews, I definitely remember this beer being "interesting" - but I definitely don’t remember it being good. Might have to re-rate in the future now that I’ve further developed my palate and might appreciate the flavor profile and high alcohol content more.
wilderthanyou (718) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark mahogany, with a an inch of sticky light beige head. The aroma is sweet and smokey, very smokey, sweet carmalized notes. The flavour is also very smoked, carmalized, sweet, nutty. A long smokey sweet finish. I find the complexity kind of ineffable. I like it, big, solid brew.
Spab (1998) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a dark, slightly orangey brown with large light tan head with good retention. Aroma is quite smoky and peaty with some sweet fruit underneath. Candied sugar and vinous fruit more apparent in taste, but still lots of peat and smoke. Alcohol dangerously subtle. Quite unusual - not something I’d drink in volume (and good thing given the ABV) but impresses all the same.
Gethinbeer (2028) - 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 (27) - 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 (1120) - 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 (1680) - 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.