prawlie (1154) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at Beer Revolution in Oakland. Red-brown with a nice head. Light zesty dried fruit aroma. Remarkably smooth for beer of this strength. Not quite as spectacular as I’d hoped though.
Tmoney99 (10816) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear ruby brown with an average frothy tan head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate complex smoke, caramel, vanilla wood and dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Solid dark fruit smoked sweet flavor with a medium to hesvy complex sweet smoke finish of moderate to long duration. This is a smooth complex solid beer
jcos (1559) - Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on 4/15/2013.
Appearance: Pours a medium clear red-brown caramel.
Aroma: Aroma of smoked malt
Taste: Smokey, some sweetness from caramel, faint bitterness.
Palate:Medium light body, light lingering aftertaste.
Summary: As a big fan of smoke beers(and the only person I know who enjoys them), I really liked this one. Pairing a smoke beer with a barleywine is a bit different than traditional smoke beers but I really enjoyed it.
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013-04-12. Crisp dark amber body, dark modest beige head. 3+ Aroma is fairly smokey, toasty malt with hints of caramel. 6+ Flavour is similar with a healthy amount if smoke, nice malty core. The malt and smoke blend well together, alcohol grows as you go, bitterness grows eventually overtaking the smoke a fair bit. Average plus palate nice carbonation. 3+ Need to drink it steadily to keep the smoke in the background, which at this strength could end badly! Well made, smoke lovers will enjoy it but for me I just want more of the base beer. Bottle shared by
brenn79 (1545) - Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours dark ruby red with a thin tan head that reduces kind of quickly. Aroma is moderate campfire smoke, malt, some pepper or other spices, the smoke could be more assertive. The taste is creamy, very hoppy, wood, smoke could be more prominent again, it is there, just mellow and blended with the rest of the beer (as it warmed the smoke did present itself). Body is huge, mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is medium. Overall I liked it, I do think some age on this would do it wonders.
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to hogtownharry. Deep orange amber pour. The nose is rich and smoky with a little bit of light pale malt. A bit of pepper and some rich hoppiness. Intensely hopped with a bit of light fruitiness and some very aggressive bitterness. I’d love to see it age for a bit - it’s a bit brash.
poisoneddwarf (1726) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. 2013 Odd Year Release. Pours a pretty hazy amber with a medium beige head with decent retention; leaves some cobwebby lace. Aroma is smoky (fairly mild compared to say, a Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbier), mild dark fruits, tobacco/leather, wood. Taste starts out lightly sweet and savory before quickly turning bitter and remaining that way through the long licorice-tinged finish. Body is very full, mouthfeel creamy, carbonation average for style. Really good, but maybe not as good as I was hoping. I think it will be better in a year, and luckily I have an extra bottle to see what happens.
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
my 22oz bottle shared with blankboy, mabel, jercraigs, radek and joemcphee. Bubbly copper, clear, large foamy lasting off-white head. Light smoke, grain, alcohol - ehh on the taste. Huge hop bitteness, much smokier, ash, alcohol, more alcohol - yumm, but big. Slick, bitter, boozy, decent carbonation, incredibly long finish. Big. Did I say big?
TheHOFF43 (1756) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark copper with some off white head. More like a rauchbier aroma and flavor. Lots of woody smoke, probably too much. Cant even tell its a barley wine. Disappointed in this one.
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: orange-amber pour with medium sized off-white head. Aroma is campfire with with malt and cooked sausage. Flavor is thick with sweet malt, a bit of apricot, smoke, and has a punch of bitter grapefruit. For me this beer was ok, but the smokiness was distracting and overpowering.