glennmastrange (2666) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Heavy roasted and caramel for the malt, moderate cooked orange for the hops, light to moderate leather for the yeast, with date, smoke, wood and toffee in the background. Head is small, creamy, off-white with a few spots of lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear copper. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and has a heavy to harsh lingering bitterness. Palate is medium to full, oily with a soft to lively carbonation and finishes heavily to harshly alcoholic, very dry and somewhat chewy. Powerful verging on harsh in some spots, but the complexity of this Barley Wine is awesome.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Rating #184. Clear dark copper pour with a nice beige head. Rich toffee and caramel with a bit of piney hops. Bitter up front with a lasting aftertaste, getting a little oak but not much smoke. Not bad. (2723)
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Clear dark amber color. Smoke aroma. Light feel in mouth. Smoke taste and not much else.
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Stone tap takeover at Crunchy's. Lots of smoked meat aromas. Dominates the aroma. Sweet but smoky flavor.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a dark honey-amber color with an enormous foamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was tangy and fruity with a touch of hickory. The flavor was sweet yet bitter with a strong orange presence and light notes of grapefruit, wood and smoke. A bit sour underneath. Long orange, wood and smoke finish. Medium body. Interesting.
wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 fl oz / 650mL bottle into a tulip. Served cool.
Aroma: Boozy like regular OG, but incredibly smoky. Smoky. Meaty. Woody. Oak-y.
Appearance: A translucent dark red. Not as amber-y as regular OG; more of a dark red.
Taste: Smoky meat on arrival. Transitions to and finishes on smooth, rich malt. Hop bitterness throughout. This one about knocked me on my back. Incredible depth.
Palate: Rich and full. Flavors linger a long time. A very long time. Definitely a warmer.
Overall: Incredible beer. The malty character is pretty equal to that of regular OG, and the hop profile isn’t as present because of the strong smoky flavor, but this one is really good if you like strong, smoky beers.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’m just not a fan of smoke beers....from what I understand this one was made well, but I don’t go for it. Smoke dominates the flavor...not the usual hop monster.
hayduke (4925) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a pleasant surprise at the esbls tasting in Wood River IL that I was fortunate to join. Poured a clear ruby color with a frothy tan head. Nose is caramel malts, some smoke, woody, and some raisins . Taste is bitter with lots of malts and some smoke. Very good.
Theis (15149) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Antenna America, Yokohama - RBJG#2. Clear amber/brown - offwhite head. Sweetness, nice oakey, ryebread, nutty, nice smokey, sweetness, ok hoppy, some sharpness, lovely smooth.
dwyerpg (5640) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, this is quite tasty as a standard barleywine. Unfortunately, I don’t get very much smoke at all and just a little bit of oak...so, disappointed by the name but still enjoyed the beer.