sonnycheeba (3554) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours dark amber with ruby highlights and average, creamy beige head; short retention and decent lacing. Aroma is roast malts, earthy hops, chocolate, figs, raisins, smoke, and some oak. Flavor is sweet malts forward followed quickly by earthy and floral hops with dark fruit esters, smoke, and oak; dry, lightly bitter finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.
zizzybalubba (1417) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Brownish-orange pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of smoke, caramel malt, and faint citrus. After this sits for even a few seconds the smoke overwhelms all of the other aromas. Interesting flavor of smoky malts and piney hops. Smoke and alcohol linger on the palate. Good and interesting. Iím really looking forward to revisiting this one in a year or two to see what develops...Update August 17, 2014. Tonight I am drinking a bottle that is approximately 18 months old. The smoke is much more tame and blends extremely well with the still assertive bitter hops and sturdy malt backbone. My original score is based off of the fresh bottle. If this were my first rating of this beer it would be closer to a 4.5 overall.
NikkTwist (1624) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Tattooed Mom. Clear strong amber with a lasting foamy head that left lace. Rich barleywine. The smoke element jumped right out even before I read the description. Burnt oranges. Medium-full body. Smooth finish. Nice and unusual.
EtTuCthulhu (1047) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is light with hints of smoke and hops, and the appearance combines a auburn color with a large off-white head. The taste is quite bitter, mildly umami, and slightly sweet, and the palate fuses a long, bitter and astringent finish, soft carbonation, full body, and a sticky texture.
bluejacket74 (1318) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a long time. Thereís also a lot of lacing. The aroma is nice, it smells mostly like smoked malt/meats, and thereís also some cherry, caramel and oak noticeable, too. It tastes like smoked malt/meats, caramel, oak, citrusy and pine hops, toffee, bready malt, and a bit of booze, chocolate and cherry cough syrup. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty easy for an 11.4% ABV beer. Iím a fan of this brew, Iíll have to pick up another bottle soon. A pretty good deal for $7.99 a bottle.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with a ridiculous back label. Pours with a clear orange to bronze hued body . Off white head lasts. Aroma is smoky, maple, toasty, caramel, alcohol, malty. Low hops, smoky. Flavors are extremely bitter and tannic, smokey, soil, earth. Tons of tannin. Mild ester including some isoamyl acetate (banana). Bready malt, low hops and some alcohol. Extremely rough. Bacon. Massively bitter finish . Fuller carbonation and body, rough and warming finish.
Beerenberger (1442) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of vanilla with a touch of citrus. Pours a dark amber with rapidly dissipating white head and no lacing. The taste is a "softer rounder" version of the original Old Guardian. Peat, astringency, alcohal, and wood which seem to present themselves as you begin to swallow. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall, an equally enjoyable after dinner sipper. Good job Stone.
Peacehammer (621) - California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
typical copper, with one finger head. Crystal malts on the nose, and a distinct smoke aroma, not the bacon-meat type, but more a wood aroma. Big malt, and bitter hops up front. The oak smoke notes take over after. Leaving bitter, sort of charred characteristics on the end of the palette. Some lingering manageable smokiness. The smoke tones have really evened out the hops nicely. What a great variation.
haddon90 (1466) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Simply amazing. Pours a dark copper color with a smooth, creamy off white head. Nice toffee aroma with a hint of oak ages berries. Very powerful smoked flavor with a nice sweet finish. It is not overpowering, but you can sense the 12%. Very good balance and very impressive.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from AVe, aroma is some very sweet malt and booze. Taste is a lot of piney hops and some caramel, quite harsh and bit of a mess.
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