JoeMcPhee (9244) - 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 (2226) - 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 (6374) - 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 (2015) - 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 (674) - 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.
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep red-orange, minimal off white head that leaves some nice looking lacing. toffee, oak, citrus, smoke, alcohol, earth. very bitter, medium sweetness, umami. full body, thick and creamy feel, lots of alcohol burn, very dry, astringent finish. it’d do well with some age to mellow out the overwhelming hops
TURDFERGUSON (4039) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Beer Study. 2013. Pours deep amber with a medium sized off white head. Nose is oaky, light meaty smoke, booze, burnt caramel, toffee. Flavor is similar, the oak and booze sorta take over here, booze is also noticeable but that’s normal with OG. Okay and less overly sweet than many BW’s on the market these days which I am thankful for.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Proof. Ruby pour with a frothy tan head. Ashy, earthy, charred aroma with toffee, burnt sugars and molasses. Lots of smokey ashiness up front with sweet caramel, cherry cough syrup and toffee malts lingering in the background. Medium bodied with alcohol coming through in the finish. A bit harsh, but I think be pretty nice in a few years.
b33r (830) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with small cream head and messy oily lacing. Aroma and flavor have rich caramel malts and a deep smokiness with a nice bitter finish. Smooth now but might be better in a couple years.
jonno (2441) - JAPAN - APR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too smokey, but definitely a bit oakey. The hop assault is doned down, and you get some stone fruit, bread, caramel, toffee and a hop finish. Nice, but doesn’t do as much with 11% as it should. A bit of time perhaps.