haddon90 (1562) - Costa Mesa, California, 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 (2079) - 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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savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Clear deep amber with a small thick off white head. Aroma of toffee, smokey campfire, fruity esters and grain. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, smooth smoke, bitter hops and some alcohol warming. Medium body with a soft smoith mouth feel. I like this, the smoke is a nice touch and it seems like the hops were scaled back, which works good in this one.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright amber-orange in color with an off-white head, this is a really beautiful beer. The aroma is of a soft Old Guardian with a touch of light smoke. It’s quite shocking in the mouth, with such a unique flavor palate that you’d almost never guess this was an Old Guardian at heart.
A warm, smoky, almost pepper-like flavor sneaks in up front, followed by a sweet, almost candy-like flavor, and finally finishing with a soft, slightly woody flavor that delivers a bitter clutching sensation in the throat and such an acute smoky bite on the tongue and in the sinuses that you’d think there was capsaicin in this. It’s all-around incredibly balanced, offering a different experience every step of the way. There’s a touch of sweetness that persists through the drink, but it’s well-balanced with the rest of the beer.
\This beer makes me happy. It’s not over-smoked, over-oaked, over-sweet, over-alcoholic, or over-anything. It’s wonderful.
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Venti’s South. Sweet malty barley wine background with oranges and pine up front. Light smoke and no oak. Flavors did not mesh but might given time to age. Bitter finish.
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22ozer last bottle on shelf
color, dark amber, decent head, warm color
aroma, wow, like a bbq, also sweet esters mixed with straight up malt
taste, frontal hit of mellow oak smoke, then the malt cresends to a high point of textuerd masterpiece
overall, awesome, will buy again
bigguns22 (728) - Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drinking with twindog. Aroma is malty and sweet. Flavors are full body,bitter,smokey and caramel. Lingers on the palate and is a great beer to pair with a full body cigar.
raphael (1022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I know no meat was used in making this beer (though with Stone anything’s possible) but I smell smoked ham coated in brown sugar--smoke, sweet, charred fat, & cloves (just a week ‘til Easter.) the oak smoke flavor less meaty but just as rich, add toffee, lumber-ish hops, & alcohol, very well-balanced. finish bitter & sticky. the smoke seems to linger in my mouth. What a great beer and experience!
Narnad (1504) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby-orange color with a huge, creamy, light tan head. Very clean look to it. Aroma has a very strong citrus orange, light smoke with hints of peat, toasted malt, light caramel malt sweetness and a little bit of pine and grassy hops at the finish. Flavor starts off with a modest smoke wood flavor early with a modest bitterness in the middle - grassy, light orange comes through most. Body is oily, heavy and has low carbonation with a light amount of alcohol coming through ( I would never have guessed it was 12%). A very tasty brew as a whole. The smoke is there but works very well with hops malt in the brew.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a nice reddish brown color with a medium off-white head that has good retention. The aroma features toffee malts and some smoke. The flavor, like the aroma, is toffee malt forward with light smoke playing second fiddle, besides toffee and light smoke; I get some grains, nuts and white fruits. The palate is full and viscous with soft carbonation. The finish is long and dry with lingering bitter filberts. Overall: Glad to see this is a classified as a barleywine, because the smoke character is way in the background--to the point that I might have missed it had I not been looking for it. As a barleywine I quite enjoyed this, as a smoked beer I was somewhat disappointed.