CheersMate (1313) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Beaumont Market, here in Portland. Hazy, copper appearance. Bits of smoke, smoked meats, leather, and oak provide a wonderful aroma. Itís not too terribly pungent, but pungent enough, so that Iím able to distinguish the aforementioned aromas. Meaty, at first, followed by some oak, but then the malty sweetness kicks in, and melds somewhat well with the former flavors. A bit off-kilter, and taking me into two, what I consider, different directions. Lots of alcohol on the tongue. It is well-hidden, at first, but it is definitely noticeable, to the point of being excruciatingly drawn-out at the end. This caustic alcohol, and bitter flavor just on the back of my tongue, and do absolutely nothing for me. I donít know what it is, but the alcohol and bitterness seem to be drowning out the oak-smoked portion of this beer. Decent stuff, and respectively slick on the tongue.
arojewski (51) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep honey brown with tints of red. Nice smoked aroma, which belies the bite waiting for oneís palate. Definitely an unmistakable barley-wine.
Travlr (15054) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft courtesy of craftycarl21, thank you sir! Clear golden color, fluffy white head. Aroma of subtle smouldering straw and stone fruit. Taste is meaty with a softly burning edge, thick and heavy mouthfeel. Interesting, almost chewy.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a clear blood red color with a moderate, beige, pillowy head which settles to a thin, lasting, froth and leaves similar lace. The nose is predominantly the smoked malt note, very earthy, not overly smoked but masking the other notes; candied raisins, light cherry, molasses, perfumey, and slight citrus. The flavor still hides the malt and hop notes but seems a bit more balanced; candied fruits (raisins, apricots), slight toasty caramel, very oaky, very resinous, still similar smoke, and still very earthy. The palate is quite dry, medium to full, and soft to lively. The finish is mostly bitter with dry oak, resins and earth all over, and the smoke lingering. Not sure where to go with this one... Smoked beers are not really my thing but this one really wasnít overly smoky; however, the smoke and oak notes really mask the base beer. Not that OG is even one of my favorite BWís or Stone beers for that matter, but this one was fairly simple and straightforward for a 12% BW. Ehh.
after4ever (6544) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at sb. Pours a crystal clear medium amber with a dense and rocky tan head. Lots of lace. Sweet bacony nose, light peppery esters woven in. Creamy thick body, sluggish carb. Bacon, toast, and spicy notes on the mid palate. Long dryish finish. Interesting stuff.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of the brewery. Thanks! Pours a deep, dark amber color with high clarity; modest light-tan head with patchy lacing. Lots of vanilla- and oak-laced smoke in the aroma; maybe even some cotton candy esters; the smoke is of the soft and pillowy sort, if a bit burnt around the edges. Medium-full body; moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation; with the bitterness and smoke combined, this is a bit assaultive of the palate; plenty of citrusy, juicy hops at the tip of the tongue, along with plenty of bubble gum, plump vanilla, and the soft wooden character of bright oak; a meaty, robust beer with plenty of heft in the mouth; quite nice, if the oak character is a bit too forward throughout. The mid-palate on is that emphatic smoked oak. Lasting finish of smoky vanillins and light char; some lingering hop bitterness as well.
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours ruby red and clear, with a rough pour a good head and lacing. Aroma is initially smoke and oak then as it warms it takes on a cherry hint with grassy hops. Taste is bitter for a barleywine and follows arom in nuance. palate is a bit thin but not out of style. overall itís an interesting experiment and Iíd bet it ages well. but right now itís a bit all over the place.
arminjewell (8460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, deep, clear ruby red pour with thin slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of smoke, hints of earth, caramel, toffee, slight oak tannins in there, touch of spicy yeast and phenolic notes from the yeast, hints of grass and grainy notes as well. Taste is a mix of dark fruits, oak, smoky bacon notes, caramel, sweet fruits, hints of spicy Belgian yeast notes with a touch of phenols, nice touch of earth, slight booze/warming, finishing very bitter, slightly dry, slightly sweet.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Dark amber red with a creamy off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, oak, smoke, and light vanilla. Tastes of caramel, molasses, and citrus up front followed by tastes of leather and tobacco and finishing with smoke and oak notes. Thick creamy full bodied palate. Nice.
DYCSoccer17 (3459) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this is really nice with a good amount of smoked maltiness. Light underlying vinousness, but the smoke dominates. Transparent orange-amber body with a strong, bubbly yellowish head that produces great lacing. Starts with a light malted caramel sweetness, before some smoke comes in pretty strongly in the middle Light vanilla oakiness is also present. Finishes with a warming, lightly herbal hopped, ethanol flavor. Pretty good stuff. Could probably use some time, and that might fade the smokiness, though.