ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz bottle poured into a cute little snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful looking rusty copper color. The head is a two finger light yellow shade. I’m really impressed by the head’s retention considering how big it is.
S: This is one that needs to open up. At first, the smell is almost too minute in most aspects. Soon afterwards, waves of light smoke, caramel malts, dark fruit sweetness, and resiny hops hit the nose. As likable as the aromatic qualities are, they’re still too weak for me.
T: There is a decent amount of stuff going on in this. For a brief second, the initial flavor consists of caramel, brown sugar, and fruity sweetness...then the one-two punch of hops and smoke take over, with an earthy/boozy aftertaste. Hoppiness in this one is moderately restrained - only problem is, it really clashes with the phenolic, smoky qualities to create an undesirable harshness. On the plus side, there’s some decent depth and reasonably concealed alcohol. Beyond the lack of balance, dare I say it comes across as mundane?
M: Relatively full bodied like I expected. A fairly dry and tannic barleywine, as well, with carbonation that stays out of the way. I find no real problems with the mouthfeel.
O: For the record, I enjoyed last year’s Old Guardian quite a bit - and I imagine this one would have been similarly enjoyable without the smoked influence. As I sip it, my enjoyment of this beer seems to be wavering up and down, from "no sir I don’t like it" to "hey it’s pretty okay" to "welp, I’m gonna cork this up and use the remainder in a pot of pulled chicken/pork", before fully settling at "meh, total cooking adjunct material." All in all, not really a poor beer, just a poor idea.
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille 66cl de Ibrew2or3, thanks Dave. Anno 2013.
Acajou, léger trouble sur un col épais crémeux blanc cassé.
Arôme est légèrement fumé, boisé sur un rétro de chêne qui l’emporte un peu sur le fumé.
Houblonné reste, quant à lui, bien présent.
Palais donne de suite la ton avec pas mal d’alcool. Malté pas en reste, léger grillé, fumé moyen sur un agréable boisé qui reste néanmoins en retrait. Houblon ajoute une brève amertume ainsi qu’un fruité rappelant le pamplemousse. Fini sec, presque terreux, collant aux lèvres avec le sucre résiduel. Ok, mais je m’attendais à plus.
Jyrsa (10) - - JUL 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small head. Aroma ia yeast and caramel. Strong caramel body with hints of oak. A bitter after with lingering caramel.
Wurdahitah (22) - SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice stuff. Never had a smoked BW before. Its going to be interesting to compare it to the normal version.
jkwood04 (3740) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours amberish brown with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of smoked malts, light oak notes, caramel and toffee and an almost candy-like sweetness from the malts, some light notes of alcohol, a hoppy bitterness that’s pronounced even though the beer has aged a lot, and some light dough notes. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer that balances the smoked malts well, but is a little too boozy for me.
dfroms (204) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours red amber, small white head. Good lacing. Aroma is caramel, sweet malt, plums, cherries, sugar syrup, light oak smoke but not much. Taste is sweet caramel and apricot with toasted malt, syrup, prune, oak tannins, and booze. Nice.
maddmatt639 (188) - Pacifica, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No retention. Smells of raisins, figs and char. Tastes of smoke, dark fruits and caramel. Smokey aftertaste.
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Beerman6686 (4167) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a bright red color with a beige head. Aromawas of grapefruity hops, caramel, booze and smoke. Falvor was smokey, light bitterness, deep toffes and light alcoholc. Pretty nice
artmcd8 (1479) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark cloudy amber pour with a white-ish head. Aroma was slightly smokey with some caramel notes and grassy notes. Taste was sweet with a smokey flavor. Really glad I got to try this amazing stuff.
jsquire (3386) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber color out of the bottle with a small ivory colored head. Sweet nose of melted caramel with hints of charred wood. This is a rich beer with lots of malt syrup, caramel, apricot and raisin notes. The oak presents as a subtle charred wood. The alcohol comes out as it warms.
jhamp9 (1012) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear deep copper pour with a nice white head. Aroma is smoke, caramel, and stone fruit. Taste is strong smoke, pineapple, char, and sweet toffee. Slick palate.