ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.
Pyrmir (5635) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle at home, vintage 2013. Amber with off white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, crisp smokey, burnt wood, smoked meats, toffee, dark sugar and alcohol. Taste is similar, malty, smokey bordering peated, dark caramel, toffee, sugar and alcohol. Complex and pleasant.
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Dark reddish amber colour with dense, beige head. Malty, slightly smoky nose with notes of caramel, dried fruit, a touch of resin, some smoked ham, chocolate, vanilla and a touch of burnt rubber. Malty, hoppy, smoky taste with caramel, dried fruit, smoke, oak wood, honey, chocolate, vanilla and a vinous finish with a generous resiny bitterness and peppery alcohol. Full body, quite sweet. Not really subtle or balanced, but really tasty and quite powerful. Very nice.
Tide (3019) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Brewdog. Dark copper color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, caramel, oak, smoke, toffee, pine and a bit of resin. Bitter finish with citrus, caramel, hops, resin, pine, oak and smoke. Excellent barley wine.
GenDV138 (6105) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2013 bottle. Clear ruby with beige head. Aromas of smoke, toasted wood, caramel, malt, oak. Tastes of light smoke, malt, caramel, oak, light booze. Medium body with a dry finish.
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 29, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has some protein in suspension. Amber. Thin head. Aroma mostly shows the chewy malt. Sweet, lightly chewy and only vaguely smoky. Long finish with the age rounding out both smoke and hop.
hackobock (3577) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
August 1, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2013.
Light hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty with caramel, dark sugars, notes of smoked meat, burnt wood, some dried fruits and and hints of higher alcohol. Taste is sweet, malty, smokey and light bitter. Finish is sweet malty and resinous with toffee,hints of ripe pineapple, dark sugars, smoked charcuteries, some bitter grassy notes and alcohol. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
Some higher alcohol notes that puts it a bit off.
zoucrew102 (1422) - - MAY 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, 2013 vintage. Rich, smokey aroma with a bit of oak as well as caramel, pine hops and a surprising amount of booze for a 3 year old beer. Pours deep amber colored with a thin off white head with ok retention and a little lacing. Starts with rich smokey flavor right off the bat with some caramel. Finishes very dry with smoke permeating through out as well as bitter pine resiny hops that dominate the palate before ending with a bit of boozy burn still. Pretty nice with my only complaint being the finish.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a small reddish brown head. Aromas of liquid smoke, sardines, and firewood. Flavors of chocolate, espresso, and smoke. Nice dry crisp finish. Smokey aftertaste stays with you for awhile.
avantdagare (235) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 finger beige head, red-amber body. Nose: Wood-notes, smoked notes, caramel, dates and figs. Aroma: Smoked charcuterie, alcohol-sting, dates, figs, pine, resin, caramel, fudge, spruce, dark german bread, raisins, honey, blood-oranges, grapefruit and woody notes.
Long dry, bitter ending.
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Où, Quand, Comment :
Bouteille, dégustée le 8/5/2013.
Couleur : ambrée foncée.
Apparence : semi-voilée.
Caramel, malt fumé, légèrement fruité (fruits foncés), légèrement boisé et léger de houblon herbeux.
Entrée de bouche : Léger goût fruité (fruits foncés notes d’agrumes) avec un léger goût boisé.
Une dominante maltée sucrée (caramel sucré, malt fumé aux notes rôties) est présente avec une moyenne amertume de houblon herbeux et d’alcool doux.
En bouche :
Corps : moyen-ronde.
Effervescence : moyenne.
Texture : légèrement crémeuse.
Finale : moyenne-longue, composée d’une moyenne amertume de houblon et d’alcool avec un léger goût fruité, fumé, épicé et boisé.