rederic (3341) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2010
341ml bottle, bottled in 2008, first batch, dark copper color, with a frothy beige head, but falls quickly, and leaving some laces, nice sweet toasted, caramelized, biscuity malt, mild smoked fishy, faint salted hering and spiced chips nose with a faint fruitcake, toffeeish accent and some candied dried raisin, date, fig notes, and a soft meaty smoked bacon aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good toasted, caramelized, biscuity malt, leathery fishy smoked fish hering, and chip character with some fruity raisiny, datey, fruitcake undertones and some toffee, burnt brown sugar notes, leading towards a warming sweet toasted, caramel malt, fruity dried raisin, fig and mild lingering smoked hering finish. I’m glad that the fishy smoke was there again in the 2008 batch! 502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - NOV 18, 2010
Pours a copper color with a nice frothy creamy cream colored head. Very attractive. The aroma is very pleasant as well. The aroma is malt heavy with some nice fruit character and not much hop character. But, it doesn’t smell sickeningly sweet like some European old ales/BWs. The flavor is unique. Almost like a stout BW hybrid. Very roasty upfront, with some faint fruit character coming in the back. How the hell does this beer have this roasted flavor and such a light colored body?? Medium to full bodied on the palate with smooth mellow carbonation. Overall: this is a damn tasty, unbelievably balanced, and truly unique beer. Its pricey, but a unique find. drougkolya (276) - Otterburn Park, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2010
Bière des îles, dégusté cuvé 2008 en fût - fête bière et saveurs de Chambly, orge fumé au hareng, goût un peu salé, saveurs de hareng salé s’estompe à la longue! DerWeg (1702) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2010
Gorgeous red gold color, clear, white cap. Insane aromas are scotch-like and peaty-malty and herbal backed by fruit. Taste is salty with leather and peat, dry herbs, fruit, smoke over the finish. A little astringent and dry but OK feel. Stunningly individualistic. sseb69 (1936) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2010
Bouteille 341 ml. 9%. Couleur ambrée orange. Arôme de fumée, de caramel et de malt. En bouche, quelle douceur ! Des notes de caramel et de fumée entrent graduellement. Finale avec une très légère amertume.
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2010
341ml bottle. Seaport Beer Festival. A lot of stewed fruit, sugar and tons of smoke, and I mean TONS. It all follows through on the palate, with the sweetness dying off quickly. A little sticky but overall pretty great. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Pours a clear copper with a rapidly dissipating head. Big caramel aroma with some smokiness. Flavor is sweet but not cloying, with a nice, savory smokey note to it. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin beige head. Intriguing, interesting aroma of salty, smoked herring and caramel. Flavor of salty, smoked herring and caramel. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. It’s not the best of barley wines, but it has to be the most original! MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2010
Toffee and smoke nose -- not much of hops at this point. You can definitely taste the herring in this one.
I had much more elaborate notes on this one. I lost them, but I’ll certainly buy another one soon enough. I’m also bottle-aging one of them right now, and I MIGHT edit all this in a few years. The label says that one has a pretty good aging potential. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Toffee and golden raisin nose. Lightly sweet, lots of caramel/toffee, some bread dough, golden raisins, iced tea. Slightly astringent finish, over steeped tea.