Marheb (5816) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
*Version avril 2010, 11% alcool...L’arôme est très unique, salin mais frais et fruité avec une touche d’alcool. On dépiste facilement le hareng salé au fond du palais et étonnement ça marche très bien. Le corps est assez léger pour un vin d’orge ce qui la rend facile à boire. J’aime bien l’amertume fumé qui pique le bout de la langue. Difficile à noter, tellement unique.
legrosjf (46) - CANADA - OCT 12, 2011
Arômes de malt fumé subtils et de fruits. En bouche le malt fumé est dominant mais pas agressant. Le liquide bien limpide est de couleur cuivre ou ambre. Carbonaté bas comme le style le suggere. Le seul hic pour moi est sa minceur. J’aurais souhaité une belle rondeur pour envelopper tous les saveurs. Tres bonne biere. Bart (2937) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2011
Clear golden blond coloured beer with some very light carbonation and a small white head. Nice light yeasty roasted and special aroma. Full palate. Finish is full malty, almost smokey roasted. Special but balanced. Very nice. ipamonger (81) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
Pours a nice, slightly hazy copper. Small, whitish head, that disappears relatively quickly. Aroma is malty, light smoke, fruity sweetness (mincemeat!), very faint alcohol. Taste is smoky, bittersweet, dark caramel, tawny port, hops resin. Interesting syrup and cream mouthfeel. Faint smoke and bitter finish. Fantastic barley wine that wishes it were a rauchbier. Was not cheap for me to get it, but well worth it. kubilai (111) - , Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
Pours rusty orange with a quick gone off-white head. Floral aroma with butterscotch and smoke hints. Oily texture combined with a smooth mouthfeel. You don’t taste the 11%. Sadly, in my opinion, they tried to mix too much things in that beer. The Barley-Rauchust could had been a great combination but... I don’t know. Something missing. Maybe too much balanced!...
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Bottle brought in directly from the isles by my sister-in-law; clear copper with small white head; aroma-smoke, caramel, very sweet smell, pepper. Something smelling very similar to southern tier’s Gemini that I still can’t identify; taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter early on that reappears late after swallowing, mild carbonation and warming feel of alcohol. Fantastic beer. manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2011
341ml bottle from trade. Pours a dark brown with an ample off white head. Aroma is dominated by burnt leaves, sweet malts, some hops and mild spice. Taste is smoked malt peaty with some dried fruit. A tad sweet and really odd for the style. Alcohol is a little brutish. An okay smokey barleywine. JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2011
Pour orange white head ok lace. Aroma smoke, salt, wood, hickory, maple,caramel. Taste smoke, peat, caramel, fire, roast, malty, very little bitterness......fishy. MF medium body nice carb. Overall a good smoke beer abv well hidden a very cool brew good stuff. czar (9172) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2011
pours surprisingly clear golden, slight hue, with a decent white head. sweet peaty malts, salty, with grassy supporting hops. oily mouthfeel. interesting and good! probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2011
341 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, served cool in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear deep golden-orange with a small white head.
Aroma: Complete infection – sour, nasty, organic acids, burnt nuts, minerals, hard to believe that a beer this strong could be infected...bravo, a-holes!
Palate: Medium-full body, spunky but somewhat sparse effervescence, syrupy.
Flav.: Like concentrated pineapple and passion fruit juices, very fruit, still detect the infection notes, brutal; sweet with fair bitterness and a strangely abrupt, mineral finish with some of the residual tropical fruits.
WTF? I’m done with this brewery. A $6+ drain pour.