ipamonger (80) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 (8318) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 (3785) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2011
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
Metalchopz (3201) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of two barleywines rated tonight. This one is double the price of the other though (Simple Malt Vin d’Orge). Notched bottom label indicating it was bottled on September 2009. Pours a beautiful clear and bright amber-orange with big bubble carbonation. The frothy off-white head is decent size, but goes down quicker than average, leaving some patchy lacing. Aromas of fruits (dark mostly with some oranges), sweet malt, brown sugar, toffee and smoke. Yes, they say this beer might contain "smoked herring". The carbonation balances itself out after a while. Soft textured and smooth mouthfeel. Just like the nose, the taste is pretty complex as well, but well-balanced, finding the same things. Grainy, fruity, with no alcohol burn, but burnt wood in the aftertaste. Kind of a nice mix between a rauchbier and a barleywine.
JoeMcPhee (9408) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSB 2010 Grand Tasting. Softly smokey aroma. Earthy/dryish malts backed by sweet smoke and a kiss of peat as well. Rich with a very faint fruitiness. A little bit of dark malt contributes to a touch of cocoa and more sweetness. Rich and fairly savoury. A kiss of salt and leather. Damn nice stuff.
alexsdad06 (9673) - Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Rastacouere @RBSG. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is decidedly smokey with additional notes of juicy fruits, earthy bitterness and grass. The flavor has more smoke, malty sweetness, char, apricot fruitiness and green grass. The finish had mild bitterness and was slightly salty. This was interesting and hard to settle on, but I am grateful for the opportunity to try this.