DCLawyer (2845) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2016 peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a murky amber with a slight orange hue and a respectably frothy tan head. Aroma is smoke, roast, char, bacon, wheat, grist, and perhaps some light sweetness from the maple but it is buried deep under the smoke. As the beer warms I get more toffee and raisin character under the smoke. Taste is condensed smoke with char bitterness up front followed by sweetness (the maple I imagine) and then a fairly heavy duty barley wine profile with raisin, toffee, some hop bitterness, and alcohol whispering through the finish. Mouthfeel is even and coating. Exceptionally well crafted and certain to age with the best of ’em. Well done Alesmith!
Backlog. Bottle ->mini snifter from Churchkey Vintage Vault event. Dark copper with small offwhite head. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, booze. Good, though predictable. alobar (3793) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Pours a hazy copper color with a soapy white head. Aroma of toffee, butterscotch, smoke, and alcohol. Sweet flavor with toffee, butterscotch, peat, and some alcohol. Very nice. drsordr (2659) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour lightly hazy copper with thin ecru head. Nose light smoke, peat, bacon, and some sweet malt, maple and grape. Taste moderate bitter bite up front, then toffee, and hint of smoke. Light spicy finish. Expected more smoke and maple in the flavor. GenDV138 (7285) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3 oz bottle pour at ChurchKey. 2011 vintage. Dark amber with beige head. Aromas of light smoke, caramel, dark fruit, light booze. Tastes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Medium body with a dry finish. vyvvy (6478) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Shared at a tasting at douglas88 place (sorry I’m not giving props to who brought it - can’t remember) - pours reddish amber with a tan head. The aroma has smoke, toffee, brown sugar, maple sweetness, richness and some berries. It has a full rich chewy body with soft carbonation. The taste starts with maple, heavy toast, caramel, toffee, English yeast, wood and some oxidation. The finish is woody and grainy. Quite nice.
kermis (13480) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours cloudy brown with a small tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, sweet malt, light spice, booze. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A little disappointing and one dimensional, expected more from this. Maakun (5577) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2015 Bottle shared thanks to Kermis. Hazy dark amber with some little things floating around. Lots of sweet malts, sugars, butterscotch, yeast, bitter herbs, maybe some light smoke, toffee, dried peach. Over medium sweet with alcoholic bitter finish. Full bodied, with low carbonation and the body just dissoves in your mouth. Weird beer, not too bad but a bit one dimensional. Scotty001 (563) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2015
Poured reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of a barley wine with toffee. Full body, flavour as the aroma, quite flat, flavour of the toffee, lightly fruity. deanso (10141) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
Thin creamy off white head. very hazy amber pour. Sweet alcohol taste bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle. Hazy clear amber with legs but no head. Aroma is big, spicy, yeast, malt, moderate smoke, alcohol heat. Flavor is dense malt smoke, earthy dense hops, meaty finish. Feel is thin with a little heat. So well constructed and could age longer.