mar (5417) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2011
bottle states 11.5% abv. deep amber/brown with a cream colored head. nose is heavy on the peat, smoke, jerky, caramel, wood, vanilla. great on the palate, heavy wood, vanilla, more smoke, hops are barely there in the finish, the barrel/malt flavor really take this one over, slightly sweet as well. 77ships (9834) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2011
[email protected]SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Hoppy Loft: clear caramel with almost no head, tastes somewhat sweet upfront and a bit sticky with caramel, brown sugar, malt, some pine & floral hops, hint of smoke, aftertaste is slightly bitter and features peated malts, you do get Laphroig malt in the finish, light but not thin, not bad but not really great either, not worth hunting down
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a clear gold with white head. Aroma of whisky, malt and wood. Flavor is much the same with a pleasant sweetness and a peppery liquor spice, slightly drying wood tannins. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall, solid brew! deyholla (11609) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear caramel amber with a gray head that lasts throughout the beer and laces slightly. Aroma has a good amount of of peat and smoke on it that is backed up by some sweet caramel and a bit of cookie. Flavor also has a good amount of peat and smoke with backing sweet grains and a bit of candied sugar/caramel. A bit of an odd combo. berlinoise2go (689) - NORWAY - OCT 21, 2011
Bottle (33cl) from Vinmonopolet (Vika), Oslo. ABV 11.5%. Clear, dark amber/copper colour. Half-inch offwhite head, good retention, some lacing. Lovely, epic nose of malt, caramel, hops, peat, resin, pine, smoke, wood, esters - highly influenced by whisky barrel aging. Full body, but more drinkable than expected at the ABV. Soft carbonation. Taste is fairly sweet, nicely balanced by a considerable bitterness, but the pine-dominated finish is too astringent for my taste, reminiscent of tea tree oil.
Alexus (242) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2011
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours a little head, great amber color. Strong taste of smoked malts and resin which kind of conceals the other flavors. Nice maltyness. I’ve tasted better barley wines. Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2011
Very smokey, but there are some sweet grainy notes, fudge, some hint fruitiness. Fun brew, but not something I look forward trying again. skortila (5876) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2011
@ Copenhagen festival 2011. The aroma has a lot of peated whisky, some roasted malts. Clear, dark amber coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste has sweet, sugar, peat, roast, hops. Bitter end. AlbertC (277) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2011
Aroma is peated malts, whisky and not much more. Taste is very whiskyish with big smoke, and boozy finish. 12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - OCT 9, 2011
33cl. bottle from a local beer retailer. It pours a cloudy ruby-amber liquid with a medium-high consistent beige head that leaves some quality lacing. The aroma is complex, with a general roastiness along with some smoked whisky hints, chocolate, brandy, a little alcohol (not annoying) and some ripe dark fruits. It tastes similar, more smokey and alcoholic, with some spices; very intense. It is medium-high sweet, low sour and low-medium bitter. In the mouth it feels mild but lively carbonated, dense, with an almost full body and a long dry boozy and quite bitter finish, with an aftertaste of smoked whisky, toffee and dark fruits. Presentation is top-notch, absolutely fantastic, for a very interesting barley wine. Nice job.