MaBeer1972 (2206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle from Julio’s. Poured into a snifter. A deep russet amber with a very thick light tan head. Very nice looking. Sweet earthy spice aroma. Flavor is on the sweet side with earthy spice notes. Slight bit of sweet vanilla. Somewhat balanced, but still a lot of sugar on the finish. beerplace (2316) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2016
12 oz bottle from Elizabeth Station. Bottled 22-Jan-2016. Pours an opaque golden copper. Aroma is smokey, sweet maple and oak notes. Taste and aftertaste are pretty similar with boozy and hoppy bitterness. Good balanced beer. ehaak26 (751) - - AUG 21, 2016
I love scotch, so the peat-smoked barley was a great touch for me. The vanilla and maple syrup add nice complexity to this ale. Linnet (1937) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2016
Smoke, juniper, toffee, oaky, caramel, alcohol, herbal.
Deep amber colour, small beige head.
Big sweetness, lightly peaty, lightly bitter and lightly salty, ABV evident, lots of herbal notes.
Fullbodied, thick feel, soft carbonation, sweet and peaty finish.
A tad too sweet. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 32B Specialty Smoked Beer (base style: 17D English Barleywine)
ADfan (877) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 18, 2016
AROMA: Peaty malt is prominent. Some dark fruit, vanilla/oak, and alcohol. 8/12
APPEARANCE: Very murky body; rather ugly shade of rusty orange/brown. Small, off white head mostly dissipates; no lacing. 1/3
FLAVOR: Takes a few sips to get used to as the palette seems to change on every swig. Seems like an English barleywine at the core with a rich sweetness of dark malt and dark fruit. Vanilla and oak chips complement each other to give it a slight candy taste. Finishes with a fairly strong peat smoke sensation. Well balanced with smoke acting as a flourish rather than the main attraction. 17/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; low CO2 but not viscous nor sticky. 11% ABV is well hidden imparting subtle warmth as it goes down. Remarkably clean aftertaste. 3/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: An amazing brewing accomplishment considering all that’s in this beer. Delectable, but not quite mind-blowing. 8/10
TOTAL SCORE: 38/50
DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.
The beer pours a reddish color with a small head. Aroma has bourbon up front followed by some sweetness and figs. The taste has roasted plums, licorice, mild booze and some raisins. Very complex beer with a smooth finish. CpyNPrnT (637) - Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2016
Aroma of maple, taste is maple, vanilla, thick beer, alcohol warming, good beer. tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 4, 2016
draft that poured a brown color with white head. strong nose old ale/barley wine. strong malt backbone with hints of smoke, vanilla, oak and juniper...oh yes you can smell it. the flavor matches the aroma profile long slow sipper at 11% abv don’t be in a rush as it warms the stronger the flavors come out. for me not a true barley wine but more of an old ale. either way its good. mrjaxson (630) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2016
As smooth a barley wine as I’ve encountered though the finish does have a zippy, alcohol-influenced tingle. The aroma is very thick, and with a little effort reveals vanilla and yeast with hints of smoke. The taste is evenly sweet and not too heavy. Poured from a bottle. Skykwby (59) - Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Pours natural maple syrup brown, slight foam head. Aroma of caramel notes, toast, wood, warm & sweet. First sip sweetish on back tongue, hides alcohol content. Smooth, aftertaste is lightly sweet, almost scotchy. Good beer for after dinner.
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