Borup (14332) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2011
Draught at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011. Murky brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, dark fruit, chocolate and smoke. adnielsen (10605) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle @ home. Hazy, brown appearance with a small tan head. Burnt, smoky, tar, burnt rubber nose. Dark malty, smoky, burnt rubber, barley wine flavor with a burnt, smoky aftertaste. Kind of gross burnt flavor. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2011
draft at Blue Monk, darker cola looking pour. lighter bodsy & mouthfeel than expected. Peat, smoked malts fill aroma. Strong smoke, peat & earthy flavors. Roasted malts with touch of coffee cut into smoke aspect a tad. Pretty flavorful & not a palate crusher @11.5 beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2011
Murky dark brown color with a thin beige head. Aroma of caramel with mild smoked malt. Flavor of smoked malt and caramel. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation. This barley wine is interesting, but not particulary complex. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2011
500mL bottle. Poured rich, deeper brown with a short, looser-bubbled beige head. The aroma picked up a tangy, toasty blend of plums, raisins, and figs, with peppery rye and light wisps of smoke accenting.. smelled syrupy and there was definite alcohol heft deeper down.. touches of chocolates and toffee as it warmed up. The flavor found liquid smoke laced throughout, with vinous notes, chocolate, and aged caramel supporting.. spicier as the drink progressed (and warmed up), showcasing peppery notes, a pinch of cinnamon, and more smoke.. sticky finish with a lot of aged malts, some alcohol warmth (mild for the ABV), and spices.. really tasty stuff! Heavier-bodied with light, tangy sourness through the palate.. balance was very good, and it hid its booze well.. assertive and interesting brew!
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2011
A massive brew resides under this dull hazy brown cape, an impression immediately felt from the first whiff as spicy/peppery alcohol vapours reach the nostrils. Heady, warming nose where smokiness comes across in a leathery fashion while malts feel like thick toasted bread. Underlying fruit esters hint at strawberries, raisins, peaches, yellow apples. All throughout, the rye provides both body and spiciness, a trait brought even further by the alcohol, that were the beer not 11%, I’d find quite overwhelming. As the closure approaches, the leafy hops make their presence known, but never overtake the more confident other aspects, including a considerable sweetness that remains to the forefront with under these cakey malts’ commandment. Well, I’m a smokehead so I kinda dig the concept, but I’m less fond of alcohol flavours and they’re ubiquitous here, so is the sweetness despite the rye/smoke blend attempt at balancing it out. Close, but no cigar. Borresteijn (6965) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2011
50cl Bottle via trade with Plovmand, thanks bro! Murky brown colour, thin light beige head. Aroma of sweet malts, rye, sweet dark fruits like plums and figs, light salty smoke, some chocolate, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, thick and slick malty, sweet dark fruits, light smoke, alcohol, chocolate, grass and pine in the hoppy bitter finish. Fullbodied, soft carbonation. Really a very good beer. rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2011
Bouteille de 500ml. Batch 474. Brassée en 2009. Cette bière est brune avec des beaux reflets rouges. Le col est bien compacte, beige et il est légèrement durable. Le premier nez offre des arômes fruités (levure et fruits secs-raisins secs des malt) avec une touche fumée. La bouche est ferme et soyeuse, la densité est surprenante, la bière est moyennement sucrée. Une bonne dose d’amertume est présente en fin de bouche. Le fumé n’est pas trop présent, il ajoute un petit quelque chose aux notes fruités sans rien camoufler. Il joue les second violon, ce qui est parfait. Plus près du Barley Wine que de la bière fumée. Cette bière d’hiver est un régal à boire à la petite gorgée. 8/10 RuneStumo (2652) - Haugesund, NORWAY - APR 30, 2011
30.04.2011. 0,5l Bottle. Vinmonopolet.no. Dark brown colour with off-white head. Aroma is complex! There is dark malts, roasted malts and quite a lot of bitterness. Very good balance. This beer has an abv of 11%. That is a lot of alcohol that is hidden in this beer! Fantastic good beer!!! PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - APR 28, 2011
UPDATED: APR 29, 2011 Bottle 50 ml shared by - and thanks to - Paolo @ Birra ed Oltre (Naples, Italy). Pours thick black, white foam. Amazing aroma. Not simply salty. More: like a breath on the beach, intense, elegant. Peppery, coffee, woody, is that of a single malt. Extremely balanced medium to full body: vanilla, spice, chocolate. Medium consistence, rye does its part. SO drinkable, despite the 11% ABV, A smooth smoked side, crisp, hot like chilli pepper, fizzy at tongue. Bitter and hoppy finish. That’s a gem, no doubt.