Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 (6669) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 (4415) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 (2629) - Haugesund, NORWAY - APR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
rgray81 (7) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 24, 2011 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty Roasty! This dark malty brew packs a punch. At 11% ABV this beer has some caramel, toffey and and toasty notes to it. Th Aroma reminds me of a summertime bbq and the overall flavor is slightly smokey but drinkable!
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2011 Big leather aroma on this one. Oily, oozy body with the slightest carbonation. Taste is like a smoked porter mixed with a barley wine (30/70% respectively). Roast-smoke, can’t tell the difference. Alright beer, but disappointing. Sweet with a lack of depth. Too syrupy.
Fred82 (2179) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from IPB. Bottled 211209. Best before 211214.
Appearance : Hazy brown no head.
Aroma : Rich fruits with some smoke and resinous hops. Some raisins. Nice rich sweetness. Some herbal hops. Light wood coming from smoke.
Taste : Nice woody smoke with rich roasted malts. Notes of dry fruits, dark chocolate and raisins.
Overall : Nice stuff. Great smoke and resinous hops especially on the aroma. Aroma felt quite balanced. Taste felt less well balanced though.. not cohesive enough in my opinion. Still very tasty, great smoke, great hops and nice sweetness. Not too hoppy. Nice raisins. If I’m reading the dates correctly, this is over 2 years old... it held up pretty well IMHO.
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to somebody who brought it to the Black Sunday BA tasting in Houston. Pours a cloudy brown with an off-white head. Nose is salty and smoky. Taste is of smoky, roast malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and bitter with alcohol noticeable.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Dan Journal #456. Tasted 3/7/11. 500ml bottle. Dark brown, almost opaque hue with a lacing khaki head. Aromas of smoked meats, dark fruit and a ton of malts. Full bodied with a definitely malt dominant palate. Definitely smokey, but it’s a good smokey character. Nice, sweet malty undertone mixed with subtle caramel malts and dark berry esters. Fudge and toasty with a good dose of alcohol on top of the smoked note. Nicely done!