BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2010
50cl, new exclusive Norwegian brew Anno 2009, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex smoked brew, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, yet expensive! hirigalzkar (3166) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2010
Bottle. Pours black, off white head. Sweet barley, smoke and some alcohol in aroma. Notes of smoked sausage, chocolate, raisin. Bitter and dry finish. Nisse666 (7433) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2010
Bottle, 2010-06-19 Göteborg
AR: a bit smokey, loads of coffey and perhaps some chocolate
AP: cloudy? dark reddish brown body, creamy dark biege 2 cm steady head
F: great round body, choclate, brewed coffey, medium plus bitterness, oak vanilla/vanilla sugar flavors? ... in the finish berlinoise2go (689) - NORWAY - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle (50cl) at Olympen, Oslo. Batch 474 (BB Dec 2014). Murky dark brown colour. Modest, but quite persistent, beige head. Fabulous aroma of dark, smoked, sweet malt, licorice, tar, wood, chocolate. Full-bodied, slick mouthfeel, pleasantly soft carbonation. Good balance. Alcohol warmth is there, but not so prominent as anticipated. Tremendous drinkability for such a rich brew. ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 Finally got a hold of this one on Henrik, Bergen - on tap. Pours a nut brown hazy body with a discreet, off-white head. Smell is licorice, pine and resin. From the first sip I can tell this is really good, and really something else: strong notes of hoppy licorice and cough syrup, pine, grass, oak. A very mellow smoked tone in the aftertaste. Smooth and slightly oily palate, without overdoing it. Beautifully blended, and well deserving the hype it has received in the Norwegian craft beer scene. Sunturnbrew is another winner from Nøgne Ø, and one I’d like to see in the shelves of Vinmonopolet as well!
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours a murky amber-brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is solid. Lots of sweet and spicy, deeper toffees and caramels. Brown sugar, rum, smoke, dark fruits, citrus oranges, wood, peat, and berries. Flavor is similar, but seems to lack the edge that the aroma had. Oranges and toffees mixed together up front with some toasted caramels. Dark fruits, a light chocolate, berries, leather, and a light, peppery wood. The smoke comes out in the finish, but doesn’t blend quite like it did in the aroma. A noticable alcohol warmth as this finishes rich and sweet with a light peaty smoke and very light bitterness. Mostly dry with some residual sweetness leaving a medium length aftertaste. Full, syrupy body with a light carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool barley wine. I guess this is listed as a smoked, but nonetheless, its a smoked barley wine. I liked the aroma a bit better than the flavor, but the subtle smoke adds a nice complexity. It gets a bit sweet at times, but solid. sunevdj (4087) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2010
Bottle at home. Pours a clear brown with a small off-white head. Faint smells of smoked malts. Sweet with moderate aromas of smoked malts. Some residual sugars. Also hints of juniper? and alcohol. Full bodied with a medium carbonation. Dry finish with more aromas of smoked malts and a warming alcohol fealing. Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2010
500 ml picked up in Detroit in the winter. Smoked malts, dry and middling mouthfeel. Really nice after fish, surprisingly not that great with meat. Dark brown colour, moderate amount of off-white head. Good smoke aromas. Drinkable, but not that complex. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2010
From bottle at The Bishops Arms, Vasagatan. Completely black with a tan head. Vinous aroma, like a port, but add to it some roasted malts. Espresso, salty meat, warming alcohol, plums. Very nice. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours a swampy "turtle taint" brown (thanks Alex) a wispy beige head and some spotty lacing. Tons of toffee, smoked and roasted malts with some caramel and faint booze. Quite sweet on the palate with an interesting smokey spice. A nice interesting brew.