Theydon_Bois (7005) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - OCT 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle at Open Baladin, Roma - 04/10/12.
Review #1000 - clearance time !
Slightly opaque chestnut brown with no head or bubbles, still as !
Nose of alcohol, peat, dark berry fruits, wood tones.
Tastes herbal, medicinal, smoked bacon, sweet caramelised sugar, dark caramel, woody, smoke.
Full bodied, no carbonation, smooth, rich, complex, boozy!
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of Kraddel. 2006 Vintage. Respectable sample from a 500 ml. bottle. Pours a deep red copper amber with no head & no carbonation as expected. Taste is best possible oxidation notes, sherry walnuts, nicely warming, rich caramel, thick rich sweet malts, brown sugar, hazelnut, toffee, some port, not really picking up on Lapsang Souchong (maybe vanished with age?). Taste is quite sweet porn, sherry, hazelnut, walnut, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, best possible oxidation overall, vanilla, toffee, maple syrup, faint liquorish, dark fruits, touch sweet oily nature that could be interpreted as Lapsang Souchong maybe but I am really trying here. Not really getting the tea unfortunately but otherwise great. Faintly oily, rich and thick but not heavy, thinned out by oxidation but doesn’t taste thin at all. Lovely, would have probably preferred this one fresh in order to get some of that tea.
kraddel (2439) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 06 vintage
Pours clear brown
Smell is sweet , nuts .
Taste sweet , walnuts , liquorish and thick . Very good , but very damn sweet. Especially the aftertaste is awsome . .
drunk_again (120) - GREECE - SEP 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50 cl 2006 vintage bottle.dark amber color.no head.no carbonation.aroma of caramel and malts.flavor is sweet with notes of caramel and smoke leading to a dry finish.oily texture.a "difficult" beer yet a great one.
teorn88 (1916) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cl bottle. It pours a deep copper / brownish colour with no real head to speak of. Aroma is sweet with peat notes, but not overwhelming at all. Maple syrup and dark fruits. Taste is still sweet with some peaty notes in the end. Vanilla, leather and tobacco, alongside with dark fruits and raisins. Silky body with no carbonation. Overall, the smoke is much less aggressive than in the Islay whiskey version and I think it perfectly complements the beer here. Delicious..
IPA89 (7) - - JUN 28, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Un fortissimo sapore di te affumicato che arriva a sorso già inoltrato. Retrogusto estremamente deciso molto più della boccata iniziale!
Mortlach (959) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
18/05/2011 Open Baladin Roma (2006 vintage bottle). Bevuta con Pippi in teku da 10cl. Ambrata intensa, lievemente torbida, con note ramate, completamente ossidata, schiuma assente. Aroma intenso e caldo di frutta, con note alcoliche e un affumicato abbastanza evidente. In bocca è fruttata, caramellata, dolce, con un finale sorprendente che presenta note affumicate intense e persistenti. Corpo pieno, consistenza liquorosa. Straordinariamente complessa!
jaghana (3503) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - JAN 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 50cl batch 2006. A clear amber beer without head and carbonation. Nose is intense on prune and oxydized notes (port like). Aroma is very sweet and fruity, currant, apricot, fig and prunes, caramel, oak and whisky malt touch . Smoked touch at the finish with caramel and fruit touch with very long duration. Very delicious and liquorous, rich and complex.
TEKUBEAT (20) - ITALY - JAN 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sensazioni contrastanti nell’aroma, al dolce nettare della xyauyù base si aggiungono sentori di bacon e fumo, al tasting sprigiona una complessità invidiabile, buona corposità e persistenza. Una birra da grandi occasioni che non stanca mai.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges when held to a light. Completely still with no head or lacing. Definitely has legs though after an aggressive swirl.
Sweet, boozy aroma with a nice smokes malt character and Port/sherry like qualities. Musty and leathery malt along with sweeter touches of hazelnut, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Can pick up a lot of booze but it’s not as strong as in some of the other versions. Becomes more complex as it warms with subtle honey and fruit notes.
Medium bodied with very delicate carbonation. Not as still as some of the other treatments but almost flat. That little bit of carbonation really makes a difference. Boozy sweetness with leathery and sweet malts notes and a lingering smokey finish. Strong alcohol presence along with sweet caramel, toffee, dark fruit and honey. Fruit notes most prominent toward the finish with some fig, raisin and plum. Smoke is all in the finish but it lingers and definitely adds another level of complexity. Nice warmth in the finish but not as harsh as the other versions. High ABV is relatively well masked. Hard to believe how much more I like this than the regular copper version, especially the smoke presence.