teddybeer (2216) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Irreale. Black colour with good initial formation of a light beige head that quickly diminishes maintaining a thin layer. Aroma is toasted malts, red and ripe fruits, black chocolate, Islay whisky. In the flavor is more present the Islay whisky, notes of wood, chocolate, some ashes hints, coffee and fruits, licorice and spices. The final is slightly sweet with hints of wood, maintaining the whisky on palate.
caesar (5055) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Islay 2002, #919. Dark color, short head. Aroma is dominated by peat with soft roastiness underneath. Some choc. In taste a lot of different flavors starting with chocolat and roasted malts. In the end it gets dry from the islay cask and finishes with a soft bite from the peppers. Bit too peaty on the nose for me, but the taste is absolutely wonderful. Great balance does the trick.
Theydon_Bois (8276) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home (Domus Birrae) 25/12/12. Bott #0429, Speyside 1997 listed as 10%ABV.
Pours a dark cola brown approaching light black with a tan head that dissipates quickly to nyadda!
Nose is dark malts, molasses, liqourice, light chocolate, touch of wood and some whiskey notes.
Taste comprises dark roast malts, chocolate, sweet sugars, whiskey, wood tones
Fullish body but hiding that 10% ABV with a little spritz in the carbonation but not so much as to detract from the feel for me. Sweet, boozey and slighly spicy in the finish.
Not bad, totally drinkable but not blowing me away, not much depth to this compared to other offerings of the same ilk! The flavour improved as the beer warmed a little and I adjusted taste accordingly from 7 to 8.
Miksu (4947) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.33 l bottle (10 %, Islay cask 2002). Black color. Aromas of peat smoke, tar and iodine. Sweet roasty flavor with tar, peat smoke and sea (or iodine). Full body. Good aroma and flavor but this is so whiskyish that I might as well drink plain whisky.
anders37 (16582) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Speyside 1969. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody whisky and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty woody chocolate flavor with hints of whisky. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate finish.
LoFi (1592) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Islay 2002 version.
Black with a porous light brown head.
Aroma: peaty whisky, salty licorice and soy sauce, chocolate.
Taste: salty, roasted, chocolate, peaty whisky, liqueur, ashes.
Quite complex and quite nice, definitely a step up from the regular Verdi.
Idiosynkrasie (3730) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle [Islay 2002, 10% abv as per label]. Darkest brown colour with small, frothy to creamy, reawakening, moderately lacing, brown head, leaving a thin layer. Dark malty aroma in combination with whiskey flavours results predominantly in intense fruity, vinous notes, also clove; the dry leather whiskey touch can only be analysed secondary. Taste has a heavy dark malty, minimally sweet basis, dry, leatherlike overtones, a touch of peat, warming alcohol in the finish. Sadly the fruity notes in the aroma are not reproduced in taste.
Beer4000 (4440) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle @ Patricks. Dark amber, almost black body with a fast disappearing brown head. Pleasant, quite strong aroma of dark malt, islay whisky, dry fruit and hint of vanilla. Flavor has a lot less whisky than expected from aroma, but sometimes islay is dominating too much so this is just perfect. Flavor feels almost dry and dusty and still sweet at the same time. Smoke, peat, ashes, liquorices and a relatively mild bitterness. Fine body and a long aftertaste. This is a really balanced and nice flavored beer.
yngwie (13350) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Patricks. Islay 2002. Black, and topped by a dense, finger-thick, light tan head, it certainly deserves its name. Peat, camp-fire, roasted malts, dark sugar, ripe cheese and alcohol on the nose. Full-bodied on the palate, warming, sticky and soft. A light peaty touch, roasted, burnt, licorice-ish, and with some peaty notes in the flavour. Not much bitterness, but it’s still sort of balanced. Lasting finish. A pleasant beer indeed. 120823
gunnfryd (10451) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Patricks. Black colour witha tan head. Aroma is whiskey, malt, hop,alcohol, licorice. Flavour is whiskey, malt, hop, alcohol, coffee, salt, soya sauce, licorice. Full body. Very nice beer.