corby112 (2679) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest trace of lighter color when held to a light source. Two finger pillowy, dark mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving large streaks and chunks of soapy lacing behind.
Slightly smokey, peaty aroma with a prominent barrel presence that’s nicely integrated into the roasted malt and spicy pepper character of the base beer. Lots of barrel with a strong toasted oak presence along with peated whiskey, coconut and vanilla bean. Only 33% is barrel aged so the nose is thankfully not overpowered by boozy bourbon. There is still a heavy dose of deeply roasted malt and spicy chili pepper. Hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, bitter dark chocolate and coffee bean along with vegetal, spicy peppers and silky, sweeter malt notes.
Medium body with tight carbonation and a subtle barrel character that’s integrated into the intensely roasted dark malt flavors of the base beer. As it warms, the barrel character stands out a bit more but it’s mostly dry, charred oak and and smokey peat flavor. The bourbon presence is muted and the dryness of the oak and peat combine with the deep roast to produce an acrid, overly dry flavor profile. The coconut, bourbon and silky vanilla bean barrel notes found in the nose are practically invisible. Some decent whiskey flavor starts to come forward after a while but the peat, oak and heavy malt bill dominate. Lots of burnt malt along with spent coffee beans, oatmeal, charred toast, bittersweet dark chocolate and charcoal. Overall, this is an interesting beer but the subtle barrel presence, overwhelming dryness and overpowering roasted malt make it one dimensional and slightly harsh/tough to drink. Not bad but it could have used more whiskey flavor and sweetness to balance things out.
Beer5000 (5302) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle at brewmakers dinner, Kick. Pitch black body with a disappearing tan head. Aroma has roasted dark malt, peat, Islay whisky and hint of chili. Flavor is medium sweet, smooth roasted dark malt, some coffee and chocolate with rather dominating Islay whisky, but the chili makes a fine balance to the whisky and tones it down a bit. Medium bitterness and some alcohol that’s almost a bit too much but again the chili do the magic here. Fine body and long lasting aftertaste of dark malt, Islay, alcohol and mild burning chili. Nice one, close to unbalanced but actually not.
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, at Kick. A minimal sized beige head forms over an almost black body. There’s Islay smoke on the nose, iodine, licorice, roasted malts, some chili hints and alcohol.It’s full bodied, warming and semi sweet, with flavors of Islay whisky, chocolate and a certain bitterness. Lasting finish. Perhaps a bit too much but certainly nice. 151022
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, Irish whisky , wood and peat. Flavor is sweet and malty with some ash, wood, whisky , chilly and roasted malt. Medium body, average carbonation.
Countbeer (5584) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer. Small creamy light brown head.
Aromas of peat, pencil sharpener, mocha, marzipan, nuts, sweet malt roast, light earthy...
Flavours of mocha, roast, peat, earthy tones, cacoa, chocolate, bitter, herbal/grain roast, nuts, light iodine...
Aftertaste is bitter, roasty, chocolate/cacoa, light peat/earth tones...
Low carbo, watery close to thicker oily silky ish mouthfeel, medium to lightly fuller bodied.
Benzai (11307) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Opaque black color, small light brown head. Aroma is malts, huge iodine and "finger paint" and peat. Taste malts, liquor, again huge iodine and peat. Too much for me. Medium body, medium carbonation.
ansjelaah (1746) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @home. Pitch black color with a small beige head. Smells turf and vinger verf. Tastes turf, roasty, sweet and a little bit vanilla. Like the vanilla.
DutchDrebus (5092) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ home. Pitch black with a small medium brown head. Smells fingerpaint, peat, earth. Tastes peat, earthy, fingerpaint, some vanilla, sweet. Full body, soft carbo, lasting peat taste. I dont like peat a lot.
mR_fr0g (6474) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour at Borefts beer fest day 2 27/09/2014. Bodegraven. Aroma is nice amaretto biscuit, raspberry, caramel, coffee bean, choc. Flavour is composed of smokey phenol, whiskey, coffee bean, veg pepper, nutty spicey. Dark caramel brown coloured pour with no head. Palate is flat sweetish, . Lingering spice.
stevoj (3103) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Initial dirty taste hints at the earthy nature of this brew, lots of peat and smoke. Dry and chalky, typical for the Italian hard water. Wood smoke aroma, taste is peat, cork, wood, etc. A gentle sipper for sure, and not for everyone’s palate.