ekstedt (5990) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2011 Draught at the Danish Beerfestival 2011. Shady copper. Smokey aroma with some fudge and gunpowder. Surprisingly thin. Dry and bitter. Is everything really OK here?
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a really dificult rate for me as I just can’t make up my mind on the beer, the issue is the amount of Islay character on display here. Pours a very deep red/mahogany and is surprisingly crystal clear when held up to the light. It certainly looks the business in the glass, nice amount of head for the abv. a half inch or so of tan coloured reaonably thick foam. Aroma is cheesy, reminiscent of blue cheese, a touch of varnish, then iodine, tar, coal smoke, peat and bacon fat. Everything I’d expect from a Southern Isla Whisky. Flavour enters with massive peat, more blue cheese, mineral/earth, more iodine, some kind of fruit? maybe raspberries? spiciness, I want to say toffee but hope this is not due to the suggestion of it as an ingrediant, there’s definitely a treacle/liquorice charcter in here. Then I just get saturated with smoke and just can’t be botherd to fight through it to seek out a beer underneath. Finish? Have a guess: More smoke and peat. And here in lies the problem, there is almost definitely something very interesting going on underneath the bonfire embers but whatever it is it’s totally eclipsed by the savage Islay character. Brewdog have often used the saying"beer for the dedicated" which I dig, but you have to provide something to dedicate yourself to, this is not it. Using Laphraoig malt the 8 months in Jura casks says to me a peat smoke saturated beer. Fine if it’s a robust Impy or Porter, but here you have a barley wine that’s smothered.
saxo (14844) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample @ CBF. Medium head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are smoke, fruits, malt and hops.
Leighton (13985) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Euston Tap. Pours a completely foggy, brownish hue with a moderate, off-white head. Lots of sugary malts, candy and fruits in the aroma. Flavor gives ’sweet’ new meaning, smacking mostly of the fruit variety, but also some cake-like bread, ripe old fruits, some mild booze, brown sugar, bit of leafy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Finish has a bit of heat, faint hops, plenty more sugary malts and some toast. Pretty drinkable for a 12% beer. Good stuff.
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Clear amber with a creamy off-white head. Heavy iodine aroma. Solid body, rough and unrefined with heavy smoke, tar and iodine. Very bitter and boozy finish. In your face brutal. 270511
bhensonb (12455) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from RealAle.com in Twickenham. Pours clear copper with a beige head. Aroma of smokey, oaky malt. Flavor is strong smoke with some almost lost sweet caramel. From the little I can tell, the beer is very tasty. However, the excessive smoke tends to make that difficult to discern. As time goes on it develops a certain amount of bitter. This sort of thing works much better with Impy Stouts.
lusikka (7104) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle @ O’Hara’s, Tampere. BBE 19.03.2016, 11.5% ABV.
Pours a dark, hazy, mahogany colour with a small thick head. Aroma of heavy peated malts, smoke and floral hops. Flavour of heavy peated malts, floral hops, smoke, whisky, tar, caramel and sweet fruits. Full bodied with a thick mouthfeel and a warming, fruity, heavy malty finish. One heavy Barley Wine.
tommann (3004) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle at 11.5%. Pours a hazy burnt amber with a medium head. Aroma is iodine, peat, raisin malt and alcohol. Taste has some hops up front, iodine whiskey throughout with a medium bitter finish. A little thin for the strength.
Bullit (4163) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 4, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg @ Brewdog Bar, Edinburgh. Amber colour, no head. Aroma is bit of bacon, caramel, some smokiness. Flavour is boozy, smoky bit malty. Fairly dry and boozy finish.
AshtonMcCobb (3931) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. It pours a murky dark brown with some bubbles and a thin head of lace. Nose of peaty whisky (completely dominant)! The taste is hazelnuts but with overwhelming peaty whisky chasing it down. The palate has big structure at the start but it is clumsy and unbalanced. Overall, if I wanted whisky, I’d just have had a whisky. However, I do want to drink it, so that says something.