AshtonMcCobb (2826) - 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.
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Rake, thanks to Tom. Pours a dark copper, with a medium beige head. This was packed full of flavour, im sure i didnt get all of them out with the 2 halfs i had. The laphroigh was immediately apparent, as was some fudge. Sweet dough, aniseed and shortbread came through as it warmed up. A fair amount of heat in the finish.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2011 Keg at BrewDog Edinburgh. Beer no. 100! Hazy light brown, light off-white head. Odd colour. Great smell. Chocolate, raisins, big and rich. Taste is malty, faint chocolate, some smoke. Not as sweet as expected. Medium bitter, sticky finish. Not overpowering, a little bland maybe. Still, I quite like it. 7, 4, 6, 3, 16
Bottle at home, not sure if it’s a different batch to the keg. Darkish copper, light off-white head. Nose is whisky, whisky, whisky, smoky peat, slightly earthy, iodine. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly nutty, smooth, before being absolutely ruined by booze and smoke. Not good. 5, 4, 5, 2, 15
Blairgus (2688) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2011 10 nov 2011, bottle. Smells musty like mothballs or cobwebs. Tastes like it has been aged in Islay casks. Sadly, it actually tastes alright but it tastes nothing like the beer I had on tap at their bar. This is stupid. Why can’t they make a consistent product?
(original rating 8 2 6 3 14 = 3.3)nutty tan and very murky.
gorgeous nose. big soft, wet raisins and alcohol but not aggressive alcohol. very balanced aroma.
thin and mostly flat. not syrupy.
taste leaves something to be desired. some mild raisin but more powdered chocolate drink flavour. okay but not good.
cgarvieuk (14985) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 dark coppper red brown ... very hazy ... sweeet toffee vanilli malt nose ... juicy malt ...light wooody ness ... juicy malt ... little woody ... soft toffee ... so so ... its ok and rich but not hitting spot
Scopey (7208) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2011 On tap at White Horse, Parsons Green (Jan 25). Colour is cloudy jet black with thin tan head. Nose; malty, dark fruits and subtle floral from the Nelson Sauvin. Taste; very malty, toffee, caramel sweetness, smoky, dark fruits, bubblegum, syrupy mouth-feel, obvious alcohol. It’s about as subtle as a slap in the face with a wet fish. I think some additional aging will bring together these flavours more harmoniously.
31 March 2011
On tap at the Rake, now at 10%. Is this even the same beer? It pours dark amber with a foamy beige head. The nose is toast, aniseed, caramel, charcoal and there is distinct lack on Nelson Sauvin hops. The taste is caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, bread, date, raisin, bubblegum, burnt sugar, some soy sauce, sesame seeds, charcoal and well hidden alcohol, with a long burnt-bitter finish. Its complex and has much of the same flavours as the first batch, but is now much better balanced. I enjoyed it so much I had another (courtesy of Tom).
madmitch76 (15855) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011 27th January 2011
Cloudy brown beer, good light tan head. Light softish palate. Sweet malt with an obvious aniseed alcohol. Some sugary sweetness comes through at the end. A whisper of smoke from the Laphroig malt possibly. Any Nelson Sauvin is pretty surpressed. A mad beer, love the concept but the end result is a bit clunky. I would love to age one of these!
31st March 2011
Couple of half pints at the Rake. Abv now reported as 10%? Watered down? A couple of months have done this beer a lot of good. Clear dark brown beer, short lived pale tan head. Soft palate. Mild smoke from the Laphroig malt is immediately obvious bit delivered in a nice soft creamy way. Lots going on here, a little aniseed, whisper of sherbet fruit. Sweet caramel with a trace of bubblegum. Something like cornflakes makes a brief appearance in the mid. Still finding new things before the beer finished. But again no obvious Nelson. Still a mad beer but a much better tasting one now!
FatPhil (9517) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg (White Horse, Parsons Green)
6 Sweet puddingy aroma, a little fruity, anna says peach and mandarin, but for me, more of the actual sticky sweet pudding itself.
3 murky brown, small off-white head
6+ A bit of a mess in the mouth, pulling in lots of different directions, but going nowhere. The thick stodgy pudding has slowed everything else down. And the 12% has been recruited as a heavy-handed bouncer in case you’re tempted to complain. One punch from that and you’re reeling.
3+ Full heavy palate, tingly carbonation enhanced by the hops. Finish has some pleasant chocolate malts, and some dirty earthy undergrowthy hops. And that bouncer thinks you were causing trouble - BANG! fall at the knees of those vapours. Polish potato spirit would have been softer.
14 Very much not my style of beer, lacking all hints of subtlety, And I think I lost 2 teeth fighting the alcohol. But you know, in the end, we ended up in a hug drooling "you’s my best mate". Not up to the lovely hvede standard from 3F, and well short of the glorious porter/stout target I want from BD, but in the end this is not a bad beer. I know there are some crazy thrill-seekers out there who will love this.