jjsint (917) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 Bottle. Gift, likely bought from the BrewDog website. The first beer drunk in my new digs in Ely. Dark reddish brown, almost mahogany. An incredibly complex, confusing and exciting smell as befits the recipe. Red wine, whisky, wood, strong iced tea, caramel, rosemary. Taste is an overwhelming sweet matched by an intense bourbon alcoholic sour. Thick mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Papaya in the finish. Extreme and gorgeous.
Maris (1019) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 330ml bottle on 24/11/2014. Pours a clear light amber with not much of a head. Has a huge malty aroma with lots of toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar, along with a distinct hint of booze. In the mouth, it’s sweet delight with more toffee, butterscotch and brown sugar, as well as caramel, treacle and golden syrup. Then you get a moderate countering hop bitterness with the whisky quite evident. While the blurb refs an IPA base, it’s more barley wine in character, though I won’t argue with the American strong ale label either. The palate is slightly syrupy and the carbonation modest. Not the most complex big beer I’ve ever had, but it’s a delicious and moreish dessert brew.
tommann (2850) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Pours dark reddy orange with a small head. Aroma is rich, woody, toffee and molasses. Hint of meaty whisky. Taste is meaty toffee to start. Molasses. Minty whisky finish. Doesn’t taste the strength. Perfect winter night beer. Warms the belly. Brewdog do make some shit but when they hit the mark, they fucking do.
peermac (59) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deilig øl, mye sødme som er godt balansert med lang smak i munnen. Jeg synes den høye alkoholen er kamuflert godt. Alt i alt en spennende øl. Kjenner både ipa og belgiske smaker her.
Buongiorgio00 (892) - - NOV 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Apoteosi del gusto che si realizza in un fortunato matrimonio tra la tradizione belga e la magia dell’invecchiamento nel whisky scozzese che odora di acqua salata che si infrange contro le scogliere e delle sterminate distese di erika delle highlands. Divina!
DSG (6329) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Vova’s place. Thanks Vova. Clear amber-chestnut color. Nice aroma of lots of whiskey, vanilla, wood, malt, caramel and a bit of alcohol. Very sweet flavor, malty, caramelly, with lots of whiskey, vanilla, a bit of nuts, a bit of stale hops, alcohol and a slightly bitterish finish. Medium to full-bodied, quite alcoholic, a bit syrupy.
zacgillbanks (2531) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. A dark amber beer that pours with no head. It has a very rich red fruit, malt, currant and vanilla flavour, oak and sweet sugary sherbet finish. Very good and it has no burning alcoholic warmth to the beer.
gEUS (1261) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle at home. (cellar temperature) Pours clear dark amber, no head - filtered. Intense caramel and toasty nose, with some smoky and bitter pine in the back. Medium to full body with resinous bitterness, added with some smoke. Sweetness all the way, alcohol warmth in the finish, ending round & bitter, aftertaste dry and little alcohol burn. Taste is grapefruit juice, some nuts, caramel and malts. A bit too harsh to be well balanced.
BrewTom (324) - - OCT 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A massive, caramel, toffee, Barley Wine-esque, bold, deep, rich ale with a lovely hop hit and undertones of Belgium-ness. Yum!
Rated by BrewTom
Benzai (8916) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Thompson. Nice red color, average to medium sized off-white head that diminishes quite quickly. Aroma is sweetish malts, sweetness, some oak and whisky influences in the aroma. Somehow I don’t really like it. Taste malts, oak, lightly alcoholic, sweetish, sweetish alcohol, bitter.