Osprey87 (1694) - WALES - OCT 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cold bottle. Pours a clear-ish dark red with a ring of bubbles. Smell is sherry-liquorice-hops all rolled into one. Body is medium with medium carbonation. Taste is sherry forward, some liquorice … more or less the same experience as the smell. Hint of cherry and prunes maybe. An enduring tacky, syrupy sweetness. No trace of the alcohol whatsoever. It carries its sweetness and alcohol well. Good stuff overall.
teorn88 (1923) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle from the online shop. It pours a clear deep ruby colour with a medium off-white head. Aroma is big is the whisky, with vanilla, wood, prunes, some yeast and big fruity hoppy notes. Taste is quite sweet with a medium bitter hoppy finish. Notes of raisins, figs, whisky, vanilla and some mouldy wood. Thick body with soft carbonation. Overall, very good and above expectation.
dogbomb (943) - ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. A cherry wood beer with NO head at all - even with a good shake, it can only muster up a tan fuzz and then fades away to nothing. The nose is powerful - there’s cherry liqueur, reminding me of Christmas, then a waft of woodiness, some banana confection and icing sugar, vanilla, whisky... there’s more here, but I can’t sit around sniffing it all day.
BAM! The taste hits right away, but I need to sup it down so I can’t even taste the first mouthful. All I’m left with is a warmth and heat and a sweet whisky taste in my mouth. There’s more cherry in there too. Second mouthful is a bit more rewarding, pulling out smokey wood, licorice, raisins, there’s stacks of whisky notes in here and it forces you to sip sip sip. I can’t really find the hoppiness, but I can find the belgian twist in here, there’s a malty sweetness throughout this. A saltiness. A sourness at times.
After letting it sit on the palate for a while, more flavours come out - more fruits of the forest, more grasses, more grains... do I agree that this is "fucking complex". Yes, I wouldn’t sit and drink bottle after bottle, but as a wee treat, this is quite special.
allmyvinyl (3339) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 Re-rate 31/01/2014. Lot more complexity starting to come out, including the barrel and some Belgian yeast notes. Getting better...
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines - cheers Ash! For all the blurb, we’re in pretty standard US-barley wine or Double IPA territory here. Fresh citrus hop aromas disguise any other subtleties that might be there from the Tripel end of the mix, or even from the barrel aging. I’m not finding it as sweet as some of the other reviewers, and think it’s quite well-balanced, if not ’all that’. Got a few stashed away, so might re-rate if it improves with age.
lusikka (6239) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle.
Pours an amber colour with a slightly off-white head. Aroma of heavy sweet English toffee, raisins, wood, weak vanilla notes and whisky. Rich flavour of heavy sweet maltiness, wood, vanilla, grassy bitterness, orange juice, spruce, burnt sugar and some herbal notes. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Alcohol comes through too much. For those with a sweet tooth.
maneliquor (3103) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Bottle from BrewDog Shoreditch. Pours deep amber with a small, sticky beige head. Nose is quite sweet and boozy with heavy caramlised raisin, fig, date - bucket loads of dried fruits and burnt undertones. A fairly sweet beer but damn smooth for the ABV. Creamy stufff. Creme caramel, nutty underneath, oaky vanilla, coffee, stewed fruits. There is heat but it’s the type of heat that I like and I think it works well. Good stuff
Leighton (10967) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - many thanks to Josh. The nose holds caramel, ripe fruits, toffee, leaves. Big sweet flavor, loads of syrupy caramel, some ripe orange, bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, very sweet, some bitter earth, leaves, caramel, stewed fruits. Hefty but still pretty drinkable.
Yorker (1190) - Herning, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours clear dark reddish amber with an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour is caramel, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, yeast, and a hint of something vinous/boozy – with a bitter, alcoholic finish.
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BD Shoreditch. It pours deep reddish-amber with a medium beige head. The nose is candy, caramel, raisin, plum, grape, vanilla, sweet whisky, wood and plenty of fruit cake. The taste is sweet bubblegum, brown sugar, raisin, plum, prune, golden syrup, smoke, wood, toast, light bitterness, varnish, spice, mild astringency and medicinal notes with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body, fine, prickly carbonation and viscous mouth-feel. Good depth of flavour, but it is ultimately rather sweet and sticky. OK for a small pour, but I couldn’t through much of this...
Christopsy (102) - SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
OH MY GOD! This is a GREAT beer! It has a supurb mouthfeel, a thickness to it, that makes you feel its really dark, and a hop menu that is to die for! This may be the finest beer that BrewDog have EVER made. As a blend of Scotch whisky aged Belgain quad and a Scotch whisky aged Imperial IPA... this is OUTRAGOUS! I love dark beers, but OH MY GOD! This beer is INSANE!