vtafro (2331) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Um whats the difference between this and Springbank. Not much. Flavor is slightly more enjoyable in my opinion but for a rating look @ batch 017 plus .1
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks Vic for the share. Donít ask me to ever tell any of these beers apart blind tastes just like batch 017. And looks identical too. Dark fruit woody dry chocolate and sawdust. Its fine.
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the Bottle at Tomís Ultimate Glasgow Tasting, Blackfriars 01/12/2007
Smoked whisky aroma. Dark coloured strong in alcohol and woody with a bitter and dry warming whisky finish.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Muenster mentioned during our tasting that it pours kind of like Coca-Cola. I think itís just a little bit darker, but rather accurate about its appearance. The prominent aromas are whiskey and molasses, peat is noticeable and some hints of dark chocolate. The initial flavour is of the dark chocolate and the molasses. As you let the brew sit and warm on the tongue, peat emerges with hints of whiskey. Passing the tongue the dryer notes of peat and dark chocolate become dominant with a nice nuttiness and light smokiness. Whiskey trails close behind with molasses fading. The finish is smooth chocolate completely fades, whiskey is slightly noticeable, all that remains is smoky peat and that persistent subtle molasses. Iím really enjoying this.
NachlamSie (2618) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle provided by BossHossBikes. Looks like Coca-Cola. The aroma doesnít get my hopes up too much. Not a lot of smoke or peat or whisky, really. What is here is licorice, soy sauce, seaweed, and black chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium, not very heavy, but works alright. Now, I am definitely digging the flavor. An explosion of peaty smoke is found which I certainly wasnít expecting from the aroma. Itís nutty and chocolatey with lots of seawater, brine, and peat smoke. This is a great sipper. I love me some peat.
Madsnp (927) - DENMARK - JUL 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a small fainting cappuccino coloured head. Aromas of chocolate, peat smoke, caramel and tar. Flavour of burned malt, sour smoke and ash.
Pinball (10596) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pitch dark, small yellow head
aroma is mild smoked peat, aroma resembles laphoraigh a lot,
flavor is licorice, roasted grains, chocolate, caramel. ends roasted and with a alc. burn. i think the aging (best before dec 2008), has added a little off-flavor (sort of oxidized).
joergen (19371) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown coloured with a small off white head.
Roasted aroma of whisky, smoke and peat.
Roasted flav our of whisky, smoke and peat with notes of liquorice.
Roasted and smoked finish.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a medium beige head. Aroma had loads of smoke, wood, tobacco and burned malt. Flavour had loads of smoke, burned malt, dark bitter chocolate, coffee and whiskey notes. Finished sweet and smoked with warming alcohol. Not bad.
VertBaconStrips (2014) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
obody should smell this and want to willingly drink it.
Colossal heavy HEAVY smoke aroma decimates everything else. HUGE peat, slight licorice pipe candy smell, the smoke is thick and wet, I feel like I have a helmet filled with this shit, cigarettes! damn! just cigarettes! slight candy, cherries, no, raspberries...this is coming out as a faint smell as it warms. itís all smoke and peat and cigarettes. Wow. Oh, beer is a super dark red / brown with a small brown cap and seemingly endless retention at a rim level with silty, spotty, slippery lacing. The taste early on is solid smoke. Heavy roast, peat, dry dirt, earth, coffin, etc... LOL. So intense. chocolate, maybe cherry? dates? wood? tar? (thx ante, I see it now). Iím finding that this is even more smoky than the 006 version and that I am not enjoying as much despite the fact that it blows me away. Too much smoke, and now that is it room temperature, the smoke, burnt quality and bitterness isnít working for me. The 006 toned down, this has not, Smooth, where is the alcohol? Full bodied. Aftertaste of smoke, peat and cigarettes. Slight burn under all that heavy flavor and a bit of severely burnt malt. At one point, the smoke and bitterness combined to annoy. I donít know what the hell to give this beer. Over the top smoke and peat. Too mcuh to be exceptional despite the amazing process.
***now that I love heavily peated scotches I think Iíll need to re-review this.***