kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle from Jessup Beverage (Jessup, PA). bottle marked best before 22/03/09. Pours very deep reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of peat, smoke, ash, chocolate, and wood. Intense smoke and peat flavors dominate the palate, with cocoa, salt and oak in the background. Long, peaty finish. Interesting beer.
Tmoney99 (10400) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured a black color with a moderate to large frothy brown head that mostly lasted and produced fair lacing. Good roasted peaty malt and woody aroma. Full body with a smooth texture. Complex peat and smoke stout flavor with a smooth woody finish of moderate to long duration. Good earthy and smoky stout.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma, lots of smoky and peaty notes, chocolate and some roast. Flavor, peat and smoke, chocolate, and roasted notes, a bit ashy. Not bad.
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks miketd. The pours is a dark black that allows some light and a one finger beige head. The aroma is woody, charred, peaty, smokey, sweet, light alcohol. The flavor is also woody and peaty, smokey warming alcohol, meaty. Not too much whiskey. A very interesting RIS.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color was dark brown/black. The head was thin, creamy, and light beige. The aroma was smoked brot, meaty, and salty. The flavor was bacon, salty, roasty, coffee, and alcohol. The palate was full and the finish, warm.
ekstedt (5317) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (33 cl) from Systembolaget. Dark reddish brown, medium beige head. Looks more like a porter. Intense smoked aroma, it is difficult to discern any ather aromas, but there are some chocolate and dark fruits in there as well. Heavy body, silky smooth. Well balanced, heavy bitter finish. I’m a big fan of Ardbeg, but I would really have preffered to have this beer without the Ardbeg oak barrel aging.
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - MAR 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 Overpriced, as someone here says. Of course this is a good beer, but there are al lot better beers for a cheaper price. Much smoke, oak and whisky in the flavour. Well... it was a fun experience.
Tasted it again @ Bishops Arms, Karlstad. Aroma is full of Islay-whisky, some burnt wood, liquorice. Flavour is dominated by whisky and oak flavours, but also got some nice chocolate, liqourice and vanilla-notes. I really did appreciate this beer this time.
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black/dark brown, thin but creamy head. Heavy smoke, tar, leather aroma. Complex flavour of smoke & peat & seaweed & salt (Ardbeg!), coffee, chocolate, cream. Sweet start, dry finish - nice touch! Overpriced.
jacobwennbom (352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Might have had it a bit too cold. As it warmed up, so did also my feelings regarding it. Anyway, this beer looks great. It’s dark and has a big brownish head that lasts to some extent. It also smells rather nicely with lots of islay smoke and burnt malt. What I didn’t enjoy as much however was the overwhelming bitterness, in my opinion it drowned almost all other tastes. Not that bad but would benefit from less hoppy bitterness.
Marsiblursi (2989) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours dark brown with a medium, light brown head. The aroma holds peat-ish smoke, charcoal, oak, whisky and tar up front with softer tones of roasted grain, coffee, dark liquorice/anise, dark sugar, coffee, very bitter cocoa and maybe a touch of vanilla. Just a hint of sweetish dark fruit is also present. Very warming and light milky on the nose. The flavour is medium to heavily malty (coffee, bitter cocoa) with medium to heavily oak, tar, dark liquorice and smoky notes. The mouthfeel is salty dry, fat malty and rather soft if you look behind the massive tar backdrop. The aftertaste is of smoke/tar/liquorice with tiny subtle hints of some sweet dark fruits, dark sugar, dry coffee beans and a maybe a light sting of dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied. There is a nice maltiness present in this beer, but the focus is orbiting around the smoke and whisky.