Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chris_O’s 19th April 2008 tasting. Clear light blond appearance but a heady, ultra-peaty whisky aroma. In the mouth, you’ve got the same great Islay peat flavours combined with hefty hopping, which leads to a long, smoky finish. A very interesting beer and one that can be pretty divisive - don’t expect to agree with your friends on whether it is any good!
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Mes @ WSF. Clear golden with tiny white head. Smoky and viniuos with notes of hops, caramel, whisky and grapefruit.
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks a lot Mes for sharing! Clear, blond body. Complex aroma of spices, medicijen cabinet. Quite weird aroma but nice anyway, in its own way ... Heavily bitter, lightly sweet flavour. Heavily bitter finish. The flavour is just very incoherent, it makes no sense at all, but I wouldn’t call it bad at all, just one big WTF?
Bov (8989) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 courtesy of Laurent Mousson - clear bronze colour with a little persistent white foam; robust fruity hoppy nose, estery and with a touch of wood; quite oily, solid malt body, very bitter and dry aftertaste showing solid notes of gentian - subtle and very original
joergen (19345) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2008 Bottle.
Clear yellow coloured with a snall white head.
Aroma of malts, caramel, butterscotsch and hops.
Flavour of malts, caramel, smoke, hops and grape fruits.
Dry hoppy finish.
Not very fond of the combination of IPA and cask aged whisky.
bierkoning (9754) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Magic Dave, thanks! Heavy aroma of peated malt. This beer must be firmly hopped, but apart from some grass the oak, peat and iodine flavors totally overpower all other flavors and aromas. The balance may be totally gone, but this beer is absolutely delicious.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2008
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle@SpontaneousWeekend08. Very peaty and idione aroma. Golden color, white head, fair lace. Very very peaty, bitter, iodine, some malts. Very dry mouthfeel. This is too much and doesn’t go well with a ipa imo. Still thanks Mes!
thebeertourist (4617) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear golden colour with a medium white head. Truly unique aromas-but the medicinal, iodine and peaty Islay character is quite overpowering. Good bitterness, peaty flavours quite dominant. I am not sure if I really like this beer, but it is fascinating at the same time.
TimE (2943) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Pangaea. This beer is odd. Bright yellow color, but nothing really, but a bottle of liquid peat. It is a strech to find hop traces or a backbone of anything in this beer. It is hard to believe a beer of 8% could come across like water. The paradoxes do well as there is enough backbone to go against the strong whisky flavors. It just doesn’t work here. Still worth a try for its uniqueness.
harrisoni (12477) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Never had a whisky cask IPA. I really like the PUNK IPA this is based on, but not keen on Ardbeg or any Islay whisky. So I was interested. Gold with thin white head. Unmistakeable islay aroma. Softened slightly by hops. The IPA stuff is great, good body, tasty grapefruit hop. The TCP/peat is actually not as strong as I feared. It would still be better as a straight IPA I think. Given the fact that I gave the Paradox islay a 0.9/5 this gets more. Still, get rid of the Ardbeg and you’d have a good beer.