jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the main event (and therefore the final bottle) at my imperial stout tasting, so needless to say my handwriting and notetaking abilities were getting a little sloppy so I probably didnít get to appreciate this one to its full extent. Pours dark brown with amber and the slightest trace of a head, we had fun noticing the "legs" it left on the side of the glass. The nose is huge, with deep fruits, chocolate, smoke and a roast character, along with the expected alcohol. In the mouth, dark chocolate, deep fruits, some expended coffee grounds, roast malt with plenty of alcohol burn all the way through and lingering bitter chocolate and roast meat. Everything about this brew is huge, and even through the alcohol, I could really appreciate the complex, full flavors and would love to visit it again. However, my bottle was shared with friends and i donít see myself dropping another 35 quid for another 12 ounces...
sfhodense (4791) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - APR 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is black malt, heavy smoke, bacon and heavy alcohol. Flavour is black malt, extreme alcohol, heavy smoke and whiskey liquor. Extreme with extreme.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a wonderful deep mahogany. No head or carbonation. Quite slick and oily as it runs down the side of the glass. Heaps of alcohol in the nose with lots of roasted malt sweetness and some dark fruits. Plenty of peaty scotch whisky but still enough stout type aromas to call this a beer. Flavours are initially all about scotch whisky with plenty of peat and alcohol burn. Imperial stout come through near the end as the beer warms with roasted malt and burnt toffee bitterness. Mouth feel is quite thick and oily as expected. Not like anything I have tasted and certainly better than anticipated.
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours rusty/brown with some amount of clarity, looks like a rum or liqueur in the glass. Very oily and leaves legs on the side of the glass. Aroma is pretty much all about Islay whisky characteristics. Salty, medicinal, smoky, iodine and of course boozy. Flavour is dominated by yet more Islay flavours, more iodine and peat/smoke, then into more chocolately territory, roasted-ish notes, raisins and dried fruits, ityís quite hot and certainly warming on the throat and belly. Finish is spirit/liqueur-like with smoke still blowing about and residual sweetness. Itís very hard to rate this beer with the Rate Beer point system, as palate rating and appearance are hard to pin down as both are not at all beer like and much more akin to a spirit. Iím sure the, "Is it a beer or a liqueur?" debate will rage on for some time to come. AT the end of the day I respect the beer for itís experimental nature and the fact that it has started some interesting debates around my part of the world. Is it over priced? Yes. Is it novelty? I think ot a degree. Is it clever marketing? Once again to a degree. Iím glad Iíve tried it, and most people should give it a go even if itís split 6 ways as it still marks a point in Beers evolution and itís always best to see for yourself if something is marked "controversial."
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at UDRB, Oirschot. Deep dark brown color. Malt, soy sauce and butterscotch in the aroma. Toffee. Hey, thereís carbon! I didnt expect that. Oak in the flavor with loads of alcohol. Roast, coffee, charcoal, licorice, loads of roasted malt. Laurel. Hops. Tobacco. Loads of flavor, but they go everwhere and there is no harmony whatsoever. Hard to rate this drink properly.
cgarvieuk (14075) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2010 Nip at home 16:57 21 Dec 09 ... Huge thanks to Cloisters Bar Edinburgh ... Cheers Barry ... for the remains of the bottle ... Deep brown ... not as dark as expected ... big islay whiskey nose maybe not as much as the islay paradox but thats the dominating aroma ... maybe a little vanilla and toffee as well in the nose ... firey ... big toffee and vanilla up front... soft soft chocolate behind the Islay TCP ... the alcohol burn lingers ... very wooody in the finish ... little smokey and hint of charcoal ... Nice but id really have rathered this hadnt spent time in the Smokehead Cask, as i think like the Raspberry this would have been so much nicer (for me) without the Islay characters... End rating 17:03 21 Dec 09
Tk2 In Hotel Car park on way down to fins... with Bloke (Adrian i think) that i met in the pub ... nice red black ... nice meaty sprit nose ... islay smokeyness creas in ... but vanilla is there to in the nose ... woody rich dark malts ... some blackcurrent ... some vanilla ... and the islay smokeyness ... still a little to iodine for me ... 3.8
Tk3 at Fins ... bottle opened for 3months via fresh ...
fresh first ... deep red ... vanilla smokey islay malt ... littlee vanilla ice cream nose ... fudge and big spirit ... lots of islay tcp ...
older bottle ... dark brown... much more islay ... huge tcp ... this is much more how i remeber it the first time ... i think this is batch difference not age ... agin in flavour load and loads of islay ... quite a lot of spirit burn ...the islay lingers quite a bit ... 3.6
back to fresher one while the whisky is definitly present ... and there a little spirit burn its not as much and lot less islay tcp tones ... much prefer this version ... 3.9
dark brown ... toffee and huge spirit ... quite tcp nose ... big spirit front ... loads of toffee ... again quite a lot of tcp iodine ... that dominates quite a lot... 3.7
Remain of bottle 2 at home 7.7.10 ... dark brown ... light mellow nose ... lots of toffee and light iodine ... much softer and more prominent toffee ... less cocolate or a mellower toffee than fresh ... still lots of Islay whiskey ... big spirit burn ... odd sweet creamy toffee linger along side the burn .3.7
JaBier (4834) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample from a bottle supplied by James at the 2nd Annual Winking Lizard Real Ale Fest on 3/27/10. Clear brown pour with no head. Nose of smoke, peat and liquor. Flavor is smoke, gasoline and harsh burning liquor. Glad I got to try this, but not my thing. Most of the ridiculously high gravity beers Iíve had still taste like they could be beers, but this one is straight up booze.
yngwie (13214) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Never had a commercial beer filled so high before, it was actually just a few millimeters of headspace left. It pours completely flat, and has a very dark brown, oily body. Very boozy on the nose, but it takes some seconds for the burn to hit the inner rooms of the nose. Peat, salty licorice, heavily burnt malts, charred wood, vanilla and dark dried fruits too. It hits the mouth with a burning sensation, soon distributing heavily roasted malts and peat, and some dried fruits and vanilla. Sea, licorice, dried fruits, peat and burnt malts in the end. In addition to alcohol off course. Itís full-bodied, oily and very warming, as expected. A very unusual experience, fun and flavorful, but still nothing more than a marketing gimmick and an experiment. A part of a race towards complete meaninglessness. 100411
Fin (7278) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle with Craig, who kindly supplied this beer (cheers mate) consumed at my gaff, day two tasting 09-04-10 Ice cream on the nose, along with toffee, caramel, marshmallow, its got a strange pudgy aroma, sweet, bit sickly, and with some spirit. Taste is more spirit like than beer, I reminded a little of the Czech spirit Becherovka (the dark version), its a touch herbal. Not really my thing, and tried alongside an earlier batch there was hardly any whisky aromaís in this one compared to the other one Craig had. [b> A5 A3 F4 P2 Ov9 2.3
Ady (1) - USA - APR 8, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small sample from a bottle given to me by Craig (cgarvieuk) having seen me drinking Trashy Blonde at the JDW festival. If you happen to love Islay whisky as I do then you should like this but itís more like a spirit than a beer.