JohnRMurdoch (3740) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Utobeer Market Stall, London. Strong slightly sickly sweet malt aroma. Dark reddish brown colour with a reasonable head. Big toasted barley malt flavour with a smokey barbecue aftertaste. Pleasant surprise as I did not expect to like this one.
ambcompte (47) - SPAIN - AUG 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Potser n’esperava bastant més, al ser fusió d’aquestes dos i al final era el gust com fumat que ho dominava tot massa. Ara, bona. Això si. Però pel preu bastant més car...
Bov (10370) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy of the Erzbierschofs, 11.5% - clear dark brown beer with a poor head retention; rubber and phenol, Islay whisky-like nose; cherries and wood; low carbonation and pretty tasty, sticky, full-bodied, very solid herbal bitterness and a long whisky-like, cherry, woody and herbal finish - very whisky-like and very nice
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is burned wood, roasted malt, soft bitter hops, weak meaty notes, feel is broad, carb is mediumweak, taste is roasted malt, some alcohol, oak, stale coffee, decent hops bite at the end
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Many thanks to my sister-in-law for this one. Shared with gethinbeer on his wedding day. Sticky black brown pour. The aroma is intensely sticky and smoky with a lot of salty malt character. Salty and lightly tofeeish with a lot of fairly rich sweetness and some lingering richness as well. A touch of light salt and a lot of peaty malt character.
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a just-transparent mahogany. Head shrank real fast. I’m tasting something fruity, smoky, and whiskey-ey with a hops punch at the end. It’s complex but tasty. The body is medium-strong.
SirLimpsalot (2595) - SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tydlig ekfats doft med en tydlig portion lacknafta. Mycket het och mycket fat i smaken. Inte den bästa Barley Wine, och i det store och hela ganska smaklös.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl, at 11.5%Vol, new exclusive Scottish brew Anno 2011, thx to Jeppe!, complex brew, malty/sweet and slightly smoked/fruity, not too heavy, balanced, clear, small head, very good brew, yet expensive!
anders37 (19082) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty weak smoky aroma with hints of caramel. Sweetish malty smoky caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty smoky dark fruit finish.
ComradeK (1070) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark chestnut, with a medium off-white head, which lasts well, leaving behind decent lace. The aroma is clearly very influenced by the Islay malts and the time the beer has spent in Jura casks - it smells almost exactly like Islay whisky - peat smoke, maritime aromas and iodine being the main notes, although there is a hint of toffee as well. This is no bad thing, Islay malts being among the finest whiskies in the world. Very mild hops give way almost instantly to smooth toffee, which in turn succumbs to a brief, strongly sweet, fairy floss taste. This creates a bizarre, yet strangely harmonious combination with the Islay whisky which surges into the finish, leaving behind the same lingering smokiness as a whisky of that provenance would. A peculiar beer, this one. Only Brewdog would ever think of blending toffee and whisky into a beer, and good luck to them. Their madcap brewing certainly does make the world of beer a more interesting place.