HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle shared by garthicus with me and blankboy. Hazy deep ruby with a smallish frothy beige head. Love that aroma - Islay for sure, candi, alcohol ... herbal .... mmmmmm! Taste - incredibly earthy, iodine, the sweetness from the aroma ran away - almost like a snuffed match - love it, and the alcohol is quite restrained .... the hoppiness is sneaky - any less Laphroig hessian/seaweed and this would seem VERY hoppy, but as it is ... backseat, bitch! A bit watery, very astringent, weakly carbonated, with a very long Islay dry finish. I love a good whisky, so I love this.
garthicus (2785) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Appearance: Thick red, small brown head. Aroma: whiskey, wood, lots of sweetness, raisins, candy, lots of malt, smells great. Flavour: Smoke! Malt! Like a bbq plank, lots of raisin and candy, quite sweet but with an overwhelming whiskey and wood flavour. Quite the surprise!
Coyler (112) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice red amber colour , kept a good head, smell of what i first thought was fishy and started to like it. First sip was fairly heavy taste of oak, but after a few sips got a nice fruity/oak taste which would be lovely with certain foods. Lovely full bodied beer and one that ill be going back to very soon.
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NŘ, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, peated smoke and earthy notes. Flavour is caramel, heavy peated smoke, alcohol and light fruity notes.
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2011
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle… Dark, clear, burnt-orange ale with a small, frothy, off-white head. Good retention. The bouquet offers and odd (but not entirely dysfunctional) marriage of peaty Scotch whiskey, Nelson hops, and caramel malts. Medium to full-bodied with an abrasive mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. The cardboard-like flavor is boozy, minerally, oxidized and over-attenuated – neither feels nor tastes at all like a barleywine. Finishes alcoholic, bone-dry and far too bitter. There’s just no residual sugar at all here... and it’s a barleywine? A complete miss by two of my favorite avant-garde breweries. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!
larsga (6676) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium beige head. Pretty deep red body. Deep smoky toffee aroma
with wild berry, roasty malt, and whisky notes. Dry-sweet
whiskyish chocolate and smoke taste with roasty malts and wild
berry notes. Also swirling around in there somewhere are resiny
citric hop notes. Fullish body. Sharpish, slightly hot mouthfeel.
Dryish smoky resiny charcoal aftertaste with notes of wild
berries, salt, cocoa, and burnt grain. Excellent! It’s a bit
wild, and not as balanced as it could be. In a way it’s like a
messier version of Ola Dubh. (0.33l bottle, wine monopoly Vika,
50belair (2929) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to darkguardian. Clear amber pour with a foamy white head. Damp moss and bactine nose. Wow, the scotch is over powering with all kinds of pete and smoke flavors. Bitch please, I say no thank you.
ejay (67) - SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@Bishops Arms, Lund
Copper-red color with small-medium offwhite head. Medium lacing. Aroma of smoke, tar and some caramel. Creamy mouthfeel and full body. Heasy taste of smoke, a bit too heavy. There is also tar and some licorice.
Interesting but I think the smoke is overpowering.
esox (1177) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown colour, thin creamy head. Strong whisky nose, almost peppery. Loads of exotic hops. Increasing fruitiness, strawberry jam. Medium maltiness, sweet caramel, some toffy, nice smoky kick from peated malts. Smoky and bitter finish, gentle wood character. Slightly alcoholic. Almost full bodied, could be richer and more complex. Still a nice brew.
Hoprider (149) - DENMARK - JUL 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a little bit of a bruiser. Pours a dark gold color with a off white head. The nose reveals peated malts but not extremely overpowering. I suppose some could be put off by the peat but its not a high ppm level at all. The peat contains the sweetness but lets it loose as time pass. Its not a usual american barley wine sweetness, but more like an imperial scotch ale I think. Aftertaste, like the nose, is a little rough and alcohol shows just a tad too much for my taste. Hats off for controling the peat even though its from Laphroaig - a distillery on the south coast of Islay - hated by many, loved by peat-o-philes across the globe. Myself included