KansaiBeerLvrs (2279) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
980 yen from Asahiya, it pours a reddish brown with a slight head that vanished quickly. 11.5% The aroma is strong! Boozy, sweet, woodsy with some whiskey notes. Yup, aged 8 months in whiskey barrels. The flavor is pungent, very peaty with a hint of smoke. A kind of dry smokiness, surprising but kind of nice. Really different, promising. I think this would be a great beer to cellar or go well with smoked foods. It’s good at the moment but not what you’d expect from a beer, I would be interested to see how it would develop over time.
dfinney23 (1772) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Obviously a polarizing beer and I fall on the "love it" side. Sweet caramel and chocolate with a meaty, peat smoke essence -- comes off almost like a mole sauce which, again, tends to be a love it or hate it dish.
Barrelbelly (646) - BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Typical peated laphroig whisky taste and aroma leaving no room for other taste and aroma. A bit too much for a beer. Wooden dry aftertaste.
jcos (1571) - Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on 6/18/2013.
Appearance: Pours a dark maroon opaque.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel, light smoke.
Taste: Light bitter, caramel, but a ton of what seems to be liquid smoke(like for cooking) on the end that ruins it for me.
Summary: The finish on this beer, which seems like liquid smoke you’d use in cooking indoors to add smoke flavor(but only a little) overpowers this beer and makes it hard to drink. Like I wrote on untapped, "Bitch No Thanks".
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JUN 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
OMG!!! Such a flavour. Deep rich, barley, smoke, burnt toffee. Very delicious. Strong, strong flavour. Sipping only. Great depth.
Yorker (1308) - Herning, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark reddish amber with a some sediment and an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is peat, whisky, and caramel. Flavour is peat, whiskey, roasted malt, caramel, and some warming alcohol.
SDalkoholic (2173) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Bev 4 Less: Poured a dark amber liquid where a thick fluffy layer of foam rested on top. The nose is completely dominated by rubbing alcohol which is probably due to the whiskey barrel aging process, but there is a faint background of caramelized malts that are usually associated with a red Scotch ale in the aroma too. The initial taste is intensely bitter and tastes exactly like cocaine and I I’m not even kidding about that. The drink is so strong of alcohol that it’s actually hard to drink this like a beer and has me instead sipping on it as if it were a glass of whiskey. Only after taking small sips of this beer am I allowed to drown out the taste of cocaine and pick up on some other flavors such as some sweet caramel like malt and a taste of sea salt in the aftertaste. All in all, this beer taste to much like coke and I just can’t enjoy it because I keep waiting for my mouth to go numb and it’s not happening.
gav12c (119) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a deep hazy amber, with peaty malt aromas. more peat and caramal malt with a smoky finish in the flavour. sip with caution.
jgb9348 (4818) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear deep amber coloured body with a bit of a brown and ruby tint and a thinnish, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of peat, soy sauce, mushrooms, oak, alcohol, whiskey and a bit of cigars. Medium-bodied; Strong oaky and toasty flavours with a lot of peat, vanilla, cigar and even pipe tobacco and a bit of whiskey. Aftertaste not too complex and not too pleasant in flavours - too much oak and whiskey with not enough complexity. Overall, a decent beer - more of a traditional ale or even an old ale than anything interesting. Nice to sample of course, but disapointing and not really worth searching out for, especially given the price. Beer #1 of my 4000rating extravaganza (of 9 total). I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Hollingshead Deli in Orange, California on 06-December-2011 for US$11.99 sampled after Detroit beat the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs in celebration of beating Orange County as a whole. Batch: 0(0/3/9?)6, best before 19-March-2015.
wedgie9 (2029) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 096 Best Before 19/03/16
Tasted on 5/30/13 from a capped 330mL bottle purchased at Binny’s quite a long time ago. Pours hazy dark auburn with an average off-white head that slowly recedes to an average layer of uneven lace. The nose is sweet caramel malt with with some toffee, vanilla, and a smoked peaty aroma just underlying. The flavor is the same caramel malt and toffee, with the peat, smoke, and a charred, roasty flavor. The body is full with just below average carbonation and a long super roasted and smokey, peated finish.