oh6gdx (18576) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (from Ales By Mail, front says Imperial Stout Aged In Whisky Casks, back says speyside with small print). Very deep brown colour, small brown head. Aroma is vanilla toffee, caramel, some fudge and mild notes of cookies as well. Flavour is mildly ashy, mild peated notes, some slight toffee, vanilla, fudge and mild roasted notes. The mild peated and vanillaish notes along with roast stays for quite a while. Smooth and pleasant beer.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home from Bristol Beer Factory online - 18/12/12.
Pours light black, very dark mahogony brown at the edges in the light with a coffee/tan head that soon clears to a film and the edge.
Nose is big on the whisky, roast malt, sugars, molasses, wood, vanilla tones, puff of smoke.
Taste is whisky forward, smokey and peaty in equal measures, sweet sugars, hint of chocolate, light burnt tones, burnt liqourice.
Full bodied, soft carbonation, boozey sweet finish.
Overall drinkable and enjoyable but I donít think the balance is quite there with this one - a little too much on the whisky front. Could have been better.
Beersiveknown (1625) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some peatsmoke and iodine plus plenty of whisky booze. Dark brown with cola head that soon disappears to nothing. That peaty malt is unexpected for a speyside whisky, perhaps an Ardmore. Fair amount if residual malt sweetness and long dry earthy finish.
BenH (1359) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks Craig. Black with tan head. Smokey peaty aroma. Taste is massive whisky, Smokey, little chocolate. Too much whisky for me.
cgarvieuk (11024) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at home ... 12 stouts of Christmas ... dark black ... thin tan head ... soft peaty malt s ... dark roast ... dark malts ... heavy roast ... big malts ... but big whisky ... little too much whisky... no way tooo much whisky for me... little iodine
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 stouts of Christmas 2012 tasting with Craig and Ben. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair, light tan head. Aroma of whisky, honey, oak, vanilla, caramel and roasty malt. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. A lovely whisky finish with honey and oak notes again.
DruncanVeasey (6116) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the í12 Stoutsí selection box. Deep, entrancing nose of toffee, raisin, acetone, blackcurrant, red apple and smoked kippers. Pours thick creamy pitch topped with an unshrinking tan mousse. Deeply smoked, lingering flavour like black peppered beef jerky, tinned smoked kippers, blackcurrant, woodsmoke and juniper incongruously but gloriously mingled. Warm, peppery afterglow with smoked meat like leather. Wonderful.