DruncanVeasey (6114) - 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 ’12 Stouts’ 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.
Leighton (6955) - London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Bottle at Bruce’s, London during The Stouts Tasting, Pt. II - massive thanks to Jack for sharing another winner from his Bristol stouts cache! Pours thick black-brown with a staunch, khaki cream head. Tons of peat in the nose, brown sugar, sweet bread. Hugely sweet flavor, loads more peat, brown sugar, light roast, dark sugars. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, sticky dark sugars, lots more peat, toasted brown sugar, mellow roast, light roast. Quite a bit of peat here, but I like it.
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.
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.
downender (5191) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as part of the 12 stouts of Christmas. Near black with a slight tan head. Sweetish aroma of caramel, whisky, heather and wood. Flavour had chocolate, a lot more whisky, vanilla oak and a roast, warning finish. My last beer of 2012 and a very enjoyable way to end the year.
Beersiveknown (1617) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, 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 don’t think the balance is quite there with this one - a little too much on the whisky front. Could have been better.
Scopey (3243) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at THE stouts tasting part 2, thanks to jack who is spoiling us with BBF stouts..... It pours near black with a small light tan head. The nose is vanilla, roasted malt, earth, hot milk and earth. The taste is toast, roasted malt, cocoa powder, earth, varnish, honey, whisky, brown sugar and pleasant bitterness. Full body and fine, prickly carbonation. Well-integrated and flavoursome. One of the best BBF stouts out there.
mR_fr0g (439) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as part of the 12 stouts of Christmas. Initial volatile aromas are more smoky than expected. These smoky aromas fade to a more smooth whiskey roast character. Black with a big old tan head. Fantastic looking beer. Flavour is dominated by the whiskey and roast. a little out of balance.
fonefan (29292) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark black colour with a average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, beige to light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, whisky, peat, wood, smoked. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, peat, dark malt, roasted, chocolate, whisky notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic.