Msweet13 (1) - - JUN 11, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great nose and great flavor, for 8.1% the beer is not hot and drinks easy. My understanding is that it is made in Old Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey barrels. Although it is a stout, it is more fluid to the pallet than most stouts.
Beersiveknown (3950) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home from drinkstore
Opaque black brown, dark tan lacing. Slightly lactic, molasses, vanilla, full bodied, slight carbonation, rich, toasty, slight sourness, warming, prunes, long tongue numbing, dry finish. Complex stuff.
Cunningham (5667) - Halden, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Walking around in Trondheim a cold January winter evening can be quite freezzzing. So what is better to do than stick your nose into a warm cousy pub. Café Dublin in Trondheim do also give you some football to make the time pass by. Any interesting beers? Hmm normally not to much. But this time something nice shined from the cooler. An Irish imperial stout. Ahhh that sounds nice. Even barrel aged in Irish whiskey barrels. I have good memories about The normal Leann Follain. So let’s go.
Looks quite inviting with a fine black body with a nice dense beige head on top. Good lacing also. Nice mellow aroma with some toffee, oak and mild peat. Solid body, but not as thick as expected. Quite creamy and smooth with a soft carbonation. Well balanced bitterness vs sweetness. Lovely smooth and mellow flavor with many dimensions. Toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla and mild peat. Not any in your face “big beer” imperial stout. Still a lovely nice evening sipper. The sad thing is that it is hopeless to find some bottles to keep in the basement. Would love to have some for good occasions. A pleasant #5000 rating.
[Bottle (No 5194 of 5500. 4th edition) at Café Dublin in Trondheim, Norway]
weark (435) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - MAR 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Au grain D’Orge - Black color with a fast disappearing tan head - Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, whisky, hints of peat, smoke and pear - Flavor is chocolate, whisky, peat and hints of sourness - Full body, medium carbonation, sweet, sweet, chocolate whisky finish - awesome & complex
Stuu666 (6508) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is smoky, wood, chocolate, toffee, taste is dry, fruity, whiskey, chocolate, wood.
rzymol (118) - - MAY 8, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with Matbli. Pours with a beige, very homogenous and extremely stable head that gives a very enjoyable lacing. An appearance of this beer is gorgeous. The aroma is of vanilla scents, barrel wood and milked coffee with some fruity esters (quite unexpected). Taste is built of sweetness, light sourness and bitterness. Very light whiskey finish and whiskey dryness in the aftertaste. A very good stout.
Indra (2707) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml, Edition No. 4, Bottle #498/5500. Dark, roasty malt aroma, plenty of dark chocolate to be found here, along with subtler notes of Irish Coffee, black bread, vanilla, earthiness, tobacco, licorice, molasses and some very faint whiskey and smoke in the background. Highly complex and indulgent. Utterly black in color with a lasting, fine, uneven, light tan head and very fine lacing to match. Flavor profile is rife with chocolate throughout, some dark sweetness and roasty malt mingling here and there, and finishes with suggestions of coffee and a lightly oaky, whiskey undertone that nearly fades entirely, perhaps some faint toasted coconut here as well. Smooth and silky on the palate with a moderately high level of effervescence, body is nicely full. The whiskey is extremely underplayed here, but what remains is a very rich and tasty, strong Irish-style Stout.
matbli (133) - Poznań, POLAND - MAY 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle 750ml, pours dark brown almost black with beautifull strong pillowy beige head, very long lasting. Aroma of vanilla, esters with pear notes, oak wood and some coffee. Good balanced taste with light coffee bitterness, delicate sourness and some sweetness. In taste some whisky notes are noticable. General a nice stout.
culchiem (3012) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 639 of 3300. Dark chocolate brown with a tan head. Aroma is velvet chocolate and dark fruit. Flavour is dark bitter chocolate, dry roasted malt with a sweet infusion of Irish whiskey. Palate is dry bitter.
McTapps (5734) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - NOV 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle number 1945. Beer pours out in a very deep dark (black) colour with creamy brown, beige head and medium body. Nice aroma of malt and chocolate. Nice taste of rich, intense malt, espresso, coffee, chocolate, raisins, torf and woods. Earthy and milky hints. A very honest and deep stout - pure and quaffable. I enjoyed it a lot.