Embrouille (2819) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 33cl. Ordered from www.erzbierschof.ch. It pours a murky brown beer with a quick diminishing light beige head which leaves a slight spotty bubbly lace. Chestnuts and vanilla throughout. Sourish. Light to medium bodied. Nice balance. Practically no carbonation. Dry finish which is smoky.
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@omhper tasting. Very deep amber colour, small beigeish brown head. Aroma is mild smoked wood, some vanilla and mild sour wooden notes. Flavour is quite much the same, but rather big on the peat.
omhper (19187) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, thanks Bov! Clear dark brown, small head, Aroma of coffee and bourbon. Medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Lots of oak and vanilla, rather intense smoky islay whisky, Still it manages to stay balanced. The best I’ve tried in the series so far.
gnoff (7663) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at the tasting at omhper on September 30, 2011
Clear brown color, yellow to tan head. Sweet, malty, lactic, wood scent. Sweet, alcohol, wood taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Whisky aftertaste.
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier, Switzerland
Dark brown color; generous creamy head. The delicate peaty whisky aroma is just slightly stronger than the Special Reserve 20; mild campfire wood too, and very light vanilla and banana.
The underlying Brown Ale has the same caramel flavor as in the other versions, but it seems a bit sweeter here; the smoked whisky character is moderate (as in the other beers of the series), but pleasantly well integrated in this beer, and it gives a light salty character.
The final has some caramel, chocolate, smoke, and also light vanilla (indeed this is a different wood than the Special reserve 20).
Pleasant, balanced, the most interesting of the set.
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from Au Grain d’Orge, Neuchâtel - slightly hazy brown colour with a little persistent beige foam; more pronounced smokiness than in the 20 y.o. version, chestnuts and sherrys show up; medium-bodied and with a velvety palate, low bitterness; long whisky-like finish with notes of caramel and wood - superb