omikr0n (658) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Rose Red, Bruges. Pours mostly clear dark red with very thin white head. Aroma is lots of licorice, malt, hint of smoke. Flavor is malt, licorice, wood, smoke, port wine, alcohol. Very sweet. Sweet aftertaste. I was honestly a bit disappointed.
Abio (1519) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown coloured brew with a nice holding head. Roasted malts and sweet caramel, slightly smoked.
Barrelbelly (596) - BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drak brown black with small head. Peated and roasted aroma. Taste of peated whisky, leather, roasted malts.
bierkoning (9826) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Dark chocolate, ash and peat in the aroma and flavor. malty sweet, caramelly. Floral hops. Salty notes. Well balanced. Full of flavor. Lovely beer.
Abijen (1158) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown beer with a good white head. Smells smoked, peated and roasted. Tastes peated, roasted and coffee. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.
Bosbouw (818) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Donkere caramel en chocolade kleur met een aardige kraag. Ruikt gerookt, whisky, hop. Smaakt bijzonder, whisky, alcohol, maar ook fruitig en iets
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
66 cl. bottle with the usual gift-wrapping @ home. Obtained in a trade with Martinus. Thx! Bottled on 08/2013. Pours a dark wooden brown with a very milky mocha coloured head consisting of larger bubbles. Smell is brown sugar sweet, biscuit, malts, faint dark fruits covered in a layer of seaweed, iodine, peat & pleasant minerals. Taste really opens up when it get a bit warmer, preferred it slightly chilled as opposed to room temp. Upfront it tastes of soy sauce, teriyaki, thick dark bread, thick caramel, brown bananas, lots of lots of milk chocolate, sugary sweet with a distinct meaty / gravy quality to it, the yeast pushed to the max I assume, finish is bitter, faint charred oak, light peated earth, rounder & more mellow I feel compared to some of the other editions but it has been a while for me. There is a more delicate balance here, way more sweetness, biscuit, gingerbread, dark bread this time around. Mellower, more balanced brew not that the others were more than potent in their own right. I am really liking the sweetness here. In the finish you get this nicely warming sensations once the flavours fade, almost whiskey-like. Excellent, really outstanding brew. I have trying these variations since they first showed up I feel like they keep evolving in an opposite way. Really stellar this one, my fav. so far for sure.
altonbrownd (4615) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Martinus, Secret Sinterklaas 2013. Dark brown body with puffy tan head. Nose is oaky, malts, toffee, chocolate. Taste is nice roasty malts, espresso, whisky notes, dark chocolate and toffee. Just great. Thanks so much!
Benzai (6409) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home, thanks for getting this for me Martinus! Dark brown to black color with a nicedeep dark red glare coming tthrough, full sized beige head that leaves splendid lacing and lasts for quite some time. Aroma has malts, whiskey, lightly smoke and peat. Taste malts, lightly smoke and peat again, whiskey, lightly bitter, but also a touch of sweetness. In my opinion the beer is a bit thin considering the barrel aging and the 9% ABV. Very tasty though, and very balanced.
BoBoChamp (5105) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
66cl, at 10%Vol, as Embrasse Peated Oak Aged, with sticker ’Lagavulin Edition’, new exclusive brew Anno 2013, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex smoked brew, smoked/spicy and slightly woody/fruity, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, good head, very good brew, yet expensive!