ABT_S54 (196) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle shared in a Struise glass. Pours a thick dark brown colour with a voluminous beige head which last a long time (which is handy as this is the ultimate sipper). Aroma is too strong for me. I have had to mark this down for that. Initially once the bottle is opened I got rotten vegetables. However, pleasingly once the beer has been opened for a few minutes this aroma disappears and gives way to huge quantities of peat. Taste is very similar to the aroma with peat being the predominant flavour. Tobacco, peat and oak are al very present and clearly the base beer is very malt heavy which handles the Islay casks admirably. The perfect beer for an autumn afternoon/evening. If you can try this do however, it is an acquired taste that you either love or hate - I cannot see there being any middle ground with this one.
Hugi (412) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - SEP 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a medium, tanned head (i forgot to write down the colour of the beer...d’oh!).
Aroma: Malty, a bit of chocolate, esters, red wine, a bit peaty. Heavy taste derived from oak aging, similar to old red wine, red berries, full body and long lasting taste.
Aethien (32) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Older version as I’ve had this laying around for at least 12-18 months. Very dark brown with a caramel coloured head, smells of alcohol, leather, oak, slight hints of that sharp peated whiskey smell, plums and chocolate. Smooth flavour profile without overbearing flavours, a good mix of the dark, fruity alcoholic flavours of a strong Belgian ale with subtle but noticeable earth and oak flavours. Smooth, complex and understated, very enjoyable beer.
bartlebier (1959) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
66cl bottle, shared by Chris at Hugi’s Homebrew tasting, cheers. Chocolate earthy brown pour. Autumn leaves and red berries in a suave nose, accompanied by very gentle peat and dried fruits. Much more subtle than the Arbeg version, which can stand a few more years of aging to absorp its Islay fumes. Taste is subtle and dominated by the pillowy HQ yeast profile, giving the light chocolate malts and berry notes a texture of a delicate Black Forest Cake, well whipped up and topped by dusty-earthen pure chocolate powder. Benchmark in new wave BE subtlety both in brewing and cask aging.
Oldmanriver (53) - Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super complex and delicious. Pours dark brown/black. Relatively flat looking light on carbonation. Nice peat aroma (not too strong, but noticeable) on top of dark malt, plum, oak, honey, tobacco, and leather. The mouthfeel is on the light side, earthy, malty, grainy, and deep. The smoke flavor was wonderfully subtle. More of a complimentary element rather than a dominate bacon in a bottle. It is rich in flavor and complexity. finishing relatively dry with a slight ash astringency.
Jerre (2723) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste @ brewery juli 2012, when plannend a visit with Zythos group .
Brown color, tan head.
Aroma roasted malts, wood, bit of chocolate. Medium body.
Taste: roasted malts, caramel, wood, peated, alcohol touch.
miquelcrush (1490) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.
Habanero (2747) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours clear, deep amber with a small, beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, wood, chocolate, carame, peatl and whiskey notes, Sweet flavor that ends up dry with some bitterness. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carb. An excellent brew.
Tuuker (23) - - JUN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Peat, smoke, sweet caramelly-malty,cherries
Appearance: Deep red, thick but quickly dissapearing head.
Taste: Caramell- tofee like sweetness, peat, smoke, earthiness,
Palate: Thick mouthfeel, silky, some alchol heat
Overall: Very interesting beer, it was an experience
Beerhunter111 (8256) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trübes dunkelbraunes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch holzig, malzig, alkoholisch, Bourbon. Geschmack holzig, malzig, fruchtig, alkoholisch.