JorisPPattyn (9470) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite resistent, rusty-tan head over black, viscously pouring beer. Some coffee, and lots of (bitter, aromatic) chocolate; smoked (peat) and spirit; woodfire aromas. Quite smoked, lightly phenolic, alcoholsweetness, spirit and bitter chocolate, coffeedrops and tobacco. Very complex, yet just a tad unidimensional. Finish is very dry. Viscous, full bodied, slick and alcoholheat, internal fireworks. Velvety slickness pointing directly at oats. Excellent, as usual, d*mned wax, also as usual. Strangely peated for a Speyside.
olio (9278) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle @ Timo A. Bottled. 28.02.2012. BBE +25 years.
Pours pitch black color with a medium beige head. Aroma of some port wine, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, some wooden notes, bourbon, hints of vanilla and peat. Flavor of dark chocolate, ash, cocoa powder, bourbon, some red wine notes, hints of coffee, dark berry notes and peat. Very rich and complex brew with a nice appealing aroma, sadly the alcohol comes through a bit too much. Still very good.
sebletitje (9264) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ ACBF 2012, Moen.
Brune foncée, col beige léger.
Arôme de malt grillé/chocolaté avec ce bouquet unique de Speyside sur une légère tourbe et cendre.
En bouche, palais malté, chocolaté, profile de barrique de Speyside donne un profile légèrement fumé et tourbe sans être trop exagéré.
Fini est sec, malté avec juste ce qu’il faut de whisky tout en gardant une levure signature DeMolen.
mR_fr0g (9220) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the level 42, 24/05/2016. Many thanks to Matteo for this one. Pitch black coloured pour with a lasting thin dark tan head. Aroma is roast, black malts, solvent, blackberry, raspberry, woody. Flavour is composed of brown sugars, bitter black malts, woody, tangy raspberry, woody, hint of coffee, . Palate is tangy black malts, highish carbonation, tangy berry, semi sweet. Good. Little jammy fruit lingers.
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at t’Arendsnest. Pours dark brown with a modest tna head and a treacle and alcohol aroma. There is a sour fruity flavor with a dry alcohol finish. Complex, but does not gel very well.
Hansen (8410) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, almost black. Has a light-brown head, medium duration. Malty-roasted notes with whisky-notes, faint peat. Strong flavor, more roasted and peaty notes, warming alcohol. Moderate bitter finish. Dry, creamy texture.
douglas88 (8397) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Dylan. Looked really rough, but has held up. Pours a pure jet black color with a medium brown head. A pine and hop nose with astringency and whisky. The flavor is a big cocoa and roast, again more pine, the whisky really melts into a similar earthy and bitter flavor, very smooth. Finishes with earthy chocolates. Very solid. Easy despite the ABV.
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle pours mahogany with mocha like head of foam. The aroma offers up molasses, dark roasted malts, some spicy wood like notes and then vague soft barrel notes. The taste begins with roasted malts, dark roasted malts and some chocolate. It then moves into almost peaty like booze and spicy wood. Overall the mouthfeel is on the thin side and the taste lingers with mild spicy wood notes and fading roasted maltiness.
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
17/V/2012 - 33cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ Klaas’ place - bottled: 28/II/12 (2012-513) Thanks to Bene for sharing the bottle!
Clear deep brown to black beer, small aery beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of mocha, dried fruits, caramel, alcohol, some disinfectant, bit of coffee. MF: lot of carbon, medium body, alcohol burning the throat. Taste: mocha, coffee, sugary, dried fruits, warming alcohol. Aftertaste: dark chocolate, mocha, coffee, oatmeal, raisins, brown sugar.
laiti (8069) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle @ Timo A. Bottled 28.02.2012, BBE 28.02.2037
Aroma is sweetish with lots of peat, some whisky and oaky notes. Flavour is sweet and rather strong on whisky notes. Some peat and woody notes too. Foamy and somewhat creamy palate. Too sweet and too strong on whisky.