jackl (5057) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Borefts 2012. The pour’s deep brown with a small tan head. The nose is strong islay whiskey, loads of smoke. Choclate. The taste is more peat. smoke, plenty of chocolate. Burning forest. Charred malts. Full body, pretty smooth. Overall, this is just a bit too smokey for my liking.
MrHangover (2865) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark beer, almost pitch black with a brownish hue around the edges and a small tanned head on top. Aroma has massive peat, basically when opening the bottle the peat starts to come at you. That’s definitely the Caol Ila getting you there. Also some faint notes of molasses and roasted malts with chocolate, but it’s all covered in massive peat. I’m a peat-head, so I love it. Flavor has a lot of sweetness going on, quite boozy and strong with some licorice and dark chocolate in the back. The peat is also very strong in this one, overwhelming the palate a little bit, but certainly in a good way. Incredibly full bodied, lots going on here, Lots of boozy whisky notes, sweet molasses, roasted malts, dark chocolate, very complex. Evertything an Imperial Stout needs, this has it. Only flaw is that it’s very unbalanced, the peat has taken over this beer and won’t let go. Still a very good beer!
MatthijsE (885) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Pours deep brown, nearly black, thin tan head, boozy legs of lacing. Aroma is iodine, smoked meats, earthy dark roast, subtle cocoa, peaty whiskey. Taste is moderately sweet, smoked malts and bitterness, Islay whiskey, booze in the finish.
MarcoDL (2445) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, two years old. Black oily pour, very small white brown head. Strong aroma of smoke, peat and chocolate. Taste is quite strong, with peat, smoke, sweet malt, milk chocolate and some mocca. Somewhat bitter and boozy finish. Good beer, with a little bit more body it would be even better.
aenima (278) - Askim, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is peat.Taste is peat. I love bowmore but here it is just dominating the beer. A little sweet finish.
thebeertourist (4937) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BierCab, Bcn. Black with a beige head. Orange and medicinal whiskey nose and flavours. Very nice.
olio (6685) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours dark red, almost black color with a small beige head. Bourbon on the nose, slightly burnt tar and wood. Roasted malts, wood, some faint chocolate and bourbon on the flavor. Soft carbonation, not the most balanced beer, decent. Alcohol comes through. Definitely worse than the base beer.
lusikka (6603) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a black colour a beige foamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, salty licorice and loads of tar. Flavour is quite heavy on tar, salty licorice, soy sauce, tart wooden notes, some sourish blackberries and roastiness. Medium bodied and a dry, sourish finish. Alcohol burns. The barrel notes are quite overwhelming.
laiti (6151) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle @ olio. Bottled 28.08.2012, BBE 28.02.2037
Aroma has strong, peaty and sweet whisky tones. Also licorice. Flavour has rather stinging whisky tones, sweet fruits(!) and tobacco. Also licorice, alcohol and smoke. Whisky is too dominant here.
Bowmore kautta Caol Ila jättää sen.
tiong (4078) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a bubbly brown head. Aroma of strong peaty notes, roastiness, wood, oak, vanilla, ash and smoke. Taste is peaty, stingy and woody with some sticky sweetness and leathery notes. Finish is strong, boozy and peaty with some sticky sweetness, wood, ash and leather. A bit unbalanced and too strong on the peaty notes.
Iphonephan (3714) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz bottle purchased at Borefts 2012 and shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Smoky roasted nose. Flavors of oak, peat and smokey whiskey, Thick and viscous mouthfeel. Roasted finish.