tderoeck (3000) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2/XI/12 - 33cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - bottled: 28/VIII/12 (2012-1235)
Black beer, big aery beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: peated, lots of it! Some caramel, little sweet, bit leathery. MF: soft carbon, full body, smooth soft texture. Taste: some caramel, bit sugary start, lots of peated flavours, smoky, alcohol, little bitter. Aftertaste: caramel, bit sugary, smoky, lots of peat! Love it!
fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Bierkoning, Amsterdam; bottled 28 August 2012
It pours dark brown, not black, with barely some sparse head. The aroma is a peat festival, pure Laphroaig, with haring and iodine. The base beer is not as roasty as other Imperial Stouts, it’s instead well malty, with caramel, rather sweet; the peaty character is excellent; there is a mild salty presence, and a relatively strong bitterness; as usual, the alcohol is well managed.
Two thirds Barley Wine, one fourth Imperial Stout; another masterpiece by Menno.
dEnk (2635) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Borefts. Aroma is big peatyiodine silty goodness, then some roasty malt and liquorice notes. Flavour is an slightly burning thick smokey peat madness, the fruity notes of the rasputin slowly shining through. Long silty iodine lingering roasty liquorice bitterness with some alcohol burn.
Total merger of whiskey and beer. Awesome if that’s your thing.
Countbeer (2853) - Best of Eindhoven ohne Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
No head, just some blacki bubbles on top of an almost back colored beer. There’s some dark red amber shining through.
The smell has lots of iodine and jodium inside, there’s also some band aid, smoked oak. A bit medicinal.
Taste is earthy with nuts, iodine/jodium, roast, roasted/burnt wood, roasted malts, ash. Different but nice.
Aftertaste is bitter, roast, iodine, and some burnt wood and barleys.
Low carbo, soft mouthfeel, full body and an oily texture.
Leighton (6956) - London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Borefts BF 2012, Bodegraven. Pours dark black-brown with a fine, beige foam head. Rich dark chocolate on the nose, some smokey barrel notes. Big sweet flavor with oily chocolate, moderte roast, light peat, burnt sugars. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Chewy. Lightly warming finish with further oily chocolate notes, rich chocolate cake, light roast and peat. Great stuff. Fine, I’m a sucker for the De Molen monster stouts.
bierkoning (8956) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Borefts 2012. Black and opague. Laphroaigh! One of my favorites. But it didn’t dominate as much as I expected. Chocolate and soft peaty notes in both aroma and flavor. Dried red fruit, licorice. Sweet with hints of alcohol throughout the peat. Good!!
JorisPPattyn (7308) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2012 Thin beige-brown head over cloudy dark brown beer with vague amberish reflections. Very tarry, phenolic nose; concentrated peated malts’ aroma. Woody, tarry, peated malts, with a fine sourish lining that lends excellent balance. Hints at (alcohol?) sweetness; smoked à gogo. Warming up makes some fruity notes appearing, like billberries. Medium bodied, quite slick and serious alcoholheat. Very good one, for the Islay geeks. As me.
joergen (17353) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Borefts Bier Festival 2012.
Dark brown coloured with a small off-white head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of whisky.
Sweet and roasted flavour of whisky with notes of dried ruits.
Ober (2763) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught @ 4th Borefts 2012. A pitch black colored beer, with a dark beige head. The aroma of dark, a little roasted malt, dark fruits with bitter and wood. The taste of dark fruits, some wood and peat. Notes of alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter a little sweet and wood notes.
Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Borefts. Very dark maroon color, bright tan edge head. Aroma of smoke, peat, dark cocoa, coffee. Taste is sweet vanilla and coffee. Delicious.