tfredvik (1501) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black body with a somewhat creamy, light-brown head of moderate size that reduces to a very thin fully lasting layer that laces the glass well. The aroma is strong, burnt and very boozy. At first I thought I got mainly cognac, but after a short while peat and whisky started to come forward, and finally the aroma is rather dominated by peaty whisky. Also some general sour smoke notes, alcohol and light hoppy notes. The taste is moderate sweet and heavy bitter. Very strong flavours of peaty whisky and smoke that effectively drowns most other contributions. I do get some faint traces of something fruity in the back, but I’d liked those element to be more evident. The smoke leaves the throat a bit dry, a kind of snuff like dryness that isn’t that lovely, but otherwise the mouthfeel is close to perfect. The alcohol is very present, but not disturbing. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A bit rough, but still a delicious sipper.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 2 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@BBF12. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, peated smoke, chocolate and coffee. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, peated smoke and dark fruit.
langeveld12 (303) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an average light brown frothy head that mostly diminishes. Body is flat black. Aroma contains roasted and burnt malts, caramel, milk chocolate, mild coffee, grass, orange and lemon, dough, leather, earth, banana, grape, raisin, cask wood, smoke, licorice, alcohol, spices, peat and whiskey. Flavor starts off light acidic and light bitter, to go to sweet and light bitter and to finish peaty and bitter. Body is medium to full with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Less fruity and more peaty than Emelisse standard Russian Imperial Stout. The Ardbeg whiskey brings a nice addition to the flavors but doesn't improve the beer, just changes it.
Pirite (1) - ITALY - FEB 28, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Una produzione di eccellenza. La presenza e la raffinatezza dell’invecchiamento è uno degli aspetti più riusciti. Il palato persiste e muta senza scomparire. Da provare assolutamente.
beer_est_deus (979) - örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Svart, mörk brun öl utan skum. Doft: Rök, tjära, korv, stall, amoniak. Smak: Wiskey, tjär pastiler (terva lejona), övermogna rödabär, sirap, vanilj, gräddkola, kanderat apelsinskal, korv, mjölkchoklad, rostade nötter, gul paprika.
Yorker (1857) - Herning, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 33 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with some sediment and a small tan head that leaves virtually no lacing. Aroma is iodine, peat, and whiskey. Flavour is iodine, smoke, peat, and whiskey.
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, almost black, colored beer with a small head. Smoke dominates the aroma. Flavor is smoked too, some malty sweetness, chocolate and coffee popping up. Some woodnotes too. Smooth bitter sweet finish.
Kikuzzo (143) - Bologna, ITALY - JAN 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredibile, impenetrabile e avvolgente... esperienza da godere senza fretta. Mi portato indietro a quando mio padre fumava la pipa e la domenica mattina prima di pranzo usava il tabacco leggero, dolce e un po’ vanigliato.
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an oily black with a small, tight tan head which quickly disappeared. Aroma of peatyness overpowers everything else in the nose (good job I like my Islay malts). Smooth, creamy medium body. flavour is of the peaty roasted malt dominating, with a very dry, bitter aftertaste. Excellent for what it is, but a very acquired taste.
Idiosynkrasie (5319) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Clear darkest reddish glowing black colour with almost no head, just a reawakening thin tan layer remains. Aroma has extreme whiskey notes, tar, peat, leather, oak; no hints of malt or hop detectable. Taste is surprisingly different; more compact, earthy, swampy, peaty, some leather, tannin, a nuttily touch; flat carbonation. Although the BA flavours predominate, the taste gives the feeling of a unit.