flip_soeperman (267) - NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
smoke, nuts, roasty, black, cloudy, minimal head, brown foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, Smokiness, malt sweetness and hops bitterness are very balanced, although the sweetness and bitterness are use to fight the smokiness as this is very strong. Smells like a islay
ads135 (1572) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The earthy, peaty sting of Aardbeg mixed with the coffee and chocolate of their imperial stout. Bitter, with an uncompromising smokiness. Stings a bit, but very enjoyable. Tried with Dave at the brewery in April, 2012.
kermis (2483) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a small beige head. Lots of peat in the aroma And flavor overpowering roasted malts and chocolate. Nice but not really balanced.
Benzai (4343) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle @ tasting with Joes and Dutchdrebus. Courtesy of Dutchdrebus. Pitch black color, no head, no lacing. Smell moderately malty, lightly chocolate, hints of grapes, hints of raisin, hints of plum, port, slightly alcohol. Taste malts, moderate to heavy bitter, lightly alcohol, hint of chocolate, whisky and only lightly peat. Perfect balance! Long finish, medium to full body, soft carbonation.
Koelschtrinker (8479) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Röstig-malziger Beginn, weich. Später sind deutliche Whiskeynoten in der Röstigkeit vorhanden, kurz alkoholisch, trocken rauchig. Rund, schon etwas speziell, die Fassnoten kommen wunderbar hervor. /11/11/13//11
DutchDrebus (2273) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black opague with no head. Smells very peaty, very smoked. Mostly peat. Tastes peat, whisky, wood and stout. Most peated beer i’ve had. I like it but i can see why others don’t. Full body, good carbo.
skortila (4166) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma has chocolate, peat, roast. Black coloured with not much head. The taste is slightly bitter, bit sugary sweet, has chocolate, whisky, peat. the peat is not too overwhelming considering the Ardbeg. Nice one.
jfb (2517) - GERMANY - MAR 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle) pours a deep black colour with a small dark beige head, very viscous. aroma of iodine, peat smoke, seaweed, light coffee and chocolate, brown sugar and herbal hops. flavour is toasted malts, furnace ash, caramel, brown sugar and lots of peat smoke, barrel-dominated yet surprisingly well-balanced. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.
bierkoning (8951) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle @ ACBF 2012. Peat dominating the aroma. Initial toffee, sweet malts and milk chocolate totally wiped out by the peat, The aftertaste seems to last forever. Ardbeg all over the place.
Martinus (1777) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black beer, rather big dissipating tan head. Lovely aroma of peat, whisky, smoke, roasted malts, ash and light dark chocolate. Flavour sweet malty, whisky, peat, ash, milk chocolate. Full and silky mouthfeel. Finish peated whisky and burned malts. Holy smoke, I just love it when good beer and Islay flavours are combined.
(taster glass from bottle @ 5th ACBF, 2012)