yngwie (13350) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 On tap at HaandFestival 2012. A black one, topped by a dense, dark beige to tan head. The aroma has generous amounts of peat, as well as roasted malts, some coffee and a touch of iodine. A bit too heavy on the peat I think. The flavor feels a bit more balanced, there’s still a solid dose of peat, but there’s more room left for roasted malts, coffee and the bitterness. Full-bodied, sticky-sweet, warming and lightly bitter. Although too heavy on the whisky, it’s a nice beer, but I know several other Emelisse beers I’d rather have. Rating: 7-5-7-4-15-3.8. 120504
Bottle. Looking clear in the glass, dark brown in color and with some beige bubbles on top. Quite oily. Very peaty nose with roasted malts and some licorice. Too peaty I think, and that goes for the rather boozy flavor too. Some medicine notes. Lasting peated finish. Full-bodied, oily and warming on the palate. Too much on the peaty side I think, but far from bad. 120817
chrisv10 (10888) - DENMARK - AUG 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 11% @ FOneFan, Pre-Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2012. Black with tiny beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and peat. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, peat, medium sweet, whiskey, hop and a little bitter.
saxo (13852) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. No head. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, peat, smoke, tar and wood. Another great beer destroyed by peat.
str0mma (21) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Pitch black, almost no head.
Aroma: Smoke/Ardbeg, wood, chocolate.
Mouth: Smoke/Ardbeg/Whiskey, chocolate, coffee, malt.
Leighton (10772) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bruce’s Housewarming Party Tasting, London. Pours black-brown with a small, foamy beige head. Huge peat nose, all smoke and roast, with some scorched earth notes. Big sweet flavor with lots more peat, whiskey, earth, dark chocolate and dirt. Big bodied with average carbonation. Moderately warming on the finish with loads of peat, smoke, burnt grass, burnt wood. It’s a hugely oaky, peaty beer, so if you enjoy that, you’ll enjoy this beer.
LoFi (1592) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to MrHangover!
Black with a light brown head that dissolves quickly.
Huge aroma of peaty whisky, also chocolate and licorice.
Taste: peaty whisky with notes of light tar and seaweed, coffee grounds, cocoa powder, salty licorice, light grapefruit, quite bitter.
Full-bodied and smooth.
Ardbeg is my favourite distillery, and I must say that those flavours go really well with the chocolate and licorice of the base beer. I am sure the same goes for the Caol Ila version, so I will be looking for that one.
TBone (12544) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 330ml (PBF, BB 03/2015)
Opaque black color, small beige head. Beautiful Ardbeg smokey aroma. Medium-bodied. Lots of wood, islay whiskey, roastyness, alcohol. This is full of Ardberg which is not bad ... it is excellent.
omhper (19324) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at PBF. Black, small beige head. Huge peaty whisky aroma. Sweet and dense, really full bodied. Tar and licorice, loads of Ardbeg whisky. The whisky character is absolutely overwhelming, if it wouldn’t have been Ardbeg it would have been awkward. Now it’s like drinking an Ardbeg diluted in licorice, whish is not a bad thing.
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@PBF2012. Pitch black colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is peated malts, some smoke as well as mild liquorice and mild herbal notes. Flavour is liquorice, peat and some mild smoked notes. Very balanced and nice mellow Ardbeg flavours (Though the Ardbeg notes are very evident).
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of Countbeer. Pours an opaque black with a thick and creamy light brown head leaving some lacework. Thick and vicious iodine aroma from the peated barrel atop the roasted malts. Rich body, heavy roast, ashtray and again a shitload of nasty iodine and tar. Roasty bitter finish. Another beer that didn’t convince me of the greatness of peated beers. To me it’s really just ruining a great base beer. 240712