esp0r (1600) - NORWAY - MAY 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from bottle at Haand Festival 2012
Black, thin laced tanned head. Smells of peaty and smoky islay whisky, some liquorice, coffee and roasted malts hidden behind that islay wall. Fantastic aroma i must say. Nice malty body, heavy sweet, then there really is some nice dark flavors ruled by the peaty whisky. Full body, soft carbonation, some bitter finish. This is beer for the whisky lover for sure
Geokkjer (5002) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Haand2012. Pour black with a brown head. Aroma of peat, whisky ,roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and peated with some oak, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Medium to full body, soft carbonation.
Borresteijn (4138) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Black, thin light brown head. Aroma of, well, Ardbeg whisky, peat, sweet earthy liquorice root, salty liquorice, oak, coffee. Flavour is sweet, peat, earth, light salty smoke, salty liquorice, oak, hard roasted malts, coffee, whisky presence is quite obvious in this beer, and itís very sweet, but itís just lovely. Medium to fullbodied, soft to flat carbonation.
Travlr (9827) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark maroon color, small but thick brown head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee grounds, rich dark cocoa, whiskey. Taste is vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee. Complex and characterful. Nice stuff.
Arve_Christian (2469) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On bottle at Haand festival in Drammen,Norway
Intense aromas of whisky and and burnt coffee.
Full body & high complexity.
Whisky aromas very well integrated
As Ardbeg is one of my favorite whisy brands and I always enjoy an imperial stout- this was true love
SimplySike (589) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33cl. Poors black with creme small head. Aroma alcohol, whiskey, choco and some coffee. Taste wood, a thick sweetness, alcohol, whiskey, some bitter in the back. Complex nice beer.
flip_soeperman (378) - 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 (2340) - 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 (3667) - 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 (5743) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, 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.