oh6gdx (19652) - 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 (25113) - 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 didnít convince me of the greatness of peated beers. To me itís really just ruining a great base beer. 240712
LomYst (316) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
brilliant! warm whisky tones, black black chocolat, heavy espresso... nose has some peat... finish is very long contains bitter coffee... thick mouthfeel warming alcoholic
Scopey (4615) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2013 Bottle at Bruceís Housewarming Tasting. It pours dark brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is medicinal, Savlon/TCP, antiseptic, peat, smoke and oak. The taste is roasted malt, caramel, medicinal, smoked peat, raisin, currant, fig, oak and blueberry, with an alcoholic finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. OK, but not a great marriage of whisky and beer....
jackl (3476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Bruceís Housewarming Tasting. Deep brown with a tiny tan head. The nose is strong, strong smokey islay whiskey. Plenty of peat, smokey wood and vanilla. Notes of vomit. The taste is strong, rough smoke and peat. Some chocolate. A bit antiseptic. The body actuallly feels pretty light for an RIS. Overall, I found the peat notes from the ardberg BA to overpower this beer. Not very clever.
dutchbeerpages (1357) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is very complex, amazing what you can do with one single style. This beer is very smokey, herby and most of all peaty. For me personally a litle too much but it is a fairly amazing beer nonetheless, something I have never tasted before. Bottle from De Bierkoning.
deanso (4127) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle from ABCBeers.
Thick creamy tan head. Lovely whiskey aroma. Dark black pour. Clear whiskey taste. Yummy!
OleR (4372) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 0.33 L bottle. Creamy yellow-blond head. Body is opaque, very dark brown. Peaty and swampy(!) aroma up front. Then strong phenols, reminiscent of rubber, and leather maybe. In a good way. Also some well roasted dark malts, with tones of wood and tar. Extremely flavorfull, without being unbalanced. Big roasted malt body. Charcoal, wood, burnt caramel, bitter coffee. Even som dark dried fruits and a gentle underlying sweetness. Amazing! Medium to full body. Creamy texture. Boldly bitter, roasty and malty finish. What a treat!
TrefwoordPunk (728) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours pitch black with a small tan head and a sweet aroma with notes of whiskey, peat, coffee, cigar smoke and roasted malts. The taste is mildly sweet with strong notes of peat, whiskey and hints of dark chocolate, espresso, roastes malts and smoked eel. A really nice beer this is!
laiti (4550) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2012
33 cl bottle @ Gastropub Tuulensuu, BBE 06/2015
No head at all even though I tried to form one. Aroma is slightly sweet and rather strong on peat. Flavour is salty with peat and some licorice. Very good, this has the full Ardbeg character without the sting of alcohol or overwhelming whisky notes.