Slaktmasken (70) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cl bottle, a birthdaygift from my brother. Ranked top 5 on my personal list of stouts. Pitch black almost flat head. Smokey, whiskey, peat, malt.
thewolf (12078) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep opaque black with a medium, creamy beige film head. Aroma has lots of peity malts, chocolate, light roasted. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of heavy peity smoke, dry, light vinious, oak. Quite malty bitter.
androman (1798) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle at home from Mitra, Maarssen. Body is pitch black, head is nearly flat, good lacing. Nose is smoked wood, flavor is coal, wood, black pepper, herbs, soy sauce, smoke, toast. Medium sweet heavy roasty bitter. Finish is long lasting smoky woody roasty bitter, dried fruits, hint of salt, heavy alcohol, later quite hoppy, more and more hops. Full body, dry and sticky texture, soft carbonation. Very heavy dessert beer, not so delicious but very interesting.
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very black with a very small but decently well retained head and spotty lacing on the glass.
The aroma is peat, sea breeze, and most dominantly iodine. As you let the initial Islay shock settle some stout like characteristics are allowed to shine, most particularly dark chocolate & certainly some ashiness... which of course could also be from the barrel.
The flavor is dominated by the Islay barrel, so more of what we saw in the aroma, peat, smoke, saltwater, to a lesser extent iodine. But the stout element really allows these elements to integrate well. The light sweetness balances things while the espresso like roasty character plays in the background to provide some bitterness. There is a woody character that seems to be far more pronounced than is the case with most scotch dominated beers.
To be honest, the first time I tried this I was almost convinced that this was brewed with Bunnahabhain malt as opposed to just being barrel aged, that whisky is awfully dominant here.
RW80 (2015) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle Appearance: black beer with allmost a ring of beige head. Aroma: Wood,Peat, roasted malts, chocolate. Taste: Peat, roadted malts, wood, some sweetness , some chocolate. some sweet earthy tones in the aftertaste. medium-full body, soft carbonation. Barrel is dominating.
Scouser (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black black k with a little brown lacing one. Aroma of a peaty whiskey. Tastes like it smells very peaty, a little smokey, a little whiskey. After taste is straight dirt (that sounds bad but it’s not) Love this beer, good winter drink.
jookos (5507) - FINLAND - NOV 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black, tan head. Roasted barley, soft oaky, slight whiskey nose. Intensive, but nice soft. Sweet ashy roasted body. Peat, ashy, ground espresso. Full bodied, slighly, delightfully, oily body. Really like this. The sweetness adds so much to the enjoyment.
BeerBaboon (1964) - FINLAND - OCT 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with small beige head. Aroma is smoke, peat, roasted and salty licorice. Flavour is smoke, roasted, medum bitter, medium to heavy sweet, peat and salted licorice. Low carbonation, full body and oily texture.
hansvf (698) - - SEP 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruikt muf rokerig, lekker. Zwart zwart, mooi! Lekker, zwaar zoet en peated. Smullen!
DwarfeD (2692) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle at home. Black with a small off-white head. Full thick body without carbonation. Sweet with tones of licorice, coffee, roasted malts, whiskey and quite some alcohol.