LomYst (378) - Rotterdam, - OCT 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
great beer! coal ila is very recognizable especially in the finish... peat and charcoal,coffee and dark chocolat...awesome!
jmgreenuk (3268) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from ABC Beers, Den Haag.
Poured a deep mahogany colour with a frothy tan head. The aroma is strong boozy alcohol liqourice, dark chocolate and a little band aid. The flavour is strong bitter with a rich smooth alcoholic liqourice bitter palate and long smooth bitter finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a silky smooth oily mouthfeel. The whisky dominates but in a good way. Everything is nicely balanced for a BA impy stout. A heart warming beer and a winner from Emelisse.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee, prunes, peat smoke notes, oak, and earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt dominant, dark fruits, peat smoke notes, whiskey, oak, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Buongiorgio00 (539) - - JAN 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cioccolato e torbatura ereditata dall’invecchiamento si sposano che è una meraviglia, davvero una meraviglia. Corpo denso e impenetrabile, aroma pungente e con note tostate, già al naso pervengono gli effluvi dionisiaci del Caol Ila, che è un po’ come il nonno premuroso delle birre barricate. Le etichette bianche sono davvero di gran classe.
OleR (4587) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle enjoyed at home. Pours a ruby-shaded dark brown to black body. Fully diminishing light brown bubble head. Bold peaty nose. Balanced by a gentle malt-sweetness, rounded roastiness and some fine floral and fruity tones. Big body. Smooth and juicy in the mouth. Taste is as peaty as it get. Yet not overdone, nicely balanced by a sweet, chocolatey malt base. Balancing bitterness, some fine fruit and oak notes. Not fully balanced, but I don’t care. Utterly complex with good drinkability. Very well crafted.
Holmen2 (306) - NORWAY - JAN 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, no head. Aroma of Rauchbier and Whisky. Similar taste, conbined with bitterness. Long aftertaste of Whisky, bitterness, dark coffee and alcohol. But why not buy a proper Scotch instead?
tandembrauer (7) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Cardinal. Black, heavily peated smoke taste. Some sweetness, a lot of Scotch whisky. Share a bottle - 0.33 l is too much in one go.
Holmen1 (1869) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff jan-13: flytende impregnering, et must for trebåtentusiaster. Nærmer seg brudd på røykeloven. Et øl med stort særpreg og stolt personlighet. Turtallet varmer i magen.
Sigmund (4681) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11%, EBU 75. Pitch black colour, low and coarse beige head. Strong aroma of peated whisky, oak, iodine and sea air - and of course roasted malts. Moderately sweet flavour, plenty of roasted malts and decent hops, but the flavour is first and foremost dominated by peat and iodine from the whisky barrel. Not really my favourite flavours. Some warmth from the alcohol.
rosenbergh (5978) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle. A. BB 09/14. Courtesy of laiti.
Dark brown colour with a tiny tan head.
Super strong peat... some whiskey and smoke in the aroma.
Peat also dominating the flavour. It’s like light whiskey. Alcohol kicks in quite strongly. Alcohol also in the aftertaste.
olio (5134) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours dark red color with a minimal head. Aroma of peat, some dark fruits, malts and vanilla. Flavor of malts, soy, salt, bourbon and faint vanilla. Quite aggressive.