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Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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Bottle conditioned.
This strong full-bodied malty ale has been aged in 30-year-old Single Malt casks for a period of 500 days, infusing the ale with flavours and characteristics of the whisky that has absorbed into the wood. Flavours include a balance of hoppy bitterness and tangy marmalade, rounded off with subtle smoky vanilla notes and a hint of whisky.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2011
12-08-11 Bouteille 500ml directement d’Angleterre, best before end of 2011 et batch no.23377: Ambrée trouble, avec une vive effervescence et un beau collet de mousse épais et crémeux. Arômes très maltée , mais peu puissant avec de forte odeurs de pain, suivi par des notes de marmelade d’orange et de noix. Saveurs asser sucrée, avec une petite amertume et une moyenne note surette en bouche. Saveurs de marmelade, de caramel, touche de whisky à peine perceptible, de même que la vanille et le boisé. Corps moyen avec une texture asser ronde et une bonne carbonisation. Finale sucrée, légèrement fruitée et biscuitée. Bonne petite bière qui donne trop d’importance à son oak aged pas trop bien utilisé, mais tout de même très plaisante à boire.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiong (3682) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle from Alko Arkadia. Originally rated on 24.4.2009. Lacks character, a bit unbalanced.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kristall-König (2191) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2011
Süßlicher und malziger Geruch. Fruchtige Einlagen schwingen ebenso mit, wie rosinige Töne und Whiskyfassnoten. Antrunk mit süßmalzigen Tönen. Mittig stärkere Whiskynoten, vanillig und schokoladig, ziemlich turbulent. Im Abgang moderat alkoholisch, Holzfassnoten und etwas bitter. Wirkt überladen durch die Fülle der Aromen. Hätte mehr erwartet.Test vom 31.10.2010, Gebinde: Glasflasche

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (9998) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 25, 2011
Der hopfige Antrunk versteckt seine Alkoholnoten nicht und bietet einzige dezente Hintergrundnoten wie z.B. Vanille, dazu vergorenen Fruchtnoten. Die Würzigkeit ist gelungen und gut ausbalanciert, was sich bis zum Ende hinzieht. Das Malz wird dezent karamellig und wirkt nie übertrieben, hefige Noten sind durchgehend vorhanden. Im Abgang etwas fruchtiger, vollmundig, dabei aber nie erschlagend. Gelungen! 11/11/12/12/15/12

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2011
Bottled. A red beer with a huge light tan head. The aroma has notes of metal, whiskey, alcohol, caramel, and berries. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, red berries, alcohol, wood, whiskey, and caramel, as well as lighter notes of smoke and vanilla, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. The alcohol warms the palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhubeifc (4) - TAIWAN - FEB 10, 2011 does not count
I bought a 50cm bottle at Jasons Food Market in the basement of the FE21 department store in Hsinchu, Taiwan. It had a dark chocolate brown color and left a beige, full cream color head with good lacing. It had a strong aroma of wood, thick malt and spice. It was obviously a full flavored beer with flavors of wood, dried fruit, and carmelized sugars, sweeter than expected. It had a stronger alcohol flavor than I expected given its 7.7% but perhaps that has to do with the whiskey barrel aging. A light bitter and hop finish. Not as complex as I expected but an excellent beer and one that I would gladly sample again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (10268) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2011
bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, whiskey, malt. Flavour is sweet, malt, whiskey, oak, alcohol, hop, apple, spices. Medium body. OK beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
50cl bottle that Derek was nice enough to get out for us after the class tour at the brewery. Dark brown color with a small beige head. Rich wood and scotch character going on. Sweet and fruity with smooth scotch in the flavor. Lightly boozy but very smooth on the whole. Quite good overall. A nice old ale with good scotch flavors integrated.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Cask. This may be an unfair rating because I tried this in a cask, which was drawn straight from the whiskey barrel, meaning there was a higher alcohol percentage before they diluted the brew. The pour was medium to dark golden with aromas of vanilla, oak, sourness, and malt. Flavors were similar with a bit of sourness and sweet oak coming through the sweet, but smooth malt character Nice brew with hints of caramel and biscuits throughout. The whiskey was also a nice addition.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2010
Cask, BrewWharf, small sample. Dark licorish black colour, descent lacing, really intense aroma of whisky and oak, complex malt, really great malt balance in this strong beer, very bitter blend and a delicate balance against the whisky which i think is outstandingly crafted, whisky reminiscent of Glennfidditch, sublime oak finish, roasted malts, some definite tangy fruit in the mix which has dried out with the aging, a really fantastic beer. Thanks for this special treat at the London Brewers’ Alliance evening.


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