SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
tdtm82 (1313) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Geokkjer (6731) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle .Pours amber with a nice off-white heaz.Aroma of wood,spice,malt and whisky.Flavor is swee malt,oak/wood and dried berries with spicy whisky notes.Medium body,average carbonation.Not as complex as I would like it to be, but still a nice beer.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light roasted and hop aroma. Amber color with a thick white head. Plain malt body with a slight roasted and oak note. Finishes with a bitter and very light hop palate. Nice and balanced.
ClubGonzo (4819) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark-hued orange body with a medium, off-white top. Nice. Smell is caramel, licorice and toffee, with faint hints of whiskey. Taste is honey, butterscotch, malt, toffee and boozy tones of whiskey. Full-bodied. This is a well-made solid caramel-style English Strong Ale. Solid, but a bit too straightforward and boozy for the low ABV to achieve a top slot.
rlgk (14698) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Number 18758. Amber color, ok head. Smoky aroma, some figs, nuts, whisky notes, some vanilla. Malty smoky flavor, figs, toffee notes, some nuts, some hops.
mjs (5471) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle #05612 from Alko Arkadia) Poured dark amber and clear. Head was medium sized and lightly brown shaded. Aroma contained malts, toffee and caramell. Palate was medium bodied and bit dry with quite high carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, smoke, vanilla, whisky and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter.
jkwalking05 (4340) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of toffee, brown sugar, caramel and light oak. Taste is of oak and caramel.
phredrik (1023) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber pour with a big white head. Nose has caramel, smoke, whiskey, some figs and roastiness. Taste is a bit smoked in the opening, a fair hoppiness, whiskey smoke. I think it is very unbalanced and that the whiskey aging along with the hops really do not match the maltiness. Too high carbonation, medium duration, medium body. A complex beer, but unbalanced, and the beer was way below my expectations.