TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber brown color. Raspberries and cognac nose. Med full mouth, moderately sour, malty. Non-descript finish.
Jimthechap (1482) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 21, 2012
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
There was a good hiss of carbonation as I opened the bottle. I was greeted by a murky, hazy amber beer with a firm carpet of white head across the beer. Not stunningly good looking and not stunningly good smelling either: funky diacetyl, alcohol and barrel related vanilla and tanin. There’s a strong oak bitterness which isn’t good. This has been over-oaked.
I love whisky and have been widely exposed to most styles. It is my belief that this beer has suffered from its time in the barrel. It is sour and acidic and devoid of any good flavours. Maybe if it had been sold as a young lambic (disregarding any labelling misrepresentation)...
A great shame.
omega (639) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 3, 2011
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
This beer has turned the corner, and not in a good way as I am getting a bitterness that reminds me of fermenting oranges. Tipping this one.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 3, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A bit of a nothing beer, this. Has an okay body, a bit of warmth, a bit of bitterness doesn’t overcome an overall blandness. Too fizzy, too sweet, too, sugary without the richness or body I’d expect from a "whisky oak aged" strong ale. Disappointing.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice mahogany colour, clear but deep. head doesn’t last long. in the aroma the whisky element comes out as medicinal and phenolic (smoker’s toothpaste) with also some warm bocky malt smells. interesting, i didnt realise before but bock+whisky = scotch ale. full bodied in the mouth, with good melanoidins, but then drying out in the finish well, with some juicy acidity. a well-made and intriguing beer, and good to have now that emersons whisky porter isn’t around anymore.
TipsyMcStager (1128) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma of whiskey-vanilla. Pours a slight cloudy brown, no head. Whiskey, sweetness, alcohol. Not too bad.
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, almost no head. Aroma of brown sugar and whiskey. Flavour is the same sweet molasses-brown sugar and whickey flavour. Too sweet and they could amp up the whiskey.
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. An amber beer with a beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt, some weird spices, whiskey, and wood. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and alcohol, leading to a dry woody finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing this.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a medium off-white head. Dark malt, fruit, alcohol and whiskey notes. Medium bodied with a short, bitter finish. Slightly rough but I like what they’re trying to do here.
DuffMan (6156) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 Bottle. Clear deep amber, mediocre beige head that retains modestly. Aroma of sweet spicy barley candy, hints of butterscotch and whisky. The palate starts with soft vanilla rye whiskey tones, some soft spiciness, with underlying dark caramel. This time around was a better experience (probably owing to freshness), with fuller flavours and a bigger mouthfeel.
(Original rating 3.1)