nihtila (1833) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at SRAF (I am not sure if it was this version as the staff didn’t know..). Pours black, no head, slightly oily. Nose is whisky, peat, wood, roasted malts. Taste is full, roasted, chocolate, whisky (less than in aroma), wood. Very nice.
Beardbeerman (272) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 Vontage cellared for 3 years. Pours a pitch black topped a timid fizzy tanned head showing low retention and leaving no lacong. The nose is robust with dark chocolate, alcohol and oak. The taste has two phases: First comes that dark chocolate and sweet booze giving off lots of toffee, but then it drops quite abruptly and you’re palate is taken over by a rich smoked/burnt oaky feature that just throws you into another realm of flavours. Full bodied, the bitterness is not overwhelming even if people less familiar with smokey beers might find it to expressive. This brew is challenging with its two distinct dimensions. Excellent product. Cheers!
Tsekouratos (492) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - JAN 3, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black body with a thin layer of brown head. Aromas of tuna and some caramel. Taste is tuna, caramel, oak. Full body with low carbonation.
solvaris (139) - - OCT 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deutliche whiskey note rauchig teerig fein
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Jultsu (311) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
July 2011, parasta ennen: JUN 2014. Musta väri, niukka reunoille häipyvä vaahto. Tuoksu tumma, täysi, Maku kahvinen, alkoholinen, luumuinen, intensiivinen, savuinen, tervainen. Suutuntuma alkoholinen, vetinen suun alaosassa, yläosaan jää intensiivinen rikas aromi.
Darkmagus82 (2029) - - AUG 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-13-12-
Appearance – Served a pitch black brew with no head.
Smell -Oaky and roasty aromas were the heaviest. Mixed with these were some good notes of whiskey, a lighter smoke and some chocolate.
Taste – The taste begins with flavors of roasted malt as well as some chocolate. Flavors of oak and a light whiskey flavor quickly come to the tongue. While the whiskey starts out lighter it grows stronger thought the taste. While the whiskey intensifies, some dark fruit flavors and a bitter herbal flavor come to the tongue. In the end with increases in both the whiskey and roasted flavors, a very satisfying dark boozy flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the creamier and smoother side with a very low level of carbonation due to the cask nature of the pour. Nice for the style, although I think I may have been one I would have enjoyed with a bit more carbonation (I should try and find a bottled version).
Overall – Quite tasty and well worth a try. It had a nice roasted and whiskey flavor with all the flavors melding well throughout the taste experience.
Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice aroma - caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla. Pours with a nice light brown single finger head that held well. Taste is complex with many flavors coming through. Alcohol content is not overpowering at 11%, but does show itself. Overall, I would drink this many times over.
tbopslt (354) - New York, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, dark pour, no head to speak of. Slight chocolate aroma. Smoky, chocolate taste. Sweet finish, roasty, toasted flavor. Not my cup of tea but not bad.
Stuu666 (6777) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at SRAF. Pours black, nose is smoky, meaty, chocolate, liquorice, spicy whisky, taste is sweet, dry chocolate, rich, whisky, vinous fruits.
allmyvinyl (6629) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at The Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014. Pours black, no head. Flat, in fact. Still, good oak, chocolate, ash, liquorice aromas and taste. Whisky coming through at the back. Nice.