probstblueribbon (3577) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. BB JULY 2012.
App.: Deep brown-black with a fair mocha head.
Aroma: A good dose of meaty/savouriness – cat food? - , some nice inky malts and phenolic smoke notes, deep black coffee and black chocolate, a touch of minty herbals and some leafy hops, slightly nutty.
Palate: Medium+ body, moderate-low effervescence.
Flav.: Much less of the meaty notes, more deep toffee, milk and dark chocolate, some licorice, black strap molasses, some peaty smoke, some wood, a bit of alcohol, fairly deep, dark and delicious; somewhat sweet with a malty-scotch finish than lingers, some bitterness.
Pretty nice stuff. Not sure if I’ll pay the premium for the 40 though...
jvhemert (371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured in a trappist.
AROMA chocolate, nuts, floral, butterscotch,
APPEARANCE black, clear, minimal head dissappears quickly, brown foam
TASTE medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, complex taste sensation by balanced bitterness with sweetness
PALATE full body, thick feel, lively, long finish, very bitter
Definitely one to try, but quite a strong taste (peat!) from maturing in whisky barrels so maybe not one for everyone. Well balanced flavours and a very good palata.
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.33 bottle into trappist glass. Pours deep dark red-brown-black, no head just a little greyish froth. Aroma is enticing malted and sweet, dark fruit and whisky smoke, peat. Taste begins malty and sweet, with prune and raisen flavours then oaky and peat flavours, roasted coffee bitter finish with not much alcohol. The whisky edge is quite subtle, but it does seem to go well with the beer. Quite carbonated and moderately thick. Very nice.
Furseth (2056) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Black colour, nice brown creamy head. Aroma of citrus, dark choclate, caramel and a nice coffee ending. Flavor is smouth creamy of caramel,choclate and coffee and a bit tar in the end. Medium body , and a nice long coffee finish.
TET (2432) - Kaarina, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer with weak beige head. Aroma is strong, liquirice, peat, some sweetness, raisins. Flavour is similar than aroma, liquirice, smoke and nice sweetness. Ingredibly smooth and great to drink. Great balanced beer, strong roastiness with pleasant sweetness.
esox (1226) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with almost no head. The aroma is very dark malty at has clear whisky barrel notes. Dark roasted matls some smoked ham and salty licorice. Loads of dark fruits like raisins and dates. Some rummy caramel aromas too. Barrel conditioning results in oaky woodness and vanilla. A hint of alcohol int aroma tool. The taste is dryish, even chalky and wooden. Rummy caramel balances it well. Delicate whisky aromas and enjoyable roastedness in the finsih. Almost full bodied, a bit over carbonated.
sunevdj (3730) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours an opaque black with a small diminishing light beige head. Sweet and dry. Aromas of roasted malts with some whisky aromas. Hints of tar. Also hints of old wood. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Sweet whisky flavoured finish. Hints of peated malts in the late finish.
imdownthepub (12585) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 330ml from Quercus Brewery Shop, Kingsbridge, Devon. Black with tan head. Heavy, slightly thick, malty ale laced with malty whisky notes. Liquorice and tar flavours are most noticeable with a roast 7 ground coffee note behind. Strong alcohol note. Challenging.
rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2010 Oily, black color; aroma of tar, burned wood, smoke, roasted malt; medium to full bodied, low carbonation, smooth and slick: easy to drink; flavor adapting the nose, it´s full of tar, oak, liquorice and slightly smokey whisky in the finish.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from the LCBO. Sampled up against the 40, which narrowly won this battle. Pours black with lasting small tan head. Nose not as complex as the 40, but some nice scotch notes with smoke, and toffee. Taste is full bodied, lots of dark malt, chocolate, syrupy and smooth finish. Less scotch flavours than the 40, but a very nicely balanced beer.