ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Carolina Crew tasting! Bottle courtesy of Tom! Thanks! Dark brown pour with minimal beige head. Sweet malts combined with oak and whiskey on the nose. Nice roasty flavors with notable hints of whiskey.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to the ALE club for this one. Pour was deep deep brown with a slight head. Aroma was of sweet and delicious scotch, malt, oak, roast, and some vanilla. Very smooth on the palate. Some more roasted and oak characters came out after the sweet malt and scotch. Damn fine brew. Would love to try the 16 and 30.
Jayb0 (994) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
quite nice with the dry wood finish and smokiness coming in late. dark, thick but not overly syrupy. decent fruitiness balancing the malt, which is pleasantly not over the top.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: This was a little too smokey for my taste at first, but then things started to balance out. It went down easy. Can’t wait to try the other two varieties.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was black in the glass with slight red highlights and a small, sudsy, tan head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate to heavy roasted and strong coffee malt, lost of smoke, soy sauce, dark fruit and a little alcohol in the form of whiskey. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, and lightly acidic and bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and acidic, light to moderately bitter and smokey with an average to long duration. There was caramel and roasted malt, dark fruit, a little coffee and smoke. The medium to full body was oily with soft carbonation and a smokey, moderate astringent and light to moderate alcoholic finish.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours amber black with small tan head. The aroma is peat smoke, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, wood, ash. The flavor is sweetish at first, dominated by chocolate and whisky. It then dries out as some drier wood, ash, and smoke tones come to the fore. A fine blackberry fruitiness stays in the background for balance. The finish has a slight alcohol burn to it, as well as a deep ashiness, leaving an aftertaste much like having had a sip of whisky. This is some pretty good stuff.
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearaance: on einch, frothy, light brown head. Black. Aroma: burnt, peat, charcoal, licorice, cola, and cask wood. Heavy bitter finish and very dry finish. Nothing like I’ve ever had before. Can really taste the charcoal from the cask. Couldn’t drink more than one of these. Would go great with a Maduro wrapped cigar.
Maverick34 (2160) - New York, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark w/ moderate light tannish head. Aroma is smoky peaty scotch type w/chocolate and malts. Taste is got a bit too much whiskey hangover but some nice choc and a nice tangy note too.
desdemoor (14) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Review bottle from brewery, 33cl, bottle 01317, botteld September 2007. Black, creamy brown head, woody whisky cask aroma with hint of olive and dark malt notes, thick chocolate malt palate, soft and luscious with woody background and lightly vinous notes, toffee and woody dryness, whiskyish swallow, warming finish with more chocolate, chewy malt, hops, tangy notes and a final charred wood flourish. Excellent.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 Black/ruby pour with nearly no head arising, just the faint circulating of some miniscule bubbles throughout. Solid malt aroma, molasses. Nice suble hints of the whisky barrels blend really well with the big maltiness. Some raisin, vanilla, maple syrup likeness also. Very smooth and drinkable. I worry that the brews with the higher aged barrels will take on too much character from the barrel, I guess I’ll have to see. This one, is excellent however. If it was cheaper I’d invest in a case of it.
Beerman6686 (4169) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown color with a small off white head. Aroma is of sweet malts, and bourbon. Flavor is much the same, really sweet, covers up the alcohol very well but the whiskey is still there but blends in well.