kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle, # 02880 bottled Sept 2007. Sampled side-by-side with the 16 and 30. Pours very deep brown, nearly opaque, with a thin tan head. Nice roasted malt aroma with peat and whiskey. Flavor is very peaty, with some charcoal and burnt malt. These were all pretty similar, this stood out as the heaviest on the peat and charcoal.
tlind2 (1223) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Deep brown color, thin filmy head. Strong aroma with coffee, wood, dust and smoke. Bitter flavor follows after the aroma and finishes up dry. Medium-full body, low carbonation. Reminiscent of Old Engine Oil. Pretty good right now, so itíll be nice to see how it matures.
SudsMcDuff (6403) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
lots of burnt molasses .. . dark syrup smell .. . some good foam qualities .. . what the hell is a lincoln log? seriuosly?? .. . sweet and tasty brew, fudge and molasses flavours.. hey Louse, diarrhea! .. . a nice mellow beer.. dark as the night... the reason cave men painted on walls...
JorisPPattyn (8196) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly viscous pouring near-black brown, and a yellow-cream head living only for seconds. Faintly sweetish brandy (rather than whisky) nose; many roasted notes but all of them sweet. Liquorice warming up, as well as dark berries and strong sweet coffee. Sweetish, and dry-roasted notes, with faint/alcohol and fusels, black grains. Bit tarry, Lapsan Souchong concentrate. Every new sip short impression of fresh mint. Reasonably viscous, chewy, discreet but unavoidable alcoholwarming and pretty well-carbonated. Quite complex beer, but still not as much as comparable brews. Iím especially bemused by the high level of restsweetness. Many thanks to JezzaP!
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour was total black, with an okay tan head. Aroma was of vanilla and some chocolate. Flavor was roated chocolate and vanilla, alcohol was a little to hot. Good beer, Alcohol should be little less.
mjs (4974) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle #05261, bottling date Nov 2008) Black. Small, fizzy and tan coloured head. Chocolate and whisky in quite burning aroma. Full bodied and bit oily palate with medium carbonation. Malts, whisky, roastedness, bit of chocolate, bitterness and burntness in taste. Whisky and roastedness in aftertaste. I was expecting this to be better. Probably would improve with aging.
thebeertourist (4996) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma is truly magnificent- the peaty Highland park shines through in all its glory. Peaty, malty flavours with subtle dark fruit and chocolate. sirupy and full-bodied, like an old engine oil. Scotland is making use of its great whisky heritage to produce some of the finest beers around. This is one of them.
mikkopen (896) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle. Deep dark brown, with a thin light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, whisky and chocolate. Tar-like roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and notes of whisky in the flavour. Warm, a little smoky finish. Full to medium-bodied, smoothly carbonated. Very delicious.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Bottle. Aroma has notes of bourbon, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and dark dried fruits. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass. Small tan head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is sweet with whiskey tones and a nice smooth finish. Palate is very smooth and medium full bodied with a flat mouth feel. Very good brew that blends very well with the Highland Park whiskey. Lovely.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: An unclassifiable moderately roasted black beer with a nice flavour spectrum. Not very tasty and lack of carbonation
How: Bottle 11.2oz. Drank about 1 year after the beer release. Side by side comparison of the Old Dubh 12, 16 and 30
The look: Almost black body with almost no head
In long: Light but interesting nose of peat, dirty wood, earth and date. The whisky sure is not much apparent from on the nose. Carbonation in my bottle was abnormally soft, donít know if itís normal, but the 16 and 30 year old that I bought the very same day from the very same store had a soft carbonation but this 12 is cask-like soft. Unlighted charcoal, burnt fresh wet wood, black liquorice, a whole lot of peat including freshly cut green grass. Without a doubt the least interesting of the three. Iím just not a Old Dubh pedophile.