imdownthepub (13033) - 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.
Radek Kliber (7113) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330 ml # 58102 (2009)
Appearance: deep dark brown appearance with excellent beige brown creamy crown. 5-
Nose: soft, rich . sweet brown malts , barley with smooth character of whiskey barrel. Solid nose presented. 8+
Flavor/Palate : mid full bodied, low carbonation. Ash with brown malt followed by dry alcohol. Lighter finish. All very smooth and dangerously drinkable. Solid sipper from Harviestoun.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours like it says, black oil, no head, almost no carbonation. Nose of dark cherries, oak, chocolate. Taste is strong oak, some smoke, with a bitter finish. Decent but barrel seems to have overpowered it.
finol (3036) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a short lastign brown head.
Aroma of smoke, rosted malts and tarr.
Taste of rosted malts, wood and whiskey.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from citywide. pours a deep brown with a tan head. Notes of whiskey, bread, chocolate, smoke, tabacco, and moss. mouthfeel is very thin. I tend to really enjoy bourbon stouts, but I don’t particularly care for this whiskey flavor in the beer.
pilsnerrogge (2797) - Finspång, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Colour is very dark brown, could be mistaken for black. The mid sized head is pale brown. Aroma is seaweed, tar and smoke. Flavour is sweet tar, ash, smoke and liquorice. Well balanced and really good.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - DEC 20, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a motor oil black with a thin tan head. Wow, the aroma is friggin wicked on this one, dark fruits, molasses, basement, oak, smoke, peat, campfire, bourbon, just like a full on running balls to the walls dropkick to the nostrils of aroma. The flavour is like wise, makes my mouth almost as equally happy as my nose, The flavour is malty chocolatey goodness upfront, molasses, some oakey dryness, smokiness, dark fruits, ends on a dry oak note. This beer really is something special, wish I could get my hands on the 40 year old, but it seems like the LCBO is being really skeevy with there stock.
tgncc (3089) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gorgeous aroma of fruit, soy sauce, oak, not a lot of whiskey, surprisingly. The appearance is jet black, almost no head, just a thin tan foam ring. The flavor is soy, chocolate, fruit, nice. The finish is where I notice the whiskey, a nice lingering warming. Medium to medium /thick, viscous, oily mouthfeel. I thought it would be a little thicker. Very good.