Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Mahars. Poured a very dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is very roasted and burnt. Flavor is great, sweet and tangy, roasted and hopped, really good cask beer.
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep brown pour covered by a classy, dense beige head which settles and lasts. A malt focused aroma where gentle dark fruits float around forefront smokey hints reminiscent of peat and vanilla. The malts are rich and supple, venturing into considerable sweetness (caramel, molasses), but somehow balanced by a fair touch of roast. Full-bodied, slightly airy and just coating mouth presence is interesting. Remaining sweet and malty in the finish, though developing more than obvious alcohol flavours along the way. Focused and thick, digestive offering which easily meets expectations.
Crit (3657) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
First off how can you give a beer with no head a 4/5? Nearly everyone did that. If anyone who did would care to rationalize please beer mail me
Black,no head.Alcoholic malt molasses nose.Huge smokey rauchbier taste,whiskey overtones. Medium alcohol heat. Big body
Lacks complexity and carbonation
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown body with a thin ring of tan head. Awesome flavors of smoke and bacon. Little dry on the finish.
douglas88 (7797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Bottle thanks to Cletus. First, the presentation of the bottle is impressive without being pretentious, lots of nice info. Pours a jet black color with a medium bubbly brown head. The aroma is great; light whiskey, sweet notes of vanilla and wood. The flavor is full and somehow easygoing; lots of sweet whiskey, light caramel and wood, a smoky flavor throughout- not the harsh, but lovable smoke of a Rauchbier, but a earthy almost dusty peak smoke. I love this style so much, and this is a great example of a Old Ale. The palate is very lowly carbonated which fits perfectly.
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a brown-black with no head. The aroma is a roasty, sweet smell of the whiskey and malts. Flavors of caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts with some alcohol on the palate. Medium-full body with a slick, oily texture.
shigadeyo (3461) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle No. & Date: 01848 / Sept 2007
2/26/2008: Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 has a sweet malt whisky aroma with lots of caramelixed malts and is slightly roasty. It pours a clear, dark chesnut color and has a medium-full body. This beer is strong and smooth and has a nice roasted malt flavor blended with fine whisky, chocolate, and hints of smoke and vanilla.
Bottle (8% alc./vol.) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #276 for this beer.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger - shared with Roger on my birthday. (Bottle no 04023, nov. 2008). Dark brown, almost black color, moderate lasting brown head. Aroma is whisky all the way! Flavor is whisky with hints of roasted malt and dried fruit. Sweet, but has a dry finish.
radiomgb (2580) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black in colour with a thin lingering beige head, light lacing. The aroma is of smoke, chocolate, roasted malts, cream with a moderate sweetness. The flavour is smoky, some light chocolate sweetness, smooth with a bit of alcohol. Lightly bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, smoky and warming.
This started off rather slowly and seemed a bit thin at first, but it did start to pick up. Rather one dimentional though.
330ml bottle from Sahara Mart in Bloomington, Indiana.
Opened on December 19, 2008.
Bottle #12924, Bottled September 2007.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark dark borwn pour, no head. peaty roasty malty vinous notes. mouth is thick, smokey, chocolate malt bomb. a bit of coffee and chalk in the finish. great sipper