mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[2061-20090402] 11.2floz bottle. Pizza crust rich figgy roasted malt aroma. Black body with a quick bubbly dark tan head. Rich malty roast aroma has rich whiskey throughout and oak and something like "seaweed." Full body. Very tasty, rich with whiskey cream.
(12 Reserve from Village Beer Merchant, Buffalo; w/ garthicus, HogTownHarry, jerc)
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle # 6938, Sept 2007. Pitch black pour and a nice chocolate head. Aroma of whiskey (subtle - unlike others I have tried that end up overwhelming), smoke, dark fruit and chocolate. Serious taste on this one - again the whisky is very present but subtle at the same time.. perfect blend. Also behind the whiskey was the taste of a chocolate bar and some fruitiness. Like the Old Engine Oil, this is one thick beer. This one is a winner.
Butters (4039) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Alexi TN distributor’s tasting; thanks Jim Bird! Tasted alongside the 16 and 30 year. All poured a very dark brown with a very small dark tan head. Roasty, hammy and creamy smooth. Pretty tasty stuff, just too expensive.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #5784, Sept. 2007. Poured rich, deep coffee brown with a swirly dusting of beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter, roasted chocolate and coffee notes laced with earthy and peaty whiskey.. the maltage here really came across as candy-like. The flavor had more of a blackstrap molasses and toasted black patent malt character with the smoky peat presence remaining the same.. mild oaky and whiskey sourness around the edges and through the finish, leaving a long-lasting impression. Sweeter than expected on the palate, which made it very dessert-y.. the whiskey presence cut through it nicely.. this was tasty, but certainly not great.
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Haket. Gothenburg. Dark brown/black colour with a beige head. Aroma: a bit salty, roasted, smoky, dark fruit. Taste: Very smooth and creamy, dark fruit, sweetness, saltiness, oak, light smoke and peat. Rosted dry finish.
DialSquare (4238) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle No. 26829/Sept 2007. jet black pour wih a thin beige head. aroma is burnt heavy malts, smoke, whiskey. tastes of light smoke, vanilla, dark chocolate and dark fruits. slick medium to light texture. subtle bitter finish. Good Stuff.
garthicus (2906) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by jerc and mabel with HogTownHarry and I. Thanks! Appearance: Pitch black, like motor oil/soy sauce with a tiny brown head. Aroma: Whiskey-cream, spices, leather and slight alcohol. Flavour: Smoky, peat, alcohol, hops, lots of wood (pine, but I know there’s no pine!) very enjoyable. (Bottle 11946)
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark espresso brown with dark tan head. Aroma is very bourbon vanilla with bready notes. Flavor is alcohol, oak, vanilla and roasted malts.
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown almost black color with a small off-white head. Has a rosated malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty licorice flavor with some hints of oak. Has a roasted malty licorice and oaky finish.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown body with a tan thin lacing. Woody and dry as hell, hints of smoke and light chocolate malt. Very subtle, dry, and somewhat boozy. Hints of whiskey and dark fruit. Good brew but not worth the price tag.