zaf (270) - - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma: toast, chocolate, coffee, woody, smoke, peat (torba)
apparenza: black, sparkling, minimal head, white foam,
gusto: lightly bitter, medium sweetness,
palato: full body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish,
birra imbottigliata a febbraio 2011,bevuta a febbraio 2013..bottiglia spettacolare,firmata,con etichetta,tracciabilità della botte,insomma uno spettacolo..idea veramente meravigliosa quella di invecchiare questa birra in botti di whisky..sarà il mio amore per l’affinamento in botte e soprattutto per il whisky scozzese,ma questa birra è per me un capolavoro..aroma affumicato e torbato,lievissimi sentori di luppolo e di malto..birra scura come la notte,schiuma che si dissolve rapidamente..in bocca è moderatamente frizzante,oleosa (come la birra che mettono ad invecchiare,la old engine oil)..il gusto è complesso e sicuramente prevalgono sapori forti,caffè,malto tostato e affumicato e la torba,meravigliosa che ricorda il whisky ma che ovviamente non è così prepotente come nel whisky..finale lungo e piacevole,riscaldante..bevuta al santo bevitore
JefVerstraete (2084) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Deconinck, Vichte. Dark brown beer, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Dark fruit, whisky. Sweet vanilla notes, light bitter finish. Very well balanced. Wonderfull beer.
PartyFowle (624) - - JUL 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An old ale aged in whiskey casks, you say? Color me intrigued. And color the beer itself a nearly impenetrably black, though a lift up to the lights does reveal the faintest streaks of brilliant crimson. A pretty aggressive pour begets a one-finger head with a nice, cocoa powder colored head. Sadly, however, the crown is quickly gone, leaving just a ring in its wake. Ah, scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch. The aroma is a celebration of the spirit, balanced with notes of dark chocolate as well as some sweeter fruity esters: currants, plums. A slight alcohol burn is also there, but it’s muted and blended nicely. I’d say the scotch is even more subdued in the flavor than in the nose, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, in interacts very well with the a heavy dark fruit sweetness. Amazing coffee notes from the malt hit at the finish and linger in the back of the throat for a while after the swallow. The mouthfeel seems to be the only downside to this beer. You would expect a brew whose name translates to "black oil" to be a little more viscous. The liquid feels creamy, sure, but a little more body would be appreciated. However, I could (and intend to) sip this for the next hour.
Travlr (15853) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black hole black. Aroma has burnt licorice, leather, burnt espresso, overripe plums. Taste is rich, dark fruit, roasty, oily mouthfeel. Booze. Incredibly complex sipper.
Taradil (35) - - JUL 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color: pitch black.
Head: very light almost non-existent, beige.
Aroma: stars with very nice barrel aroma and whisky, bread, roasted malts, hints of caramel, chocolate dark fruits, very complex.
Taste: roasted malts, whisky, bread, caramel, dark fruits, coffee and toasty finish.
Amazing beer with very complex palate.
Zupastan (94) - Kortrijk, BELGIUM - JUL 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Dark brown to black beer with a small head, little adhesive. Smell is caramel, figs, whisky. Taste is quite peated, iodine, smoke, roasted, chocolat, thin body. Aftertaste is roasted, peated, mocha. A thicker body would be beneficial.
Panzerfaust (613) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - JUL 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a viscous black liquid with a small gray-ish brown head that leaves a small lacing. It looks like serious stuff. Surely the aroma is up to par with an intense roasty and malty character. Burnt sugars, licorice, prunes, soy sauce, toasted rye bread and wood notes in a clear succesion of layers. Complex and outstanding stuff, I haven’t tried something like this in a while. Taste is overwhelming too with sweet and roasty dimensions switching back and forth. Each sip shows some molasses, licorice, roasted caramel, brown sugar and prunes. Fantastic stuff. Chewy texture, viscous and velvety. Not as boozy as expected, the 8% ABV seems quite ideal for this brew. Low carbonation as it is unnecessary to carbonate such a complex brew more than this. A marvel and the best Old Ale I’ve tried so far.
sudomorph (908) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Feb 2012 330ml bottle 20242. Pours a dark caramel and looks nearly black in the glass. Half finger, khaki head fades to a ring. Aroma has sweeter notes of caramel, bread, wood, dark fruits, raisins, toffee, a hint of roast and dark chocolate, and a touch of spirit. As it warms up the barrel notes really come out. Taste is balanced.After warming up there is a lot of dark chocolate and coffee to start, then into dark fruits, caramel, and toffee in the middle, then back to some roasted malts, wood barrel notes, a touch of spirit, and a whiff of campfire smoke at the end. Really nice. Medium-full body with a low carbonation. Very slightly syrupy in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall a really nice beer. Dark caramel, toffee, and dark fruits with a touch of roast and woody barrel notes. Not sure if ageing it helped but I wish I had more.
McNeillR (1758) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright burnt amber. Soft ringed head and weak lacing. Nutty, soft berry and squeaks of damp wood. Lean nutty, toothpicky and tea like soft bitterness. Bit thinner than I imagined, mouthfeel is sleek but resonating barely caramel sweet linger.
Bottle, Sir Tadalot Top 50 Scottish Tasting
GlasgowTAD (582) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown with a slight brown head. Aroma is figs, raisins, slight vanilla. Taste is vanilla, raisins, figs and sweet malts.
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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