thebhoy (61) - Ontario, - FEB 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer to have on my birthday! Really, really enjoyed this one, and kind of wished (though it was probably for the best) that I sprung the 20 bucks for the 40 year old that was still at the LCBO. What I love about this is how well mixed and balanced the scotch tastes are with the old ale tastes. You still get the malt, mixed with some spices and fruits floating just beneath the surface, but the peat smoke and the scotch flavours come in to make this beer something special. Pours blacker than black, probably the darkest beer I have had (take that Russian Imperial Stouts!) but tastes so smooth. The palate is a bit thin, I agree, but overall its a minor quibble for a beer that is easily in my top 10 if not top 5 beers.
riktw (22) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate, coffee, wood, smoke, dark forest fruits, bit of vanilla. Finish is long, again chocolate and coffee but with more smoke and peatyness. Oily mouthfeel.
Very nice beer!
Bottle no: 25770
MayumiH (248) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Smokey bacon aroma. Rich, some dark dried fruit sweetness with a touch of soy sauce. Complex and warming. Splendid :p
MrBlueSky93 (259) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Cellar Door, Four Oaks.
Pours Black/Dark Brown with single finger tan head. Aroma of woodiness, barrels, smokey, peaty goodness, dark fruits and some added abv. Initial taste of the wonderful smokiness, peat smoke I would say, peat smoke and the barrels really giving a wonderful taste to it, some woodiness to it too, then more peat in the flavour, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee. What a wonderful beer!
vjohans (128) - SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
coffee, toast, roasty, leather, smoke, vanilla, woody, alcohol, black, minimal head, hazy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, flat, long finish,
BrewGoblin (518) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the oily depths of a blackened soul, this slick brew comes a-bubblin. A brazen punch from greasy fingers; burnt toffee, raisins, leather, oak, smoke, whiskey, plum pudding, red wine, coffee and chocolate emanate forth. One slippery sip yields a bbq’d version of all of the smells, complex and famously blended. A mild peat burn lingers from this tasty number. A fantastic sipper of remarkable character.
King_Alex_II (255) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very black color which is short on foam. The smell is caramel like with sugary notes. The taste is oily and insanely sugary and caramelly. The whisky part comes a bit short. The barrel can be recognized but even with the highland park whisky for comparison I cannot differentiate it from other barrels. Very sweet, not very special.
SinH4 (497) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color with nearly no beige head. Woody, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel. Rich taste, not intense on the caramel and vanilla, but quite complex mixture between the malts and the whisky. Smooth carbonation and mouthfeel. Nice, but not overwhelming.
liinis (1612) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very thick mouthfeel which is very pleasant. Quite high alcohol which is not noticeable at all. Very rich and enjoyable. Whisky cask brings great flavour
Cimbasso (320) - - FEB 1, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled in a 33cl bottle purchased in Edinburgh - thanks Rachel and Rory! Pours a viscous black/very dark brown with a tan head. Roasted aromas. The taste is initially of roasted malts, with coffee and smokey flavours there as well. As the warmth of the alcohol spreads through the mouth a glow of whisky emerges, just as if there had been a good shot of Highland Park slipped into the beer. It does not have the strong vanilla flavours of the American Bourbon barrel-aged beers, but it does possess a really complex mix of beer and whisky flavours, with a pleasing bitterness at the end to match the initial caramel (mildly vanilla) sweetness. This is a really special beer and is highly drinkable.
PapaSkeetSkeet (960) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with thin, fine, medium-light brown head that fades to an oily slick at a moderate rate. Attractive swirls on a pitch surface framed in a 5mm-wide froth ring. Aroma is dark wood (hickory) slightly smoked, bark, some fir, touch of fungus and moss. light toffee. Chewy. Body is medium-medium-heavy, oily, slightly syrupy, medium-light, medium-fine carbonation with touch of burn. Slightly soapy texture. Flavor is huge dark woods: hickory/oak, leather, hints of brine, licorice and touch of smoked bark, forest in snow. Overall- delicious. The scotch-barrel aging blends in such that one isn’t always aware of it (as in heavy bourbon-barrel aging.) Dark earthy forest wood notes are the highlight. Very complex and a tad bit deceiving. Exceeding expectations, although at a first sip, I was not yet impressed.