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.
Alengrin (1254) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Old-school English old ale matured on Scottish Highland Park barrels, sold in a thrilling vintage series. Thin, unstable, light beige head, very dark brown colour, hazy. Powerful ’old’ aroma of old madera, dry sherry, soy sauce, caramel, candied dates, dried plums, whisky, cherries, caramel... Complex taste of candied fruits and caramel malts, chocolatey too, strong dry and old sherry character, complex finish with warming alcohol and a hint of whisky, but no astringent alcohol. What a mighty old beer, a noble gastronomic delight - if you’re into vinous old beers, that is.
lamf (64) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with quite small head that doesn’t last long. Dark chocolate, roastiness and whisky notes in nose. Full-bodied, chocolate, some coffee, good but balanced sweetness. A little bit of noble, warming alcohol. Very nice.
Mr_Pink_152 (640) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The real ale store. Pours black, aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, whisky, has the same. Very easy to drink.
Wixie (14) - BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black, no head. Aroma reminds me of port and for some reason also an animal shop. Taste is a mixture of stout and whisky. Medium body.
Grzesiek79 (3181) - Radom, POLAND - AUG 17, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle No. 45787. Feb. 2012. Swietny wyrob. Destylowana 12 letnia Whisky Highland Park oddala temu piwu nieco karmelowego posmagu kandyzowanego brazowego cukru a takze nieco smolistego aromatu. Dymnosci, grilowego dymu oraz wedonej szynki. Wszystko doskonale zbalansowane i uzupelniajace sie. Piana niewielka do sredniej gora wielkosci, ale nie o to w tym piwie chodzilo. To stare Ale jest czarne niczym zuzyty olej samochodowy, rozgrzana smola i posmak wedzonego drewna. Beczkowy aromat zbozowy jest tak wyrazny ze mozna chlonac go nosem do upadlego. Kolejny swietny klasyk od Harviestoun Brewery..
berntholer (898) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
beige head disappears quickly without lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is smokey, leather, boozy, bit vanilla and coco. taste is smokey, leather, boozy, whisky, bit sweet, candysugar, aftertaste bitter from roasted malts. medium body and carbonation. very nice balance and rather complex. bottle 33 cl / bd aug-2013 / bottle no 01635
conway (1386) - - AUG 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is milk chocolate, cocoa powder and smoked peat. Taste adds some soy sauce, caramel, marshmallow and wood. Thin sticky mouthfeel. Incredibly complex and delicious.
joe19612 (1839) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black colour with a nice beige head, some chocloate in the aroma, the taste is bitter with some whisky coming through, with a bitter finish.
BOSSbrewer (1592) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Pours a very dark brown with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of dark fruits and some chocolate. Rich maltiness to it. Fantastic beer.
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PeatyPete (379) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with cream-coloured head. Aroma of ripe dark fruit and slightly smoked. Taste is full and has mainly in the aftertaste smoky tones. Chocolate, coffee and ripe plums.