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.
Nordcore (1009) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black With a minimal lightbrown head. Aroma of smoke, roastd mald, dark fruit and chocolate. Light bitter,medium sweet With not the best smoke/roasted end. Late night
zacgillbanks (2168) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Booths, Ilkley. A thick oily black beer with rich creamy chocolate and whisky flavours, vanilla and currant notes with smokey oak and liquorice on the warming tart red fruity finish.
andregoncalves (1342) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle thanks to ruigo. Color is dark brown. Head is thin. Body is mild, thin to medium, medium carbonated. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter. Aroma is wood, chocolate, roasted, light alcohol, water.
shoulderbroken (1909) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Peat, whisky, smoke, sweetness, black treacle, sweet, smoke. Good stuff
Reynolds314 (2248) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good for a British beer. Some sweet mollasses, oak, and whiskey are the dominant flavors but for 8% is does come across watery and bland as is the British way.
legion242 (2163) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very dep black with a medium head full of whiskey notes. Very light whispy head. Dark dark malts in the mouth with a slight hint of the whiskey. As the glass warms up, the whiskey becomes too much on a hot summer night. Much more a winter beer.
Philym (947) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Dark brown/black with thin beige head.
Aroma: Wood, peat, whisky note, treacle, malty.
Taste: Low bitter and sourness, low/medium sweetness.
Palate: Fairly thick smooth texture, medium body, low/average carbonation, fairly dry, abrupt malty, treacly, savoury, smokiness in the finish.
poech73 (151) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Plus une Scotch Ale. Une belle robe noire opaque presque sans col développant de fortes senteurs de whisky, de vanille, de malts rôtis complexes, un pointe de boisé. Quasi sans amertume. En bouche, la gorgée assez aqueuse offre des saveurs de caramel boisé, fort liquoreux, fort doux sur le lacté, l’avoine, le cacao (grain sur la langue). En finale, je reste avec les arômes de whisky tourbé et boisé surets. Bravo: l’assemblage de malts rend cette bière super bien équilibrée. Un délice!
Ernesto987 (3611) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle, this is interesting, it is dangerously approachable, the drinkability increases after every sip, Sweet and roastyness mixed with that trademark highland park scotch flavors.
phaleslu (6295) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle from STLWill - thanks again, Will! September 2007 vintage, bottle 19501. Pours a deep, opaque brown with a small beige head. Notes of very rich chocolate and fudge, vanilla, soy, peat, oak, leather, and earth. Peaty finish, which lingers. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a rich, smoky, semi-sweet mouthfeel. Sweeter on the nose. I liked this more than anticipated, and get the idea I’d like other versions and newer vintages better. Definitely coming back to this series.