KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose is very much molasses, very strong, like I am actually smelling molasses, there are some roasted grains evident as well, reminiscent of Highland Park 12-Year Old Single Malt, it gets smokier as it approaches room temperature; pours black tar with a hint of green, totally opaque, thick but no head to speak of and the lacing is translucent but very thick. May have been chilled too long; Taste is very big, very strong slightly sweet, and tart, sour finish, sprightly carbonation but it is fading fast; Palate is heavy, good carbonation, textrue is thick, oily, sticky and creamy - go figure; OVERALL; Overpriced. And, at this price I’d rather have the Highland Park. But, it is very good. Next time I will try this room temperature. I hear the head is impressive
Florya (1755) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
How: bottle Appearance: almost black, tiny tanned head. Aroma: intense walnut/ hazelnut aroma, cherries, prunes, wood, burnt caramel, raisins, madeira, scotch, some chocholate and spice. Palate: full to medium body, soft carbonation, Superb!
Dervock (967) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is ovaltine malt, coffee and a bit of soy sauce. Taste is dry with a cereal malt finish, hints of the cask too. Smooth oily palate.
RobBestwick (833) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich smokey toffee aroma. Porter like dark appearance with a small brownish head. Flavours of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and toffee with some whiskey notes. Slick and sticky texture. Rich malt finish.
BlazerT (500) - POLAND - SEP 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Teku. Pitch black with very tiny, light brown head, poor head retention and lacing. Mostly rich roasted malts aroma - mainly milk chocolate, coffee also mild wooden notes and moderate vanilla aromas. Whiskey notes are not so striking. Caramel notes somewhere in the background. Taste is rather semi-sweet very characteristic for an imperial porter. This semi-sweetness last very short in the middle it disappears somewhere and taste is rather dull, not very characteristic. Medium to full body, thick to oily texture, average carbonation, finish is semi-dry, ashy and mild. In overall nice, drinkable beer, but the palate and taste are pretty disappointing.
Stoned99 (1238) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle shared with brother, thanks for the share. Aroma: Smokey, roasted malt, coffee, a bit of band aid but really far so doesn’t matter much. Whiskey is much present in here. Some rye in there too. App: dark burgundy, small mocha head, little lacing. Taste and palate: light to medium body, great palate, light sweetness, smokey and subtle bitter finish. overall: I like the taste much more the nose. The whiskey is really present and I like it quite a lot in the mouthfeel. Can’t wait to drink the 18 years.
mice (801) - FINLAND - AUG 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Musta olut pienehköllä, pitsiä jättävällä beigellä vaahdolla. Tuoksu hyvin paahteisen maltainen, hieman savuinen, viskimäinen ja puinen, suklainen ja kevyesti kahvinen sekä jopa hieman vaniljainen. Erittäin hieno ja tyylikäs tuoksu kutsuu maistamaan. Maussa viskimäisyys nostaa ehkä enemmän otettaan ja pyrkii isompaan rooliin. Lisäksi vahvaa paahteisuutta, kevyesti savuisuutta, puumaisuutta. Loppupuoleltaan kevyesti kuivattavan katkera. Melko täyteläinen suutuntuma, mutta todella pehmeä kokonaisuus, alkoholi pysyy täysin piilossa. Erinomainen nautiskeluolut toimii parhaiten lämmettyään riittävästi.
M_Sack (620) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Oily black, with no head. Aromas of chocolate, deep nutty roast, alcohol, Christmas pudding fruit, whiskey and oak. Luscious mouthfeel, full of dark dark chocolate, heavy malt, alcohol and plenty of smokey, whiskey and wood. Lovely winter sipper.
humlelala (1307) - DENMARK - JUL 30, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(33 cl bottle bought for 10 USD @ Mikkeller Bottle Shop; BBD: October 2018; L0510; Bottle #14333; Bottled in April 2015) Poured at fridge temperature into a Maisel & Friends footed tulip glass reveals a pitch black body with two fingers of creamy, tan head that fades somewhat within the first minute yet leaving a foamcap and lace. Aroma has roasted malt and some oxydised sherry notes and a hint of smoke. Oily texture, soft carbonation, medium to full body and a lingering finish. Flavour has sweetness but also lots of aroma complexity. The whisky imprint on this one is quite distinct and pleasant.
peponi (1470) - Hannover, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: sherry barrels and oporto, figs, dried fruits.
Appearance: deep amber color and creamy head.
Taste: low herbal bitterness, roasted dark malts, barrels, oporto, figs, bitter chocolate, quite dry.
Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, barrel finish.
Overall: Really good stuff, complex barrel aged old ale, nice dried fruits and barrel notes.
Kauge (1591) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 23, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle no 24190, Feb 2014. L0503. BB March 2017. Pours darkish brown with a steady, medium in size, beige head that leaves some scattered lace. The aroma is pleasant, alas a bit subdued (till the end), giving off notes of chocolate powdery and roasty malts and (cheapish) whisky; tastes likewise with sweet chocolaty notes most dominant, and the slightly salty whisky playing second fiddle. In the finish the whisky is not too convincing, feels a bit like those chocolate sweets with a drop of whisky inside.. Soft on the palate, with thin and modest carbonation. Overall... doesn’t seem as multilayered and enjoyable, say, compared to the 16 YO I had nearly two years ago (and probably rated a bit too optimistically at 4.2), or other BA brews that I’ve had in the meantime. It is very good though, but I hope the 18 YO will be a lot better.