KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, - 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
omikr0n (730) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with fine light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, whiskey, wood, nuts, clove. Taste is roasty, malty with chocolate, nuts, alcohol. Very smooth.
NikkTwist (1624) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Pitch black pour with a small tight khaki head. Deep dark red pit fruit. Rotted vegetation. Charred celery hearts. Prunes. Vegemite. Desiccated cherry cordials. Very rich and peaty. Have had this in the bottle before. The draft version (and I do not think it is the cask version) opens up a bit more. Maybe less refined but feels nicely broader. The Old Engine Oil is playing quite well with the barrel notes. Smooth finish. Cannot wait to try the older variations!
Alengrin (1740) - 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 (75) - 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 (711) - 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 (21) - 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 (3210) - 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 (920) - 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 (1431) - - 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 (1844) - 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.