MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Sublime peat smoke rises from the dark chocolate, vanilla and licorice dessert bestowed upon the ecstatic tastebuds in this rich, complex and highly original Old Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam lingers atop the pitch blackness.
-The salty component from the highly peated barrel alters the vanilla and chocolate aspect of the malt sweetness and takes it into sweet soy realms.
-The roastiness also takes the form of charred wood at times.
-There is barely any alcohol showing in this flavor profile.
-The smoky and roasty finish is bitter and enduring, but not too much as to bother the tastebuds.
-The body is corpulent and is easily perceptible due to the relaxed carbonation.
Bottled in September 2007.
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
No one around here seems to care, so I am drinking a bottle of this one on my own. Black body with a light brown head. Massive peat malt and smoke dominate the aroma. there is also some of that sea smell. at first, I could not detect the beer behind the overwhelming scotch. However, as it warmed, the beers malt was subtle with some light chocolate. The taste is the expected peat with a salty and lightly smoky finish. As it warms, the beer starts to shine a little past the whisky. There are notes of deep prunes and dark chocolate. A thick and oily mouthfeel complements the beer. i wanted to like this one more, but again, the barrel aging is just too much.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black color with a thin light brown head. Aroma of scotch, chocolate and malt. Interesting flavor of scotch, wood, chocolate and malt. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation.
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled brew from Indianapolis, IN poured a very small sized head of foam with a frothy top and dark brown colored quickly diminishing bubbles. The body was opaque with a black color and no visible carbonation. The aroma was of very nice dark malts and dark roasted chocolaty malts. The mouth feel was mildly tingly from start to finish with a smooth rich flavor and a soft hop backing. The flavor contained notes of nice chocolate dark malts and a smooth whiskey backing.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz. bottle served in a brandy snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of peat smoke in the aroma. Also some fruity aromas. Medium bodied, a little thin for me. The whiskey flavor is more in the beginning. There’s also plenty of chocolate and roasted malt. A little sweetness in the middle, but a very dry malt finish with cocoa.
I was a little disappointed in this. I expected more scotch character, and the body seemed a little thin. There’s nothing wrong with it, but at $7 a bottle, I want a happy ending!
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma not as intense as the 12. Immediately thicker than the 12, this is the thickest of the bunch. Sweet and strong, it has a solid consistency from start to finish. Excellent.
LinusStick (2869) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little less flavorful than the 12 in my opinion. Aroma was more scotch than anything else. Pour was the same deep black with no bubbles or head. Taste was more one dimensional. There are hints of chocolate and peat, but the whiskey is more dominant throughout. No aftertaste to speak of. All in all it’s a good old ale, though.
pepsican (1447) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Seems to be the weakest of the three. Black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is more whiskey and oak. Flavor is more strong oak, chocolate, booze, molasses. Has a bit of funky sourness. Finishes boozy, kind of a mess.
thornecb (4457) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha head quickly recedes to hug rim. Smoked peat aromas. Viscous and peaty with a lasting scotch finish.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark brown black with a thin brown mocha head. Good aroma of coffee and malt. Medium body with a bit of carbonation. Fair mouthfeel and not as smooth and rich as would have hoped. Flavors of some booze, oak, malt, molasses. Not bad tough could be much better.