IrishBoy (3687) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle (07522/Sept07) from Country Club Liquors; $10.29 Nose of caramel, prunes, and none of the smoke I got in the 12, black, brown edges, with a medium cinnamon head that laced nicely; flavor more fruity than the 12 with some oak and hop bitterness. Alcohol and scotch flavors if they are there are completely hidden! Not as good as the 12 but only $.50US more!
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle, pulled from the cooled by hogfodder on 3/20/08. Special 16, bottled September 2007. Pour is deep brown and amber. Tight off white head. Aroma of musty caramel and some fruitiness (apple). Taste of wood and caramel a bit of a dry cardboard finish. There is some interesting sea water saltiness in the finish as well. Nice one, thanks Rick. We drank this next to the Orkney Dark Island, so may have suffered a bit by comparison.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black body and a foamy head formed after a cascade of bubbles made for a very Porter like appearance. A shade more brown than the 30 year cask version. The smell was mild at first but started to grow on me with the mix of roasted grains, black coffee, and tobacco. The taste was little more roasty and tannin laced than the older casked beer, and there wasn’t as much of a vanilla bean character. Alcohol was warming and and soothing. Mouthfeel was quite astringent. Very well crafter beer, but the special 30 is better.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2008 11.2 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Numbered 04135 / Sept. 2007 on front label. Poured out extremely dark brown, with copper highlights around the edges. Aromas are whiskey, oak barrels, burnt sugars, toffee, caramel.
Flavors are whiskey, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, some espresso & vinous notes. Thick mouthfeel, rich and chewy. Finished slightly dry & chalky.
zathrus13 (1661) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, with a light brown head. Aroma is smoke, fruit, roasted malt, and peat. Flavor is smoke, coffee, peat, licorice, and wood. A bit too much smoke for me, but not bad overall.
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330. Thanks, HogFodder! Black. Dense, shallow, creamy tan head. Big fruity, slightly sour nose. Coffee, port, salty, too. Oily medium body. Coffee, raisins, wood on the mid-palate. Long woody finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml Bottle (#6517): aroma of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, licorice, peat, and smoke. Poured black in color with a small brown head that diminished slowly. Opaque. Taste is medium sweet. Tastes of smoke, wood, peat, and malts. Medium to full body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Smokey finish. Way too much smoke that I was not expecting. Ugh.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... A hard pour reveals a pitch-black ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma is a whirlpool of chocolate, leather, French oak, tobacco and subtle peat smoke. Full-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Smoky, mocha flavor derived from charcoal and espresso malts. Gentle notes of Scotch whiskey and mild, earthy hops along with some alcohol bitterness. Booze is in the background and not the least bit overbearing. Smooth creamy finish leaves a nice, silky coating on the palate. World class stuff!
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My least favorite of the three (12, 16, 30 year). Aroma is quite nice, but in the end the smokey peatness of the beer really detracts from what it could have been. Some light fruits in the taste, but again they are overpowered by the smoke accents. Less sweet than the 12 year version.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours onxy with small off-tan head. Nose is complex; a mix of dark malt, prunes, merlot, blackberry, anise, chocolate, earthy peaty notes, and subdued oaky spirits. Tastes dark malty up front, with mid-palate pruney fruit, blackberry merlot notes, and oaky spirits emerging more as it warms. Complex in nose and taste, this one was very good.