joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pure decadence wonderfull aromas of scotch barrell and roasted malts thick as oil and dark as what comes out of your pan at 10,000 miles dark fruits and creaminess dominate wmonderfull characters that are well balance i cant wait to try the 30 year
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled immediately following the 12 with Mike and maniac during Cluster Brew Part Deux. Like the first, black, slight head died immediately. Aroma and flavor matched: Coffee, chocolate, some cherry, some booze. But the smoke was far more subdued, instead replaced by a winey note. Less cherry too. Quite nice. Now to track down that 30...
omhper (21886) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Very dark brown, no head. Molassess, chocolate and peat up front. Sweet and full bodied with chewy malt and oily whisky. Salty, tarry and intense with long warming peaty finish.
Dedollewaitor (14915) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at EBF. Pitch black with a off white creamy head. Smooth, strong, liquorice & coffee. Round & vinous. Chocolate & vanilla notes. Nice!
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Not too much different than the 12 Year Old. Hid the alcohol a little better and was more balanced. The coffee that was in the 12 is now chocolate and smoke is more tame. But there is still a little coffee.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was black in the glass with very slight amber highlights and a small, sudsy, tan head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate toasted, chocolate and strong coffee malts; cola, salt, dark fruit, whiskey and light smoke. The initial flavor was lightly sweet; while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter with an average to long duration. There was smoke, caramel, a little dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The medium to full body was oily and slightly syrupy with soft carbonation and a moderate astringent, light alcoholic and slight smokey finish.
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2008 Dark brown, oily, small dark tan head. Reminds of Goose Island BCS with a little larger head. Strong but classy nose of whisky, chocolate, and wood depths. Taste is delicious: chocolate, alcohol, malt, dry wood, and a nice smoky peat touch. Medium bodied, super rich, long in peat, and ultra smooth, this is one hell of a beer for whisky heads, stout heads, dessert-beer heads, fireside-winter-beer heads...
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprise! It’s dark, which I didn’t expect. It’s pretty much pitch black in fact.
Iodine was the first thing that came through in the nose, something I pick up when I’m sampling a dram of Scotch. Funny, from memory, Highland Park didn’t smell like that. Enjoyable smoky and vanilla effluves as well.
Salty and acidic, it tasted like Tamari sauce, with a side of ashes. Light body, you can tell that the barrel aging stripped the Beer of some of it’s ’soul’, something I find a bit deplorable. I enjoyed, but this seems to be a case of a Beer not exceeding the sum of it’s parts.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle side by side with the 30: Pour was thick black with little head. Aroma was of strong whiskey and oak with a lot of sweet malt. Brew was extremely well blended with some chocolate characters along with the sweet malt, strong roasted character, and even stronger whiskey/scotch flavors. Damn fine brew. Just a hint better than the 12 on my scale.
yespr (36972) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a diminished chocolate brown head. Smooth chocolate, a bit of vanilla and mild roasted malty aroma. Light chalky too. Smooth chocolate and downplayed roasted malt flavour, smoothend by vanilla wooden flavoures. Light acidic touch into a smooth chocolate finish. Very smooth.
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Mild caramelly aroma. Very dark brown colour. Good vanilla flavour, quite subtle compared to the 12 year old.