DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cute bottle, 11.2 oz. Pours dark brown color, nice head. Yes, this is worth the 10 for aroma, it has all the wonderful qualities of a good scotch without burning off your nosehairs when you smell it. Peaty, smoky... underneath some dark fruits (raisins, etc.) and milk chocolate. The scotch definitely comes through in the flavor too... salty, smoky almost a meaty character. Really good, complex, interesting. This is good, I canít wait to try the others.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I decided to get the middle of the three bottles. 11.2oz. Pours dark brown/black with a nice foamy compact tan head. I can smell whisky when I pour it. Good sign. Aroma is complex and rounded with everything working together. Smooth, creamy chocolate, malted milk balls, and a whisky component that is not as intense when my nose is in the glass compared to when it was being poured. Odd. The whisky is well-integrated in the aroma - not overpowering or standing out, just a nice phenolic note buried within and a bit of alcohol at the end of a sniff. Taste is rich, roasty, creamy, a tiny bit watery with a somewhat dry and smoky finish. The whisky is evident but only when I search for it. Seems to be one of the lighter-infused beers compared to some of its peers. Iíve had the regular version of this beer but donít remember it well enough to compare. As it is this is a pretty good and interesting experiment. I might have to suck it up and spend the bucks on the 30 year old version.
BrockLanders (760) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Forgot the bottle number...7xxx. Like the previous rater clearly states....there ainít much difference between this one and the 12 yr version. If nothing else it seemed less boozey....still a distinct woody whiskey character just not as forceful. Upon pouring the tan head was fuller and stayed around for a bit longer also. Definitely smooth.....and like the 12 yr it has a nice alcohol warmth from start to finish. Very tasty indeed.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really couldnít tell much of a difference between this one and the 12, but I didnít drink them side by side. Note to self: see other rating for notes.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
black pour, minimal head, lightly carbonated.
flavors of chocolate, sherry?, and a few other things I canít place. Very smooth. Tasty
badlizard (5525) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
from liarís club. Black with a small tan head. Stronger chocolate, scotch, and oak aroma. More weight on the tongue, smooth mouthfeel, chocolate, mellow scotch, and oak taste with a dry finish.