craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle 9/07. pours a dark black sticking with it’s name. little tan head - which leaves nothing behind. nice aroma filled with molasses, dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. very thin body and kind of one dimensional, although that one dimension is quite enjoyable. some sweetness, a bit of vanilla and the whisky comes through on the finish. I was hoping for a bit more body out of this one.... but overall a very enjoyable ale. Not worth the price tag though.
fonefan (43166) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33cl. @ chris_o’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2008.
Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, mild coffee, peat, barrol oak, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration, and a dry dussty finish. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. Very nice ;o)) (020808)
Rune (10838) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tiny, tan head over a deep rosewood body. Peaty aroma of vanilla with roasted malts. Roasted, sweet malty flavoured with hints of blended whisky and liquorice acidity. Smooth and gentle finish (Taster at European Beer Festival, 12.09.2008).
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 (3709) - 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 (22897) - 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 (15387) - 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 (4303) - 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.