Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - MAY 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
You look at this beer and try to discern a colour... the best you can get is that it is as black as sin and maybe shows some mahogany around the dimple and the rim of the glass. The head upped and went after a very short time leaving a herbal-greenish tinge on a latte skim of bubble. The nose is just molasses all over. I’m surprised this s connected with whisky and not dark rum. Black strap molasses, pumpernickel, rye, dark chocolate, treacle, plums and thick plastic dominate the aromas. While it is obviously enormous, it is a treat for the nose. Thick and oily in the mouth, those aroma signatures abound in the mouth with plentiful molasses. There is a nod toward bitterness but the start is its thick, oily texture. It is chewy and reminds me of an acquaintance who having been to Ireland (and was not known as a Guinness drinker) said you could stand a spoon up in the pints. This is probably as close as that gets. A bit of bonfire smoke starts to come out in the flavour, which is gratifying and resonates with the house character of Highland Park whisky - also a favourite.
This is love: beer and whisky in poetic harmony. Sweet toward the finish without being sickly and cloying. Plenty of lingering warmth in the top of the chest and a platoon of Orcadian distillery workers and Caledonian brewers to thank. The warmth in my chest is probably made up just as much of love.
ej (1108) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - APR 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from June 2014. Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head. Roasted malts on the nose along with chocolate, vanilla, cocoa and molasses. Taste is light sweet with a moderate frutyness. Some bready maltyness, a bit of whiskey and a long sweet finish.
peponi (1228) - Mainz, GERMANY - APR 16, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: roasted dark malts, bitter chocolate, peated.
Appearance: black color and beige head.
Taste: low herbal bitterness, bitter chocolate, peated, bonfire, smoked notes, burnt malt, quite dry.
Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, peated finish.
Overall: It is a really good stuff, amazing peated notes, smooth and complex.
rouhlas (2115) - GREECE - APR 11, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle. Black color with small brown head. Malty aroma, roasted, dark dried fruits, chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, licorice, smoked notes, wood. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma, chocolate, smoked notes, fruits and vanilla. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
Fullpintofbeer (67) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Brew Bristol.
Appearance: black colour, small dark head which dissapers slowly, fair lacing.
Aroma: malts - vanila, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel. A little bit of burnt tyre after a while.
Taste: very nicely sweet, long duration.
Palate: full bodied, thick, oily, flat, perfectly balanced.
Very drinkable beer, as for 8% very light, superb balance.
eduardovl (1278) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle served in snifter glass. Purchased at Drinks of the World - Geveva.
A: Pours a oil black color forming a medium dark beige head with medium to low retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass.
S: Great nose. Sweet caramel, roasted malts, whisky and wood. Vanilla and licorice. Light notes of leather and earth.
T: Sweet upfront taste. Strong notes of roasted malts, whisky and oak. Notes of vanilla and licorice. In overall, the taste is sweet and slightly bitter. Light notes of grassy hops.
M: Heavy body. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet caramel, whisky and oak in the aftertaste.
O: Excellent drinkability. Classic British Old Ale.
UXO (1255) - CANADA - FEB 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: nearly solid black with only the merest hint of brown around the margins, short beige head, poor retention and no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: whiskey, baker’s chocolate, liquorice, vanilla, oak. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light alcohol. (7/10) Palate: full slightly oily body, moderate-low carbonation, off-dry lightly boozy finish. (4/5)
Somewhat to my surprise, I half think this really did have a best before - because this is so mild that the only conclusion I can draw is that it’s faded in the bottle. On the up side, it’s extremely mild and easy drinking, with a very mild whiskey character. (14/20)
Mortlach (1775) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 20, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @Bir&Fud Bottega (Rome). Pours oily black with a minimal head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, licorice, smoked notes. Flavour is medium sweet with a good bitter end and a smoked note. High body, medium to light carbonation. It didn’t age well...
luttonm (3968) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with the Belgrade Boys at Halloween tasting. Same dark pour as the other OEOs. Richer, more complex barrel. Body of the beer is less developed, more cola. Whiskey-barrel note is better but beer itself has suffered. A little residual sweetness.
wombat23 (333) - Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a dark beige head that quickly subsides. Nose is malt, whisky, oak, and dark fruit sweetness. Taste follows; with a roasted malt component and bitter chocolate notes. Medium body. Pretty good.
darbeer75 (262) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: rich and complex; whiskey faint but not overwhelming like many other barrel aged beers. Appearance: pitch black with off white head that dissipates quickly; little lacing; Taste: malty with more pronounced whiskey flavors (still not overwhelming); complex; excellent; Palate: heavy body with shorter finish than expected; Overall: delicious. Would definitely buy again.