Jimthechap (1925) - 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.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle number 08060, Sept '07:
Oily black body, with a short lived light tan head. The aroma is woody, but it's not all the barrel. This beer is oxidized, probably past it's prime. Faint roasted malt, and moderate dark fruit. Light caramel and hints of whiskey; papery... Taste is lightly bitter up front from dark malts, which is accentuated by age. Some toasty, roasty, and chocolate. There is a slight tartness about it. Light dark fruit which is sort of fig like. Body seems light, carbonation is lighter medium; alcohol is not noticeable. Slightly dry mouthfeel from alcohol and dark malts. Overall, not bad, but I should have had this years ago, before it past it's prime!
Habanero (3017) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours black with a little, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, whiskey, spicy notes and a little smoke. Sweet flavor, that ends up more dry with a hint of bitterness. Soft carbonation, full bodied and oily texture. A very nice ale indeed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
jzi (19) - POLAND - APR 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
piana: beżowa, średniooczkowa, lecz natychmiast opada do zera.
barwa: czarna i nieprzejrzysta
aromat: wędzonka, alkohol, lekka śliwka i wanilia oraz paloność
smak: wędzonka, rozgrzewający alkohol, później długo utrzymująca się paloność i kawa.
DwarfeD (1411) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle at home. Pitch black with a small beige head. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Medium sweetness with some bitter tones. Dark chocolate, whisky, coffee, caramel, raisin, vanilla and herbs. Another tasty brew from Harviestoun.
CaptainTilven (39) - FRANCE - MAR 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour with mahogany reflections; dark beige foam that fades away rapidly. Obvious smells of coffee and prune. Coffee all along, dark chocolate, wood, roasted and even burnt. Oily, rich; very nice bitterness. Gorgeous complementary match with gorgonzola on a chestnut and dried fruit bread; and in matching shades with a dark chocolate cake, of course.
CanIHave4Beers (3524) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared by a kind soul, in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours basically black, and basically still... there are some whisperings of a head that are quickly hushed.
The aroma is roasty and peaty with some sweet maple wood and chocolate.
The flavor is sweet and lightly smoky with some dark chocolate, some light peaty earthiness, and a good dosing of vanilla.
androman (722) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle @ home from Edinburgh. Body is nearly black, head is small off-white, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Nose is light roasty, flavor is licorice, raisin, herbs, spices, light smoke, wood. Medium sweet, medium roasty bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bitter, dried fruits, medium alcohol warmth. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Easy dessert beer.
mikkvoika (122) - ESTONIA - MAR 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0,33l. pours black color with small tan head. Aroma smoke, malts, plum, some wood. Taste smoke, malts, light sweet, medium bitterness, bit of whisky, some fruits. Medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation.
VamboladeTolly (510) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with mikkvoika. Pours black with small tan head. Aroma is burnt malts, sweet cherries, oak, dark plums, some burnt bread, cherry flavored dark chocolate, biscuites etc.Taste is medium bitter, burnt malts, some dryness, hints of whiskey barrels.Full body, thick. Soft carbonation. Long burnt bitter finish with some smoothness. Good beer.
angelkostvo (793) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colour, small beige head. Aroma of cofee, dark chocolate, peat. Taste is light sweet, slightly bitter. Light smokey flavour. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation.