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.
luttonm (3633) - 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 (137) - 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 (122) - 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.
cmacklin (573) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black with a small, short lived, light brown head that laces. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, coffee, oak and whisky. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, smoke, whisky and oak with a dry, mildly bitter finish. Medium body with a creamy, smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice.
aleksander9 (1056) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with brown head. Oak, spicy, vanilla and herbal. Sweet, dry and woody finish. Overall: good! 18 og 12 is better.
Vighals (2421) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Svart med lavt lys brunt skum. Lukter godt fatlagringen, eik, nøtter og noe sjokolade. Fyldig. Søtlig start, svisker og vanilje. Utover kommer en nøtteaktig avslutning. Noe alkohol i avslutningen.
markoijelena (1571) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0.33l at The Halloween tasting 2015 Belgrade Serbia.Taste at Beerville Bar with our small tasting group.Bro Vlada, Bro Alberto and Bro Matt.Bottle from the Great British festival.Pour it dark color with small white head.Aroma of roasted malt.Taste of vanilla again, whiskey flavour, not comlexed and balanced like other two 12 and 21.Flat finish little bit.
sjogro (1572) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting at my place. Bottle shared thanks to Mrk. Black. Coffee, dark chocolate, marzipan, whisky. Sweet with bitter finish. Interesting development of palate. Backlog from 2015/01/09.
rodenbach99 (3775) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille #13650. Un liquide brun foncé avec une mousse beige. Un nez de cuir, vanille, touche de chocolat. Une bouche agréable, facile mais oh combien efficace et savoureuse. Très bon.
k0mpsa (2106) - Tuusula, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 Bottle. Black color, brown head. Aroma has licorice, oak barrels, wet wood, chocolate. Smooth palate, oak, chocolate, coffee. Very smooth, aged nicely.