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.
TorbenJensen (828) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium foam with nougat color. Good aromas with fruity touch of especially plum and berries. The taste is dominated by caramel malt abundant, well with black currant, plum and prune / raisin and a little hard roasted malt which holds together the flavor notes. Hop bitterness is almost hidden behind the warming alcohol, and I had probably expected me much more than it is.
bytemesis (4765) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black, small tan head, decent lacing. Aroma is peaty, smoky, roasty, cocoa, molasses. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, less peaty than most in the series actually. Medium body.
procraste (200) - FRANCE - AUG 23, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nez chocolaté assez ample puis bizarrement à la première gorgée, c’est pas très épais. très aqueux même. C’est agréable tout de même, pas dérangeant ... ça ne bouscule pas, un peu trop sage sans doute ... Mon palais hésite. Il y a sans doute mieux ailleurs, chez De Molen par exemple.En tout cas, ça ne vaut certainement pas le prix que j’ai payer pour acquérir cette bouteille. A noter que ça devient assez insipide en se réchauffant dans le verre, tant au goût qu’au nez ...
Tognetta (398) - Campinas, BRAZIL - AUG 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Totalmente negra, e não adianta colocar contra a luz que não muda nada ... Espuma marrom, de média formação e pouca retenção. Logo ao servir o aroma predominante é defumado, amadeirado, licorosa, leve chocolate e torrefação, complexa. No paladar o defumado é o carro chefe, obviamente remete a whisky, madeira, dulçor médio, álcool bastante perceptível. A textura é oleosa, carbonatação inexistente. Aftertaste novamente amadeirado, uma toffe alcoólica, torrado e defumado, com varias nuances, complexidade equivalente de uma Quadrupel. Gostei e tomaria novamente, apesar de não esperar tanto o defumado, da maneira que ela entrega. Até o momento, melhor do que a 12.
Marstonlad (596) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with almost no head at all. The aroma features a rich, refined collaboration between oak and whiskey and rich roasty maltiness. Also plenty of licorice and a touch of plum. Taste is light to medium sweet and roasty; later very subtly bitter. Roasty maltiness is accompanied by surprisingly much dark plummy fruitiness and also woody elements as expected. Lingering whiskey in the long aftertaste. Warming alcohol presence. The palate is medium to full bodied, smooth and nearly completely flat. Excellent.
vipinvelp (2912) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark ruby, small light brown lacing foam ring. Light chocolate aroma, strong bitter coffee taste, chocolate tones. Lasting aftertaste. (Velp 201506)
McWorta (1051) - LUXEMBOURG - JUN 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really dark brown-black with a fine tan head. Aromas of sugar-beet/treacle, vanilla fudge, milk chocolate and wet woody caramel develop on the nose. Just enough carbonation to lift the palate, velvety texture and a full elegant body. Sweet treacle, vanilla fudge notes with a well balanced roast malt woody bitterness. Lasting light roast malt finish.
Lele (256) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 7, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
ASPETTO: marrone mogano scuro, schiuma marroncina, poco abbondante, abbastanza fine e non molto persistente. AROMA: si percepisce soprattutto del marzapane, liquoroso, caramello e tostato. Aroma intenso e avvolgente. GUSTO: si ripresentano i sentori percepiti al naso, con aggiunta di un buon maltato e della liquirizia. Corpo strutturato, carbonizzazione bassa. CONCLUSIONE: grandissima birra, da meditazione. Molto saporita, dal gusto pieno e avvolgente. I suoi 16 anni di invecchiamento si sentono tutti.
degbert (1404) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a shallow, lacy, sticky, medium brown head. Nose is chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, peat, whisky, and umami notes. On the tongue, it’s lighter than I expected; tobacco and peat notes in the forefront, followed by coffee and woodsmoke. Quite complex; iodine, sea and salinity, chocolate, it’s an amazing melange of two different flavor palates that work well together -- better than I thought they might. Warm on the back of the palate, with a long fiery finish. Amazing beer, holding its ABV well.
Ktwse (2844) - SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of molasses, muscovado, dried dark fruit, tar, oil (!). Taste is creamy sweet and balanced peaty with a smooth, sweet finish. Medium thick body with soft carbonation.