VertBaconStrips (2151) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oily black substance slid into my glass. The small yet thick and velvety soft brown crown stayed compact and leaves and constantly replenishes the amount of ropy lacing. WOW! Man, I love this! Silky smooth chocolate aroma, sensual toffee, subdued scotch, shit loads of nuts, light smoke - I’m drooling constantly! This is one of the best smelling beers I have ever encountered. Tons of nuts, almonds - awesome. The taste is not a letdown after the amazing aroma that felt me up. Creamy, smooth, very nutty, almonds, light zippy spice? shat is it? nice mild scotch, vanilla. Damn! The last 1/4 glass is VERY soothing now... lovely. Warm apple without any spice. Smooth light zippy bite of bitterness, Drying, light roasted malts. A truly heavenly experience.
Jow (2534) - New York, USA - APR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As a big time whiskey fella when I saw this bottle at whole foods figured I had to grab. Nose is chocolate and toffee with some peat. The pour is jet black with small beige head. Taste amazingly of whiskey and peat smoke, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Mouthfeel is great I don’t find it too thick at all. Great first beer from Scotland for me
Ughsmash (7326) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured clear, deep brown with garnet highlights and an easily-resuscitated tan head. The aroma was almost all whiskey.. with peaty and nutty notes leading.. warm feel, with miscellaneous roasted black malts beneath.. I dug the whiskey, but it very much masked the underlying brew. The flavor found sweeter whiskey sugars, aged oak, and vanilla throughout.. black patent, nutty, and lesser chocolate malts on the light-moderately roasted core.. tangy whiskey and oak plus some residual black sugars on the long, whiskey-y finish.. tasty, but again there was too much barrel influence. Medium-bodied at most on the palate.. fairly slick, with low carbonation (I don’t know where "gloopy and viscous" comes from).. decent feel and flow.. overall this was a solid drinker, but it was far from exceptional.
Scopey (8470) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Rake. It pours pitch black with a thin tan head. The nose is liquorice, charcoal, caramel, cherry, fig and date. It tastes of caramel, rich-roast coffee, toffee, Scottish tablet, wood, liquorice root, vanilla, cola and brown sugar. The alcohol is very well hidden and the body is lighter than expected. It is pretty dangerous stuff as it’s so easy to drink.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle (Bottle #: 0577. Bottled: 2/2009.): Complex aroma of malt, peat, wood, slight chocolate, slight whiskey, slight roasting, slight tar, almonds, and a hint of soy sauce. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout, especially around the edges. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, light roasting, light tar, peat, light wood, slight whiskey, slight vanilla, and a hint of smoke. Medium to full body. Dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, light roast, slight smoke, light wood, slight tar finish is dry. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is toffee, caramel, vanilla, cream, slight smoke/peat, alcohol. Upfront roasted flavor, finishes with a scotch-like dryness. Very pleasant flavors of toffee, caramel, peat, smoke. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavors keep on going in this once. Scotch flavors really shine in the finish. Very thought-provoking beer.
AshtonMcCobb (3656) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks better than the 12 year - slightly better head retention. Also, more elegant on the nose and palate. Treacle and chocolate aromas. Then chocolate, cream and the whisky flavours. The palate shows a big structure, a very creamy texture and a more elegant finish, though with some whisky alcohol burn.
Blairgus (3033) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2011 black, thin dark tan head. doesn’t look as syrupy as the 12 yo.
choc oakiness has picked up a fruit aroma
thin/med body and slightly fizzy. not as syrupy as the 12yo
less wood means you get more beer. choc stout tastes are showing above the oak.
dark w/ a thin head
smells outstanding! rich and oaky
not as thick as the 16yo but more so than the 12yo
tastes just like the 16yo
they’re both great beers but i think the 16yo is a bit thicker
ContemplateBeer (1677) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Sergio’s. Really sweet aroma of toffee, nougat, sweet chocolate and butterscotch. Appearance was black with light tan head. Flavor emphasized the sweet aromas, but with some slight whiskey sourness on the backside of all that sweetness. Palate was bubbly and terminated creamy. Certainly good, just a little overkill on the sweetness for me. If you love sweet beers, this may be up your alley.
jesperhammer (3368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11-FEB-2011, bottle @home, with Ulkløbben, from "Fish & Beer".
Served blind with Old Engine Oil and Ola Dubh 40.
Whiskey is really present on this one. But it’s like barrel aging a beer that is a littel too simple does not make it a better beer. Still a little thin and not really complex enough. Would gladly drink it again, but I will not go out seeking the others in the series.