zimbo (595) - SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous restrained dark chocolate and treacle nose. Full bodied but not sappy. Black with a deep brown tan whispy head. Complex earthy chocolaty body which is full but in no way sappy and unravels and caresses the mouth before making contact with a smokiness and the strong whisky barrel element. Beautiful, restrained and still pretty young. Will love to see how it all integrates in the coming years.
thornecb (4505) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to coat surface. Molasses, caramel and smoke aromas. Thick with peat and molasses front to back. Warming whiskey finish.
Mora2000 (5834) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has some strong peat, smoke and toffee notes. The flavor is very similar. I get a lo tot smoke and peat notes as well as some chocolate and toffee. There is a bit of sweetness but what really stands out are the Scotch-aged notes. Fairly boozy. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Tastes like the chocolate made with Laphroaig that you get at Dude Sweet Chocolate in Dallas. Very nice.
prawlie (1173) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Sheffield Tap. Black, oily looking, no head. Boozy, chocolate roast, tasty. Boozy aroma, with sherry notes, fruity. Pretty good sipping beer.
Habanero (2722) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours dark, deep brown with a medium sized, lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, wood, smoked notes, earthy hops and alcohol. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and with bitter notes. Medium to full bodied, oily carb. and soft carb. An excellent brew.
murran (216) - - DEC 25, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown body with almost no head. Rich of bread tones and other interesting flavours.
Stuu666 (3167) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Sweet whisky and chocolate nose, chocolate and liquorice, rich.
allmyvinyl (3988) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours jet black with a tan head and lacing. Aromas of fruitcake and chocolate. Taste has an earthy quality, and subtle whisky notes. Of the three barrel-aged we had this was by far the best. Beautiful balance between the beer and the whisky. Lovely.
after4ever (6237) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330, capped. Thanks j and a! Pours a murky ebony with a scant tan ring. Big oily smoky peaty and mildly iodiney nose. The promised soy and molasses are there as well. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Oily, peaty, molassesy and iodine-rich mid palate. Long toasty molasses finish.
gam (3316) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small tan head dark pour mild carbonation and aromas smoked noted whiskey the oak vanilla note molasses dark fruit coffee rich chocolate the flavours a dryness gritty cocoa dark chocolate molasses rich coffee medium bitter dark fruit plums a salty note sweet caramel oak and whiskey a vanilla taste smooth the finish wonderful ale good body best tastes rich malts dry note oak influence hops lasting bitter sweet taste cracking ale