Scopey (9998) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask, hand-pull at WHOAF 2015. It pours jet black with a tiny, bubbly tan head. The nose is so rich, sweet, oily, stewed dark fruits, fruit cake, eccles cake, vanilla, cherry bakewell, sweet roast, juicy whisky, heather honey and light smoked peat. The taste is slick, oily, unctuous, warming alcohol, eccles cake, earthy roast, charred wood, Neapolitan ice-cream, liquorice, rich roast, mocha, stewed strawberries, umami, rocky road, burnt toast and a touch of peppery spice with a dry, warming finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Slick mouth-feel. Staggeringly brilliant, great depth and yet somehow highly drinkability. Perfect for a whisky and beer lover. Exceptional.
DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask Stillage from the Cellar at the Rake, Southwark 02/08/2010 (Thanks Chris O)
Big whisky aroma. Black very strong in alcohol and smooth on the palate with a hint of dryness and bitterness in a coffee roast finish.
AdiBeer (2397) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: bourbon, peat, molasses, caramel, toasted malts, dark grains. Appearance: black, no head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: very subtle bourbon, or should I say Whiskey, intensifying, alcohol, peat, oily texture, alcohol in the long finish. Overall: a ridiculous bargain at the Sloaney Pony for 90p on a Monday evening, fantastic palate, probably one of the best palates Iíve ever tasted. Pint at the White Horse, Parsons Green.
tdtm82 (1389) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2010 Ola Dubh 30 year cask, tap, half, at the Rake. Distinct caramel; oak, leather, woody mouth feel and vanilla. Similar oak reminscence of St Julien. MM. Much better on cask. Better than the 12 year. A complex winter brew to keep you in steamin shape all night long.
oh6gdx (23659) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask@The Rake. Pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is mild smooth whisky along with caramel malts, some wooden notes as well as vanilla and some mild toasted notes. Flavour is whisky, wooden notes, vanilla, mild fruityness, roast and some slight alcohol as well. Extremely pleasantly balanced and drinkable.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate. Cask at the Rake.
Black brown, totally opaque, no head what-so-ever. It still looks pretty inviting though. Amazing aroma. A truck load of burnt caramel and chocolate, hints of vanilla and leather and a good 30 year vintage undertone. The flavour is full on creamy chocolate and whisky. The caramel and vanilla are there along with some dark fruit. Slight peaty hit in the finish and a good deal of the Highland Park showing through. Hints of seaweed and over ripe plum in the aftertaste. Actually, the aftertaste is what makes it. Itís sublime. Amazing length and giving up more of everything it has to offer. Certainly better than the bottled version. Bloody excellent stuff. Really smooth and dare I say it, downable. Iím really struggling to get this rate out quick enough. Sod it.
nihtila (2088) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Ushers, as 10.5%. Pours quite flat, black. Whisky is dominant in nose but still in quite soft way, also dark chocolate, roast, dark fruits. Taste is very soft and smooth, whisky, peat, slight vanilla and burnt caramel, dark chocolate. Excellent soft and strong beer but strong whisky taste so you better like whisky as well.
Stuu666 (7806) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at ushers. Pours black, nose is chocolate, oak, coconut, whisky, taste is sweet, rich, smoked sausage, toffee, vanilla, boozy.
Leighton (15280) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handpump at the WHOAF 2015 - London. Pours oily, mostly clear, deep brown with a small, bubbly tan head. Rich semi-dark malts in the nose, brown sugar, heavy peat, dried berries. Hearty sweet flavor with rich burnt malts, oily peat, charred wood, earth, slight vanilla. Full bodied, oily and chewy, with soft carbonation. Warm to hot on the finish, with lingering peat, smokey fire, burnt toast, scorched earth. Great depth. If you like peat, and I do, then you will love this.
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
cask @ Coles, Buffalo, NY. Dark brown/black pour. Peaty, smoke, scotch, wood notes along with rich roasted maltiness. Not so much boozy at 10%. Fuller mouthfeel thats packed with flavor. A real treat