Scopey (6718) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jan 2009 bottle at home (#34421). It pours near black with small light tan head. The nose is whisky, roasted malt, treacle, toffee, fudge, medicinal notes, chocolate covered marshmallow, Christmas pudding, nut, date and prune. The taste is roasted malt, treacle, whisky, fudge, oak, earth, salted caramel, nut, light bitterness, liquorice and warming alcohol with a bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Wow! The balance is spot-on. Great depth of flavour, yet ultra smooth and massively drinkable.
FatPhil (9288) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki) BB201201, drunk 201212
Pours seemingly black, though its actually a clear but very dark red, with a tight tan head that settles to a ring. Beautiful whisky vapours on the pour. On the glass that doesn’t fade, but is accompanied by a beautiful perfuminess which was extremely surprising. That, and come dark chocolatey roastiness, and just a touch of salty butter that sometimes accompanies whisky. Soft and smooth in the palate, with just a gentle carbonation to crispen it up and stop it from being sticky or heavy. Roast dominate in the taste, it’s dark Belgian chocolate, a little praline nuttiness. Whisky comes and goes in the retronasals, but never really impacts on the main taste. Not really saying 8% to me. There is a fullness, but the only heady vapours are more ephemeral than tangible or fungible. Finish takes the dark chocolate, and adds a lovely dry bitter bite that keeps the palate clean. No "i need a drink now" sugariness, for a start, unlike the last 8% beer I had. The BB date was irrelevant - this was great a year late. An absolutely lovely beer. Hard to fault in any way. Now I’ve done all 5, I think I’d like to do all 5 side by side so that I can get them ordered correctly. I’m not surprised this jumped in in 2nd place, it was gorgeous.
boFNjackson (4130) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ our annual Christmas night bottle share... Pours jet black with a thick, bubbly, light tan head. Similar nose to the 12 and 16 variants. Lots of peat and scotch like whisky initially on the palate. Warming alcohol with charred grains, dark fruits and malt sweetness. Probably the most intense of the three that I had. But right on with enjoyability.
Huhzubendah (2496) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer appears an impenetrable brown shade, with a half inch of beige head that leaves a considerable amount of lacing on the tulip.
The aroma offers whiskey, smoke, peat, campfire. It smells like a bonfire by the ocean at twilight. Oh my...
The scotch character from the Highland Park barrels takes center stage. Wow. Peat and smoke. Ultra smooth and easy to drink. A sipper, though you could upend the snifter in one gluttonous impulse.
Alcohol? Where? A non factor. Light to medium in body, with relatively low carbonation.
My first experience with this series of beers, I will be conducting a vertical tasting of the Ola Dubh Highland Park series as soon as I can!
Brandman (2069) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body, light brown head. Aroma has chocolate, liqourice, medicinal hops and tobacco. Flavour is bit sweeter than aroma with lots of liqourice and tobacco. Nice and surprisingly not that thick at all.
uncben87 (65) - Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled March 2009. Pours a pitch black with almost no head. Aroma is of roasted coffee, some chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Taste is much of the same but I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn’t too heavy on the cloying sweetness of the malts. The subtle scotch undertone added by the aging is just right. The MF leaves a bit to be desired, a little on the thin side. Overall this was a pleasant surprise, especially since it was a gift.
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Low head, off white, black, mostly diminishing,mild oak aroma with sweetness, sweet and mild chocolate flavor
TaktikMTL (5706) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 330 ml achetée chez LCBO (Ottawa, ONT). Arôme: Odeur de tourbe fumée. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de tourbe fumée avec une pointe de mélasse légèrement fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de boisé en arrière goût. (Rating #4290)
jonno (2290) - JAPAN - JUL 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Prune,whiskey, raisin, spent grain. Thin body. Rich flavour though. Some whiskey, dark fruit, ground coffee after use. The lack of body really makes it difficult to fully appreciate what is other wise a top class sipping beer.
Dogbrick (7973) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Pints For Pelotonia charity tasting on 07/21/12: Murky brown-black color with a medium khaki head that recedes slowly. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of burnt malt, fruit and oak. Medium body with flavors of peaty malt, charcoal, fruit and wood. The finish is smoked malt and charred wood. A little too far on the campfire side for my tastes, but a decent beer nonetheless.