Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My second favorite of the bunch (12, 16, 30 year). This is the most balanced of the bunch. Very mellow and smooth, what it lacks however is the accents that make a great beer what it is. The body is awesome to drink, but there is nothing exceptional about it. The HUGE smokiness in the 16 is minimized but at the same time, you don’t get the great variation in textures and tastes that are there in the 12. Overall, great but lacking that last bit to put it as the best of the three.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is comprised of notes of pipe tobacco, very peaty scotch, smoke, wood and unsweetened chocolate. Full-bodied with a whole milk mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Malty with undertones of caramel, bittersweet chocolate, scotch whiskey, smoke and wood. Moderate to medium sweetness; moderate to medium charred, woodsy, boozy bitterness. Woodsy, smoky and boozy finish.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown/black, with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, whiskey, smoke, wood, and a little coffee. Flavor is smoke, whiskey, wood, roasted malt, and chocolate. Body is a bit thin. A very interesting beer.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sept 2007 Bottle Number 11372<P>
Pours deep brown - less black than its little siblings, 16 and 12. Low carbonation , a head so light it barely reaches around the rim. Smells of roasted malts, whiskey, coffee. First sip is smooth with a malty, whiskey almond taste that finishes woody, dry and bitter. Compared to 12 and 16 in this release, 30 does not appear as complex as the cask flavor dominates.<P>
Those 30 year casks will fool you on the ABV. It has the taste of a huge ABV. It comes in at a mere 8%.
Way under carbonation but still very, very tasty!
rajendra82 (1030) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The individually boxed package with a clinky neck ornament exuded pure class. The beer was poured into a humble mug, and it graced it with a pitch black appearance and a two finger thick beige head. The smell was more typical of a Dry Stout than an Old Ale. It smelled pretty roasty, with a lot of coffee and chocolate. The taste was along the same vein, but the whisky barrel aging was more apparent here. The roasty flavors were mellower than the smell suggested, and there were overtones of vanilla and prunes. The body was soft and oily (which was quite appropriate I suppose). Quite good, but not a whole lot different than the time I sample my stouts with some dark chocolate.
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared courtesy of Axilla. Tasted side by side iwth the 16 & 30 year versions. Poured a deep brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of wood, bourbon, whiskey, smoke, vanilla, earthy, and wood. Tastes of whiskey, smoke, vanilla, wood, and chocolate. Out of the 3, whiskey was the most prominent characteristic (and I do like whiskey).
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep brown body with a small tan head lace. The aroma was a bit harsher than the other 2 with a lot othe the same, choclate, vanilla, smokey, notes found in the others. The flavor started of on the bitey side with sweet smoke, dry oak, stronger scotch characteristics, choc, and very mild vanilla.
egajdzis (5939) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark mahogany color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of strong, peaty smoke, light roast, chocolate, wood, and faint vanilla. Taste of more peat smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, faint vanilla, and wood, with a bit of alcohol. Acidic mouthfeel.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Adam: Pours black with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet, with peat, smoke, whisky, and charred barrel. Flavo is massive. Compared to the nose this is total oppisite. Taste is light peatness with heavy char barrel. Whiskey is an under tone. Finish is dryt with barrel note and slight chocolate. Amazing beer. Thanks Adam!
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown with touches of amber notes and a medium creamy tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate, nuts, light whiskey notes, and some caramel. Flavor of vanilla, caramel, cardboard, light roast, some milk chocolate, earthy and woody.