Muggus69 (1100) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330mL bottle #05142 AUG2010
Beautiful looking dark beer; solid burnt tan head stands firm atop a opaque mahogany body.
Complex aroma of bitter chocolate, whisky, pear, raisin, tar, prune, coffee and spice.
Carbonation quite low, thick oily texture with a drying astringent woody character cutting through.
Flavour is just so immensely complex - burnt nuts, cocoa, cola, prune, raisin, vanilla, clove, pear, bitter orange marmalade, coffee bean. Booze is totally undetected, finishes with a slight oaky astrigency and high hop bitterness, cutting through the richness.
Just the complexity of this beer just makes me wanna try the Scotch from which it was borne, but they made not be feasible. Fantastic really, certainly a treat that I didn’t think i’d ever have, and will definately work my way backwards through the range.
VertBaconStrips (2014) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Is the 30 or the 40yr better? The only way to answer that is to open both and go head to head. Black pour, not oily. The light brown head in this glass mystified me until I realized that the Corsendonk glass I’m using is etched on the bottom. The hint was the little fizzing black hole in the center of the surface. Nose: the difference? +1 to the 30 - the more nutty, creamy, chocolate goodness in the 30 vs. the dirtier slightly smoky whisky notes of the 40. More 30 aroma: amazing aroma, very tantalizing indeed - chocolate, deep non-sweet roast, biscuit, softer whisky notes that do include some of that Highland smoke, almonds and a bouquet of flowers with notable chrysanthemums - no crazy depth but just soothing. More 40 aroma: cherry medicinal thing, dirty oaky ashy earthy yy, apple bread, spices, I mainly find the cherry thing after letting the glass sit as once that great cloud of smells gets busted up it goes into hiding. Apricot, fresh tobacco. What tastes better? The 40 with ease - not to say anything bad about the 30 - both are excellent but the 40 is meaner and has depth. 40 flavours: Ashes, sweet plum, dirt, very dark melted chocolate, very very light alcohol goodness gives a kick, oak, rough vanilla, tobacco, light mineral flavour, something else. Ok, Vertical Limit is on. I LOVE this movie! As a climber I respect this movie. Ok, I surrendered part of my soul for that comment but it’s so fucking awful that I always have to watch. Lots of whisky in that 40... 30 flavours: ohoh! something is wrong with the chopper!!!!! How are they possibly going to get out of this alive? Smooth roasted malts with a short lived sweetness, chocolate, nuts, vanilla, light peppery spice of scotch, candy, dry dirt, toffee, goodness. Easy drinking. Both are a bit oily and fully bodied, etc etc. I have to give the nod to the 40 even though usually the aroma wins out for me. Excellent beers. Thx to a forgotten soul out east for the 40.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours solid black with a small white head. Aroma of wood, sherry, roasted coffee, burnt wood and vanilla. Flavour of roasted coffee, some chocolate, toasted nuts, smoked wood, vanilla and lightly sweetened. Medium-bodied, not as rich as the aroma denotes, lightly carbonated. Pleasant.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very dark pour, almost completely black, with red highlights and a foamy tan head that quickly fades to surface cover. Aroma shows a lot of influence from the whisky barrels but this is integrated very well and doesn’t overpower the other elements; tar, smoke, seaweed, whisky and vanilla mix beautifully with notes of dark chocolate, liquorice and dark fruit. Flavour has many of the same characteristics as the aroma but is woodier, less smokey, roastier, sweeter and less salty. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with soft carbonation and a long roasty finish. This is another excellent example of the magic these guys can make with a great dark ale and some top whisky casks. On a par with the 30 year old version and one of the best whisky aged brews I have tried.
RuneStumo (2040) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
15.10.2011. 0,33l Bottle. Dark brown colour with tan head. Very rich beer. Aromas of dark malts. Notes of smoke and roasted malts. Very nice tones of Whisky, tar and oak.
Beersiveknown (2395) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle 10968 (03/09) at home 5/11/11. Alcoholic whisky and nutmeg on the nose, with plenty of booze in the body and chocolate covered sultanas. Subtle carbonation and long whisky finish.
armando629 (2370) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,33 l bottle, Biererei, Vienna.
Poured black, with a beige head that melts down to a small lacing one with reddish edges. Nice aroma of chocolate, brandy and rum, caramel, molasses. Medium bodied one, surprisingly easy with a sweet taste, fairly low carbonation. Nice, long lasting aroma of whiskey in the aftertaste. Pleasant.
espenra (833) - Kurland, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Pitch black colour with a small head. Aroma is sharp and laden with tar, smoke, oak and alcohol. Flavour is smooth, suprisingly so when compared to the aroma. Some tar, but coffee, caramel and oak is most dominant. Alcohol is noticable, but very well camoflagued.
hawthorne00 (2215) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a dense tan head. Aroma of chocolate, peat, sherry, spices, wild berries. Rich and sweet with dark toffee, berries, wood, spices - particularly vanilla, but also white pepper. Luscious oily mouthfeel. Complex but fairly easygoing - it’s not that heavy. Lots of whisky influence, but unlike the others of these I’ve tried so far, it’s well integrated. Wood, iodine, peppery bitterness and alcohol at the end.
mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz. bottle, pours dark brown / black with a tiny tan head. Aroma is extremely woody, with dry whiskey, burnt malt, and a slight licorice note. Flavour is very dry and woody, with notes of whiskey, dry burnt wood, some licorice, and charred malt. Finishes dry, woody and a bit boozy. Excellent, though I actually prefer the 12, 16 and 18.