Dfonorow (1065) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is black with a small brown head. Aroma is very pungent with notes of tar, smoke, oak, booze, and spice. Flavor is a bit sweeter with notes of dark toffee, berries, licorice, spice, and burnt wood. It is dryer and boozier than the other years.
Abio (1507) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black, small head. Roasted, liquorish, spiced. Alcohol. A bit unpleasant, expected more. Burned taste, liquor gets trough a bit hard, think the chosen wooden barrels are less my thing. Not bad, but expected something else.
cgarvieuk (12892) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at fins ... deep black ... big coconut and spirit nose ... big iodine and roast mlats ... light smoke.
markwise (4177) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to BigSound for sharing this one. Cheers, Henri! Pours a medium stout brown with an off-tan head. Nose is peat, band aid, nail polish remover, booze, and unsweet chcocolate. Flavor is similar- peaty whiskey with wood, roasted malts, peat, smoke, band aid, and booze. Medium in body and ok, but peaty as all hell.
JohnRMurdoch (2886) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Strong aroma of whiskey. Looks like cola with a good head. Sweet roasted malt flavour. Very smooth. Comes in a nice presentation box. More expensive & not as good as the 18 year old version.
Finn (3759) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske 0,33l - nummerert 38858 -spandert av og delt med Rune på seanse hjemme hos ham 12 Jan 12. Svart. Høyt lysebrunt skum. Klar whisky-aroma. Smaken tørr & røykfylt. Litt krydret. Avslutningen har et visst øl-preg.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter. Bottle #55737, bottled January 2009. I looked up how much the 30 year whiskey costs and the cheapest was just north of $300. The 40 year is just a fraction more at over $1,200 per bottle. And to think I thought this bottle of beer was expensive at $16.99.
3.0 A: Black color. Just about a finger of frothy light brown head. Retention is subpar and one lone, patch of lacing is left.
4.0 S: The 30 year Ola Dubh I had recently was from 07. I’m glad this one is from 09. The whiskey is more powerful. The base beer itself offers little aside from a roastiness and a bit of chocolate. The whiskey is where it’s at. The 40 year is decidedly more earthy and "wild" than the 30 year. Mountain stream, ash, peat, mineral. There’s also light amounts of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Really well integrated, but I think I liked the nose on the 30 a bit better. Still, this Highland Park stuff seems legit.
3.5 T: The base is again MIA save for some roastiness. The whiskey tastes like it smells, but could use a bit of power. Fresh running forest stream, ash, peat, mineral again. Coffee and chocolate gain some strength while the vanilla and oak stay in the shadows. Easily the most earthy whiskey I’ve experienced (most of which have been through beer). While this is tasty, both the base beer and the whiskey need some more strength for this to break past a 3.5.
2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Carbonation is a touch lower than what I’d like. Missing all creaminess for the most part.
3.0 D: Normally I’d give this a 3.5 out of general good will, but I can’t since this is so goddamn expensive. It’s not a bad beer, but it has plenty of flaws and the mouthfeel sucks.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-06-2012 22:24:37
Damico (2309) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is way too boozy for me. It smells roasty and malty at first, then the whisky settles in hardcore completely overwhelming the palte...Wow!
DutchDrebus (3368) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitch black, opague colour with a small light brown head. Smells sweet, flowers, wood, whisky, some chocolate. Tastes chocolate, whisky, a lot of liquorice and wood. A bit thin for its abv, watery, okay carbo.