gunnfryd (9714) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is heather, sugar, malt, alcohol, caramel. Flavour is heather, sugar, oak, malt, alcohol, caramel, wood, dried fruits. Nice beer.
stecken (174) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear golden with a tiny white head. Aroma and taste is whisky, alcohol, smoke, caramel. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, sweet warming finish.
allmyvinyl (1854) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle shared at home. Can’t recall the provenance, been holding on to it for this festive season since last year... Pours clear amber, no head. Big whisky aromas, plus cherry and sherry. More fruit comes through on the taste, plus alcohol burn. Another sipper. Good.
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, shared at the Boxing Day tasting at TimE’s place in Calgary. Burnt orange amber with a thick off white head. Sweet rye whiskey and corn aroma, boozy. Sweet grainy palate with cheap RR Whiskey notes, dry dusty wood in the finish. Quote of the night from brother-in-law Mike: "this is a Ron Burgundy beer". Indeed.
TimE (2943) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep orange amber, tons of whiskey in the nose with Apricots and cherries. Very malty lots brandy and surprisingly tequila shows up. Very peaty but too sweet and boozy to be really enjoyable.
Ferris (1868) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Big caramel notes and whiskey with a bit oak. Clear gold with a thin head. Sweet whiskey and light oak notes. Very sweet and a bit to much light whiskey..
presario (4524) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber. Nice head. Clears the sinuses.cures a number of diseases. Peaty, scotchy, ale. Yum, smack, hmmm
keanex (1232) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled August 2011 (~2.4 years old), bottle number 05808.
Appearance: The body is clear with an orange hue, the head is short and thin, dissipating quickly into a foamy white coating.
Aroma: The aroma is almost exclusively heavily peated scotch. The oak is very strong, coming off a bit astringent, and the peat is heavy. Boy this is peaty. There are some underlying fruit aromas, but they are hard to discern.
Taste: Oh boy this is odd in a way I didn’t expect. There’s a sweetness on the intro, sort of fruity with marmalade coming to mind and a caramel sweetness. The mid-taste builds up the sweet malts while peat and oak overlie it, surprisingly not as out of balance as expected. The finish builds again, increasing the strength with an ashtray finish, perhaps some pear underlying it all. Boy this is not for everyone.
Palate: Medium bodied, very crisp, with mild to no carbonation.
Overall: I picked this up on a whim, but I wish I hadn’t. This is not for anyone who disliked peat. This is chock full of it. I don’t know what I was expecting when I bought this, but I do not enjoy it.
Cunningham (3912) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Clear deep golden color with a small off white head.
Aroma: Malty and some peat.
Palate: Medium + body. A bit sweet and a mild bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Malty, fruity, wood, honey and some peat.
Overall impression: Not quite my taste, but still a decent ale.
Personal stats: Bottle @ Geokkjer
Pyobon (855) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Clear amber brown with little but persistent head. Lovely aroma mixing whisky and malt and raisins. Full bodied, oily and sticky with pleasant medium carbonation that rounds of a perfect mouthfeel. Wonderful complex and rich taste, really quite sweet which carries the high alcohol very well. Raisins and rich malt give the main flavours. These are added to with distinct peaty whisky flavours, caramel, maybe a hint of banana, and some bitterness in the finish. Fantastic beer. (Thanks Mandy and Duncan)