TheBeerGod (4632) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Dark coppery pour with a tall, delicate, fluffy tan head. Aroma is laden with peat and iodine from the Islay whisky. Thereís some fruitiness beneath that, however. Taste is strong peat, iodine, dark fruit, light woody notes and faint yeast. The whisky is dominant here as well. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more peat, iodine, caramel, notes, dark fruit, malt and wood. I can imagine those not fond of Islay whisky will be put off by this.
blipp (4784) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Torst with a bunch of guys that apparently all have shitty palates. Pours deep amber with a beige head. Big scotch, peat, and wood. Very in your face, with lighter sweetness, and faint yeasty notes. Good stuff.
jredmond (4023) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Clockwork, shared with the RB group at Torst. Pours a deep, dark brown body with off-white head. Aroma is oak, bourbon, soft cocoa and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of oak, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, booze, and spice.
j12601 (5609) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at TÝrst with Max, Ramy, GT & Whitney, Andy, Pearl, James, J-Dad, blipp and Ashley. Pours a hazy to muddy amber brown with a medium to large sized tanned head. Big peat smoke on the nose, chewy peat. Sweet and full of peat and smoke. Sweet and tangy peat. Weird and rubbery.
GT2 (5659) - Riverslime, California, USA - APR 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750mL at Torst with the ratebeer group. Gusher! Muddy reddish pour, weak beige foam. Nose is heavy Ardbeg peat and yellow apple, more oxidized sweet apple, red apple skin, mild hints of maple glazed ham. Taste is quite dry, chalky, sweet red apple. Palate is sweet, mealy. Uh, not my style and I love Ardbeg.
jtclockwork (5102) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2013 Bottle. Pours dark brown. Off white head. Nose and taste of dark fruit, oak, vanilla, whiskey, peat, yeast and cocoa. Medium body. Finishes with a bit of dark fruit and vanilla with whiskey.
Beergeek23322 (426) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. bottle. The ale pours dark redbrown with a large tan head that remains for a long time.Lots of peat and smoky aromas from the Ardbeg casks. A little bit of sweet dried fruit, but the smokiness quickly takes over.
gEUS (587) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2013
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle - pours clear thin dark marron brown with a yellow hue in the head. Nose is definitely Ardbeg peat (overdone) while basiccally all other aromas and flavours are not noticeable. The body is quite thin compared to the overwhelming Ardbeg character.Pity.
JorisPPattyn (7308) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellowish head, fast gone over fully hazy darker red-brown beer. Phenolic, tarry nose, Islay jumping out of the glass; coffee cookies. Milder flavour with liquorice, wet pinewood, tarred poles, but surprisingly sweet overall. Medium bodied, alcoholheat, very slick, very carbonated feel. As expected, dark beer suits itself better to this kind of experiment than blond. But if I see what Menno and Kees manage with Ardbeg barrels...
tderoeck (3000) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
15/XII/12 - 75cl bottle @ Kerstbierenfestival (Essen) - BB: n/a (2012-1369) Thanks to the Belgian/Dutch ratebeer crew for sharing our beers!
Clear red brown beer, small aery off-white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: oh, itís peated all right! Smoky, yeasty, dusty, bit sweet, some caramel. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: bitter start, some caramel, sugary, peated, smoky, earthy character. Aftertaste: more smoke, peat, some caramel, bit sweet, dry, woody.