Mora2000 (5128) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank in August 2012 alongside each of the other four variants.
The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of peat smoke in it, as well as some Scotch notes, brown sugar and toffee. The flavor is also heavy on the peaty Scotch notes. I also get some brown sugar, toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Of all five variants, this is the one that was the most distinct and unlike the others. As a fan of Scotch, Scotch Ales and smoked beers, it was also my favorite.
ryanfolty (1674) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
December 24, 2012 bottle from Blue Max. Light brown pour with some head and quite a bit of sediment. Caramel, dark fruit, strong smokey whiskey and little bit of wood in the aroma. Noticeable smokiness, but balanced by the sweetness. Little bit of ash in the finish. Super smooth and medium to thick bodied (slightly thicker than regular). 2008 vintage.
mnurda (1047) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 22, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask sample from the public house in Las Vegas. Bourbon like taste. I like the bubble do this was not my fave but I can appreciate this beer. Well done.
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Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle into snifter. Very similar to a well aged harvest ale. The Lagavilun casks add a smokey peat flavor and aroma. I don’t feel like it adds anything and maybe takes a bit away.
BVery (5129) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Murky orange pour with minimal head and lots of sediment. Big peat and whiskey aroma and taste. Sweet caramel. Very nice!
DuffMan (5780) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Medium amber colour, made cloudy with large particles entering the glass at the end of the pour. Nearly no head. Aroma is sweet, like sugared dates, with soft peaty elements rising to the forefront as it warmed. Flavours of sticky date pudding, custard, peat, leather, old dry dusty wood. Mouthfeel is sticky, full, and with nearly no carbonation. The incredible sweetness is balanced by the pithy woody dryness and the smokey peat. By all rites this should be a cloying sweet syrup of a beer, but it isn’t. It is balanced, nuanced, and comforting.
freeofthoughts (594) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2013 2008 Pours burnt orange copper with no head. The smell is rich, strong fermented apples and oaked whiskey. The taste is very strange, but in a good way. Near vinegar funky with some peat oak, a good bit of cidery Apple and some plum. I?m going to steal from another great rating and say there is a light saline, some dried leather, a near nutty feel that leads to a drying finish with a heavy palate. Strange up front taste but finished good and fruity with a warming lingering musty peat. The base beer is alright but doesn’t quite highlight the cask and visa versa.
fidelis83 (1728) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky, medium burnt orange with a thin, soapy beige head. Aroma is big on peat smoke and iodine, sweet malt, caramel, roasted nuts, campfire, earthy, spicy hops, apple skin, mineral notes and some earthy dark fruit as it warms. Flavor is huge on toasty, smoky wood, peat smoke and a little salinity up front, a little iodine, dark fruit, walnut smoke, toffee, brazil nut, leather and a hint of roast. the finish get a little weird with peat, iodine and a lingering burnt sugar sweetness as well as some earthy, planty hop notes coming through. Fantastic palate, pretty heavy, creamy, a bit sticky, chewy, lightly carbonated and finishing a little drier than the other two versions that I have tried, which really fits the flavor great. Awesome beer overall, were it not so pricey I would definitely buy a few of this and the Calavados version to keep around.
Marheb (1517) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
En fût vintage 2011: Sent l’hôpital et goûte la morgue, vraiment unbuvable.
Wittales (514) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 vintage. Appearance was clear honey caramel with no head what so ever, no lacing. Aromas are so inticing, bacon, smoke, honey, port, sherry-like and charcol whiskey. Taste was nectar of the gods. Sweet, mild smoke, soft whiskey, honey mead-like with deep fruit rolling in. Palate is tiny soft creamy CO2 with full body, then beautiful lasting sweet mild alcoholic finish. A classic...