11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
03 bottle from LoweredSixth. Deep orange amber color with very little off-white head. Smoked aroma is intriguing. Flavor is a bit of a mishmash of smoke, sweet syrupy malt and sugar. A touch cloying. Decent.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours burnt golden and syrupy -- swirls in the glass with liquor viscosity. Touch of char in the aroma with some toffee notes and smokiness. Alive and fruity on the tongue ... peat peat peat ... and more peat. At first overwhelming, but then it backs off and settles to the backseat. Sweet and sugary. Overall very nice, but not as good as strait J W Lees.
Holdwine (1169) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A little steep at $7.50, but worth it. Let it warm. They use barrels from one of my favorite whisky’s to add such power to this ale. Pours a heavy whisky caramel, with little to no head. Peaty nose. with alcohol. Floral notes. Honey, heather, it is all there.
jazz88 (2664) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of the 2003 vintage. Medium golden color with minimal to no head. A strong scotch whisky aroma (intense peatey nose). Unlike any other whisky aged beer I have had; this one actually seems more like whisky than beer. Some vanilla or butterscotch flavors meld with the smoke and peaty flavors.
SpringsLicker (3442) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured this straight in to the glass and was rewarded with a large rocky head of off-white. The body of the beer was sparkling light amber with tints of orange and pink as well.
Nutty warm aroma.
The flavor was sweet and heavy with a long finish. Bordered on syrupy but was exceptionally creamy and smooth. Whiskey was not popping out at me so maybe this has mellowed some. Nice but will have to be a special treat as it’s price is probably not worth it.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is quite whisky-like, some smoky notes, woody. Clear copper colored body with no head. Sweet flavor, caramel, fruity and the smokyness from the whisky is there too. By far the best of the four cask maturd harvest ales. mmmm... Lagavulin!
bu11zeye (12693) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, ’03 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of whisky, wood, and caramel. Has a mild whisky and caramel flavor. Warm alcohol presence. Enjoyable!
Nuffield (4056) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve just walked into a pizza kitchen, and having a sip of whisky with my pepperoni, I am warmed and comforted. Very dry, malty, with good life. Smooth, giving so many indicators of the whisky. Beautiful aroma and flavor, easily the best of the three cask Lees (haven’t had the Port yet). Thanks Bu11zeye!
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours amber in color with a small dissipating head. Interesting aroma of peat and whisky. Full flavor of wood and whisky. Enjoyable beverage.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bright copper bronze with light fizzy carbonation and a thin, lightly-lacing coating of cream-colored head. Rich sweet caramel butterscotch around with a touch of peat and whisky. Body starts thick and syrupy with lots of sticky caramel, turning more dry, smoky, and woody toward a charcoal finish. Alcohol is fairly well masked. Enjoyable and well done. This will age quite nicely.