Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, golden orange hue with spotty head. Aromas of alcohol, hay and caramelized brown sugar with a slight spice to it.... no smokiness in the aromas. Not as peaty, in the flavor, as I like from a typical islay single malt, but itís there....THe texture if the brew is a little sticky with a slight bitterness going down.
no wait....itís very sticky and as it warms, as I say with all beers, the flavors unfold. Lots of honey with a little spice come through but the finish on this beer is like ..... not a good islay malt scotch, but more like a blend. I can see this as being a great dessert brew.... but other than that, I will have to let my other bottle rest for a while and rate it another day.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bright golden with a wispy head. Alcohol, perfume, and a touch of peat in the aroma. Some dusty sweetness as well. Sticky sweet, which is not unexpected, with honey notes, but the tandem peat/medicinal blast renders this near drain pour. Yeeesh! If this is ever going to come together, it isnít going to be anytime soon.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
At the risk of having my geek license revoked, I will tell you I didnít like this one. Appearance was fine, looked like liquor. Aroma had some wood to it, and syruppy sweetness, and medicine type aroma. Flavor wasnít overwelmingly sweet like some of the JW Leeís Harvest that Iíve had, but I didnít like what was there either. I think I perfer Listerine. Mouthfeel was viscous and sticky. Finish was slightly sweet. I might lay one of these down, but it wonít be me drinking it!
hopscotch (8853) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sparkling clear amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Ink-blot lacework. Malty, earthy nose with notes of oak, smoke, whiskey, honey and butterscotch. The flavor is very malty, but decently balanced with shots of caramel, whiskey, wood and smoke. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, full, sweet finish.
egajdzis (5269) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a small, quickly diminishing white head. Whiskey, light vanilla, some peat in the aroma. First impression was that it was sweet and alcoholic. Syrupy sweet, nutty, definitely a whiskey burn on the way down. I have been a fan of whiskey aged beers, and this was damn good, but there have been better ones. Maybe it just needs more time in the cellar?
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sparkling clear amber body, very thin white head. Nose is rich and complex, with notes of peat smoke, whiskey, vanilla, and wood. Flavor almost matches aroma, but itís a bit on the sweeter side. Hops make a brief appearance, but never find their way out completely. Full bodied, syrupy, soft carbonation, sweet whiskey smoke finish. Take note that if you donít like whiskey, this probably wonít be your thing. Obviously though, I loved it!
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear and very light in color with almost no head. Smells like Scotch. Really interesting flavor, tastes like Scotch mixed with beer, but not overpowering.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, amber body with almost no head. Strong, alcoholic nose with lots of sweet, fruity malts. Raisin, apples, wood and warming licorice alcohol. I mean, literally, the nose is just assaulted with alcohol. The body is interesting as sometimes it seems thin, but isnít, and nor is it thick. Really interesting flavors and where the Lagavulin peaks its nose out. Salty as all get out. I donít remember having a barrel-aged beer that took on as much character from the previous liquid, as does this one. A bit peaty, but really it seems more like a sweet, alcoholic beer mixed with salt water. A slow sipper that really takes time to appreciate and analyze. Not outstanding, but interesting nonetheless. Iíd like to see what some time will do to this one.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of phenols, peat, vanilla on the nose. The nose reminds me of pinotage. The palate is smoky with flavors of bacon fruit, and olive oil. Long sweet smokey finish.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a thin white head that fades. Aroma is of dough, alcohol, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is of heavy smoke and leather with a sweet honey-biscuit maltyness. The smoke and leather calm down a bit as the beer warms. I really did not like this one much at all until the beer hit room tempature when the malt backing becomes noticable enough to balance the smoke making a pretty interesting beer. If I was more of a whiskey lover I think I would like this one a lot.