Rando7 (689) - Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours rusty orange with thin white head. Slightly smoky aroma. Taste malt sweetness with smoked peat and whiskey. Great mouth feel with full palate and minimal carbonation. Finish prolonged malt sweetness and whiskey.
nj_BierMaven (94) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Somerset Hills Tap Room in NJ. Thank you to Kevin the manager and his management for supporting him in putting amazing off-the-mainstream brews like this on the rotating draft list. Pours a beautiful cloudy amber, with a nose that clearly announces its Scotch barrel ancestry. Mild carbonation does not interfere with the peaty, smoky character that defines this barley wine. Was too cold upon delivery from the tap, but the maltiness revealed itself upon warming, balancing out the smokiness. Not for the faint of heart, but for barley wine and Scotch lovers a reward worth pursuing. I don’t taste the alcohol notes others described, just a malty smoky complexity that defies description.
DasBierChef (1080) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful rendition of this beer! Nice smokey flavors and aromas work well with everything in the original.
undercurrent25 (1296) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy smokey, peaty whisky flavour and aroma, tastes like a whsky thats been watered down with beer, having said that it’s very nice
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Description says only available in bottles, but this was at The Thirsty Monk in Asheville as part of their Thirsty Fest. Definitely Lagavulin with its distinct peat bomb flavor. Mixed well with the sweet toffee, brown sugar and golden raisins of the base beer. Palate is light for the 11.5% but still a bit syrupy. Love it.
ansjelaah (1045) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gedronken met joes, benzai en dutchdrebus, oranje kleurig, geen schuim, whiskey en houtgeur, en smaakt heeel zoet, stroop, hazelnoten. Bijzonder. 2005.
Benzai (6264) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle shared by Joes. Hazy medium to dark orange color, no head. Smell malts, whisky, lightly peat and smoke. Taste malts, a lot of whiskey, some sweetness, alcohol. Heavy! Full body, medium carbonation.
DutchDrebus (3365) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy copper colour, no head. Smells whisky, oak, some bandaid smell, turf, sweet. Tastes very sweet, maple syrup, peat, smoked eel, hazel nut. Lots of tastes going on in a very long lasting aftertaste. This beer is the most complex one i’ve tasted so far. Thick body, low and soft carbo.
Nightsky (175) - Lutz, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed in 2005
Heavy aroma, smell of raisin and slightly of brown sugar. Appearance was ok but not great, no head. Bursting with flavor! Full and lush, it starts off very sweet, has hints of raisin and a subtle smokiness. Thick oily palate.
jnkor (312) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is sweet but robust. Poured with no head, but an appealing brownish orange. Sweet but full like a wee heavy or a barley wine. I can feel the high ABV, but not too strongly - this beer might age well. (2005)