Steasy66 (883) - 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 (6266) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. Murky orange pour with minimal head and lots of sediment. Big peat and whiskey aroma and taste. Sweet caramel. Very nice!
DuffMan (6743) - 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 (652) - 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 (1953) - 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 (2049) - 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 (635) - 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...
Rando7 (736) - 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 (104) - 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 (1083) - 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.