jonno (2014) - JAPAN - JUN 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely stuff. 2008 bottle. The whisky pairs much better with this than the overly sweet (but still lovely) calvados version. Not as peaty, as I was expecting, this had a smooth, ever so slightly smoky zeal to it. Lots of big apricot, cherries, thick bready dough, sweet toffee. Thick though not intense body. Very smooth. Just exactly how I want a BW to be.
jmm635 (806) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask poured during Philly Beer Week. Muddy brown color with a thin head. Complex aroma. Slightly hoppy and sweet with obvious barrel aged qualities. Even more pronounced in the flavor. Smooth whiskey taste that quickly becomes charred and smokey. Thick and heavy on the palate. I can see this is a well made beer but I’ve never been a fan of smokey beers.
NikkTwist (1254) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2013 Draft from a firkin in 2011 at Eulogy. Big peaty notes wafting up. The whisky seems to envelope the beer. Complex sweet malty oaky goodness. Thick body. High ABV is muted, but unforgiving. Wonderful. Update: Had two more times (again at Eulogy) in June 2012 then June 2013. Got smoother each time.
cmc619 (353) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 vintage. Shared this bottle, so just tried a few ounces of it. Pour is deep brown with minimal to no head. Some suspended sediment for a few minutes, then this settles out toward the bottom of the glass. Aroma is relatively smokey, and then the flavor is powerfully smoky--reminiscent of barbeque sauce. This is a barrel-aged beer that absolutely delivers on imparting actual barrel notes--you can’t miss the whisky flavor of this beer. Alcohol is pretty hidden even at this strength. A great sipping beer and something completely different. Really enjoyed this one.
madmitch76 (12237) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1st February 2010
Cloudy dark amber beer. Malt and sherry on the nose. Soft and semi dry palate. Sweet and sour malt perfectly balanced with nice sherry notes and then well balanced smoky whisky coming through. Finishes sweet with smoky whisky. Warming finish. Another superbly joined up Barrel Aged beer from JW Lees. But also a big 2 fingers to JW Lees for not making this available in the UK.
sonnycheeba (2543) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Pours hazy amber with average, fizzy white head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is sour fruit, bread malt, grassy hops, woody notes, and grapefruit. Flavor is sweet malt with balancing bitter hops and fruit notes towards the end; some barrel undertones and a dry finish. Medium/full body, low carbonation, and high warmth.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 edition. Shipped to me by my wife on a trip to Portland. +++ Sampled from a 9.3 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium brown color with a trace soapy tan head that faded instantly and left no lacing. The aroma was a lovely mix of toasted caramel, toffee, golden raisins, hints of pineapple, honey and nut and followed by more toffee. The flavor was amazingly different from the nose dominated by wood smoke and bacon with undertones of honey and toffee. The finish was long with wood smoke and bacon lingering. Full bodied and syrupy but undercarbonated. Amazing nose but disappointing flavor.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear pale yellow-orange pour with a thin tan head. Sweet aroma with honey and raisin notes. Toasted malt with nutty notes. Very sweet malty flavor. Notes of honey with a bitter moderately hoppy finsih. Smoky whisky in the finish that lingers
Scopey (4691) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle from Perry’s Liquors, Livermore. It pours slightly hazy amber, with a bubbly off-white head. The nose is smoke, alcohol warmth, cinnamon, toffee, caramel, leather and nougat. The taste is tinned nectarine, fig, raisin, caramel, smoked peat, wood, honey, whisky and alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Full body and low-moderate carbonation. Mouth-feel is softer than the more recent vintages. Lagavulin character is obvious! Great stuff.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 vintage. murky tan-chestnut, spotty cream head, large bubbled ring, heavy floaties. Nose is tea and wood, light date and sugar. Very sweet caramel and brown sugar, lightly oaky malt, heavy date throughout. Very pleasant, balanced. Not the regular, but still solid.