Hair6a11 (1260) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Bottle; Pour is slightly murky golden amber with a very modest off white head in this head. Retention is poor, with nearly no head to speak of. The nose is peat, booze, smoke, and caramel. The flavor profile is interesting for sure ; it has a heavy barrel treatment with peat, booze, whiskey, vanilla, earthiness, and some barley wine character comes through with the caramel, biscuits, and toffee. This is a nice beer and quite enjoyable if you’re a fan of smokiness.
magsinva (844) - Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from hops & vines Asheville - 2007 vintage - While I appreciate the complexity that aging on oak whiskey barrels has added, I just didn’t love this beer. I like the vanilla and the smokiness from the whiskey, it just felt passed its prime. I think if I had it in 2010-11 I would have enjoyed it more.
Lubiere (9328) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden ale with a thin ring white head. In aroma, loads of peaty scotch and alcohol, a tad unbalanced. In mouth, loads of candy sugar, plums, peaty whiskey barrel, vanilla beans, interesting if a bit cloying, alcohol burn. On tap at Sunset Grill, July 15, 2012.
crossovert (6143) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2012
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Nice smoky smell, big peatiness and almost burnt rubber. The flavor is smoky but also vegetal with a sweet pea flavor.
doublebock (489) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured on draft. Auburn light brown color with no head or carbonation. Aroma of smoked peat and caramel. The flavor should definitely appeals to peat monsters out there but if you not a fan of smoky single malt then may not be your cup of tea. Very smooth with butterscotch and well masked alcohol layer
Huhzubendah (2231) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Pete! review from notes.
Lagavulin is possibly my favorite single malt scotch, so I’m looking forward to trying a nice vintage bottle of this brew. There is virtually no head or lace on this hazy brown beer. Aromas consist of sweet malt, cherries, apple brandy, and alcohol. The scotch barrel really comes through nicely. Some time in the cellar served this beer very well. I had a very young bottle of this once, and didn’t care for it much, as the alcohol presence was overbearing. This beer drinks very smoothly, as I’m sure the aging process mellowed this beast out a bit. This was a tasty beer, and good for sharing several ways. An ounce or two was plenty. I recommend trying this beer, but only after it has spent some years in the cellar.
ration (1887) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear copper with a small head. Aroma oak whisky, peat. Like a bland whisky. Strange. Not Bad.
laiti (4804) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Belmont Station. Rated on 11.07.2012
Aroma is surprisingly light with smoke and hints of plastic. Feels like the waiting room for dentist.
Flavour is strong and slightly sweet on lagavulin with smoke and some peat. Also some ripe fruits on the background. Too sweet and too strong on lagavulin.
olio (5131) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught @ Belmont station, Portland.
Pours clear copper color with minimal head. Aroma of
strong whiskey, wood, vanilla and toffee. Flavor of
peat, toffee, vanilla and sugar. A bit too
dominating whiskey flavor.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a cloudy brown-orange with a bit of bubbly white head. The head fades down quickly leaving behind only a touch of lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of oak and whisky with lots of caramelized malts, other dark caramel malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, some peat and smoke, a bit of citrus fruit, and some booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of peat and oak with some sweet caramelized malts, raisins, other dark fruits, and some light citrus hops. Through the middle, some smoke and more oak comes through with some more caramel malts and some molasses. The finish is a mix of rich caramelized and caramel malts with some dark fruit, peat, oak, smoke, brown sugar, and booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming, sweet, and lightly smoky finish.
D - Very drinkable. The whisky blends really nicely with the rich bold barleywine base. Nicely complex.