Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 bottle. Muddy looking, flat, light chestnut. Sweet brown sugar nose but a little oxidized with peat smoke accents. Burly peat up front, then rich brown sugary decadence. Finishes peaty, sweet, alcoholic and a little woody. Lots of fun, but not much nuance. The two characters are not as cohesive as I’d like them to be.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2003 bottle) Sparkling clear amber topped by medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, butterscotch, some whisky, light oak. Taste is quite sweet, butterscotch, some peat/smoke. The finish is the highlight, with its light smoky alcohol burn. Syrupy full body. Clearly a sipping beer, but a bit too sweet for my taste.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012
Date: August 31, 2012
Source: The Thirsty Monk, Asheville
Appearance: opaque rusty orange, scant white head
Aroma: sweet smokey aroma, caramel sweetness with a balancing peaty smoke
Flavor: huge peaty smokey scotch flavor, backing caramel sweetness, light fruityness
Overall: only peat could stand up to a young JW Lee’s
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: **** /4
Date: June 14, 2008
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: muddy burnt orange, headless
Aroma: big smokey dark caramel and rum raison aroma, charred wood
Body: still body
Flavor: sweet dark caramel flavor, nice vanilla sweetness, smoked wood character adds bitterness as the scotch comes in, lots of alcohol gives warmth without distraction
Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 18/20
Score: **** /4
Date: November 24, 2006
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Appearance: muddy brown, scant beige head
Aroma: smokey charred wood aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor with tons of smokey charred wood character, rich fruit, light bitterness from the charred wood, the sweet fruity finally fights through to balance with the charred character
Overall: the most flavorful and unique of the casked versions
Date: May 09, 2008
Source: cellar stock
Score: 3.4 to 4.1
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, scant beige head, glossy surface
Aroma: sweet oak and vanilla aroma, brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits, nice smokey whisky character, touch of chocolate, light alcohol
Body: big body
Flavor: rich sweet caramel flavor, lots of brown sugar sweetness brings out a big deep dark fruity character, nice chocolate, well balanced whiskey
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Christian (10759) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Strong aroma of peat smoke with a meaty smoke touch, malt and alcohol. sweet, very smoked, malty flavour with plenty alcohol. A bit sugary.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber with tiny beige head. Sweet and vinious aroma with wood, smoke and whiskey notes. Sweet flavor with notes of plums, peat, smoke, wood, caramel and whiskEy.
bhensonb (10215) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle brewed in 2005. Brilliant copper color with lots of tiny bubbles. No discernible head. Aroma is sweet malt affected by significant smoke. Medium body with very mild carbonation. Flavor is sweet, smoky, and arguably a tinge woody. There’s a lot going on. Smoke. Wood. Rubber? Sugar. Caramel. Toffee. Where does it end? Should be a sipper, but it goes down incredibly well. Finish definitely develops smoke. Just really good. Not dry in the finish, but the sweetness is tolerable.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with GT2 and nuplastikk, thanks for drinking with me gentlemen. Clear and flat golden color (I got the first pour!). Aroma of dilute Lagavulin (no kidding). Taste is sweet syrupy caramel attenuated by the whisky. Nice enough.
Tmoney99 (9992) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2006 from River’s
Bend. Poured cloudy brown with medium fizzy head that diminished quickly with fair lacing. Complex aroma of sweet woody malt and alcohol. Full body with thick texture. Complex flavor of bittersweet earthy fruit flavor with medium sweet woody finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex woody bourbon brew.
brokensail (9855) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Oakquinox 2013. Hazy orange pour with a white head. Extremely scotch forward. Very heavy on the peat and smoke. Some wood, sweet brown sugar, bread, and hints of fruit. Lots of apple, as well. There’s a strong peat flavor to the beer, too. Scotch, oak, apple, and lots of sugar. Smoke, a bit of bread and toast, and a nearly cloying finish.
bierkoning (9758) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 bottle from Lithy, thanks! Orange color, hazy. malty, peaty aroma with pineapple. Initial malty sugary sweetness challenged by oak and peat. Tangerine, pineapple. Ash and peat in the aftertaste. Very interesting beer, but the balance is gone.