brokensail (9213) - 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. Thereís 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.
Lubiere (9088) - 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.
BeerandBlues2 (8557) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz bottle purchased from Coaltrain Wine and Liquor. Pours hazy and muddy mahagony with spare off-white head, completely diminishing with no lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie), light hops (flowers), average yeast (raw leather) with notes of port, apple, pear and cola. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation and a creamy finish. Heavy sweetness, light acidity and bitterness; creamy roasted caramel malt and whiskey flavor. A touch too sweet.
Ratman197 (8525) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2004 vintage poured a hazy copper with a small but lasting amber head. Aromas of bacon bits,sweet fruit, and a bit of toffee. Palate was heavy and oily. Flavors of bacon bits,oak, molasses, and butter with a sweet warming finish.
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sparkling clear amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Ink-blot lacework. Malty, earthy nose with notes of oak, smoke, whiskey, honey and butterscotch. The flavor is very malty, but decently balanced with shots of caramel, whiskey, wood and smoke. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, full, sweet finish.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 & 2004 Vintages tasted side x side thanks to egajdzis. These were 2 completely different beers! The aromas of the 2003 where softer and consisted of lots of peat, earhtiness, lighter vanilla, wood, and nutty. The 2004 aromas consisted of smoke, whiskey/bourbon, and some vanilla. The tastes of the 2004 had lots more vanilla and whiskey in it vs. the 2003. 2004 was way more sweet too.
maeib (8077) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled - St Albans BF - Again huge thanks to Duff for this offering which although brewed here is not for us Britishers as probably we cannot take the extremity (now where have I heard that before?). A mid brwon coloured beer with hops and big thick buttery alcohol in the aroma. The taste is wonderfully malty and alcolholic. Very sweet and strong. Didnít get any whiskey notes at all, but I did think it was smoother than the regular harvest ale. Very, very nice.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on gravity cask at Spuytin Duyvil. Deep dark garnet colour, completely still. Aroma is intensely oaky and smokey with more whisky character than Iíve ever tasted in any barrel-aged beer. Smells very alcoholic, but the flavour is sweet and soft. Caramel malt, honeyed sweetness and loads of sweet peaty and heathery character. Rich caramel butter sauce, demerara sugar and smokiness. Retronasally, there is still more smokiness, but this is cut short by a vineous sweetness. Itís a tasty brew, but it tends to get treacly sweet, even in this 4 oz sample.
daknole (8014) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. I can taste the Lagavulin for sure. This is a sweet after dinner sipper without a doubt. If you are looking for carbonation or hops...move along...nothing to see here. A very unique beer for sure.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beverage of certain extremes. A so-so barleywine taste boosted by clear scotch whiskey and wood flavoring, an interest cloudy pour. An aroma that is at the same time beer as it is whiskey. A not so satisfying drinking experience yet smooth. Not a perfect show: Forget it, Jake, itís Chinatown.