yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
gavulin cask bottling, vintage 2004. Tasted July 2006.
Pours a slightly hazy amber orange. Minimal head that dissipated quickly.
Nose is very lambic like with wild fruity aromas. Almost raspberryish.
On the palate I find the distinctive smoky/peatyness that is no doubt from the Islay malt casks, however they do not define the beer exclusively. There’s a pleasant maple syrup sweetness and thickness of body that is noticed at the same time. Late palate into the finish is very malty sweet, some honey as well, with some tartness/bitterness that balances well.
For me this is a dessert beer and unfortunately it’s my first pour of the evening. When the lambic mood strikes, reach for a curious alternative.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
’06 Vintage: Bronze pour with no head whatsoever. Massive woodsy aroma with notes of honey, malt and a bit of whiskey soaked candy. Over-the-top whiskey-wood taste that overpowers anything else. Very dry finish with a subtle honey malt essence. Didn’t enjoy this one as much as the Calvados.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed in 2004. Consumed 2009.
A: pours a dark, rich mahogany with some wonderful ruby notes. very faint khaki colored head, really faint. practically no head retention. subtle ringlike lacing.
S: huge aromas of whiskey..shocker. wonderful english barleywine aromas, tons of apples, solid spices, yet indescribable. good hop characteristic, subtle, but providing some nice orange aromas.
T: big time whiskey flavors off the bat. i am getting a lot of artificial grape flavors, like grape soda. really sweet malts. moderate hop essence. nice chocolate notes. tons of caramel.
M: its confusing. Full bodied, yet thin bodied. very nice beer and ages well. a little flat, but 5 years would do that. very smooth, slightly creamy.
EKGoldings (634) - Radford, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Purchased on recommendation: 2005 consumed 10/2011. Huge, massive beer that is stunningly complex and incredibly sweet. Dominated by sweet malt and peaty smoke but without the iodine I expect from Islay, hops are decidedly in the background. As others point out, really a sipping beer that would do well in a brandy snifter.
CpyNPrnT (616) - Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of barbeque, taste is lays barbeque potato chips, some alcohol. Did not expect that. bottle 2012
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a thin white head that fades. Aroma is of dough, alcohol, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is of heavy smoke and leather with a sweet honey-biscuit maltyness. The smoke and leather calm down a bit as the beer warms. I really did not like this one much at all until the beer hit room tempature when the malt backing becomes noticable enough to balance the smoke making a pretty interesting beer. If I was more of a whiskey lover I think I would like this one a lot.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a super cloudy burnt amber orangish. I can smell it as I am typing, so nice. Lots of creamy sweet malt, caramel, toffee, light smoky peatiness, and a very light brown sugar. Very thick mouthfeel with a good dose of ripe fruits, caramel, smoky toffee peatiness, brown sugar, and a light piny floral hoppiness. The alcohol warms the finish very nicely, and it lingers with that light peaty smokiness.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at blue monk. Pours a hazy orange with little to no head. Smells heavy on peat,berries, fruit. A little sour? Tastes smooth. Sweet, smokey peaty, sweet. Very sweet. Interesting idea. I love lagavulin, but it should probably stay away from beer. Beef jerky beer. Good idea, poor execution
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another amazing barley wine. The color is a nice golden cider like brown no head though. The aroma is also great and fulfilling with some hints of earth hops and a sweet caramel malt. You can also really smell that whiskey. I was really pleased with the flavor it is sweet and the booze is well hidden for 11.5%. Also i like the smooth creamy caramel with that nice hop bitterness followed by that whiskey woodyness. I like how the flavor is very complex and it all explodes in your mouth.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The 275ml bottle poured a hazy reddish orange colored beverage with a thin off-white fizzy head that was completely gone in 2 minutes and left no lacing. This is no doubt due to the high alcohol content. The aroma was typical of the style with great cloying sweet notes of port wine or sherry. Lurking at the edge of perception was a hint of oak and smoked peat as well. The body was quite full with almost no carbonation and an oily, smooth texture. The flavor starts out very sweet and stays that way through to the end of the long finish. There is significant but smooth alcohol warmth in the chest. This one is best consumed around a warm fire on a cold blustery evening.