flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear apricot color with a medium white head. Smokey caramel, malt and sugar aroma. Strong smoke, leather and beef jerkey flavors dominate, with some sweet caramel, malt, raisin and alcohol. Not my favorite version.
doublebock (523) - 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
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong peat like whiskey aroma. Clear amber colour with great head. Smokey peat flavour, heat throughout very scotchy. Heavy body with light to med carbonation
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mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a medium golden color with some orange highlights. Nice color but a bit of sediment even though I poured carefully. Big time smoke/peat in the aroma. Very sweet taste, like apples and pears. Goes down easily for almost 12% but a bit thick. Lighter than many barley wines that I have had. Need another, or a few, to age and try later.
cmc619 (499) - 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.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 sampled 2005: A bit more balanced than the port. Lots of caramel and brown sugar with the predictably high alcohol nose. Smokey from the first sip to the finish with a fair amounts of peat, scotch, wood, brown sugar, Very smooth mouth feel with a bit of alcohol burn.
barn0216 (485) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy hazelnut brown, some floaties from the bottle, zero foam or lacing. Not very pleasant to look at to be honest. Aroma is much better - rich fig, almond, vanilla, molasses, mixed with peatiness and alcohol from the lagavulin. A bit heavy but interesting. Flavor is somewhat sweet, similar notes as the aroma, but with the sharp smokiness of the lagavulin featured more prominently. This is a sipper, certainly not something i would drink regularly, but it is unique and interesting in its own right.
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. I popped the top on this beauty and got a whiff that made me think more of Scotland than Manchester. Peat, heather, and whiskey. The palate...ah, the palate. A soft, sweet whiskey smoothness mingling with smoky hard wood flavors, with toffee malts and an inspired alcohol warmth coming in at the finish. Don’t pass this by when you see it on the shelf!
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. Pours an orange/brown with thin tan head. Nose has rising dough, peaty whiskey. Flavor is sweet, thick malts, backed by more of the whiskey notes. Palate is thick and chewy. Nicely done.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious! It tasted like I was drinking smooth syrupy whisky. Very sweet in flavor as well.