snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Bottle. Whoa. I love Lagavulin and was excited about trying this. Not disappointed. Pours copper with minimal head and lots of sediment (if I had expected that much, I would have been more careful pouring). After it settled for a while, it was more of a golden amber color. Amazing heavy aroma of Lagavulin, with a honey/molasses/toffee sweetness and some grain. Wow, this tastes good. I’m surprised how well the smoky peat flavors mesh with the sweet malts of the beer. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, and the whiskey shows up in the finish with a warming but not a burn.
soyorganic (304) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a dark copper gold color with sediment. Interesting aroma, almost of smoked citrus if there is such a thing. To me the aroma reminds me of a baseball glove. Taste, very interesting. It has a citrus sweetness to it that gives way to a smoked whiskey taste. I love these Harvest Ale series but prefer the other ones I have had so far.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
deep orange pour with slight off white head. Lagavulin shows through nicely on the nosesomewhat smokey and woody, deep sweetness. Flavor is full sweetness, vanilla, molasses, mild whiskey and wood with the whiskey really shining through toward the end of the sip. Whiskey is really becoming more pronounced as it warms up and it is really nice. I do love lagavulin though. Ends woody and with a nice syrupy coating. While I dont normally enjoy this level of syrupy body, it is really working for me in this case. I can’t stop sipping this. I only think this will get better with age.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
9.3 oz bottle shared with Humulone Red. THe color is golden/orange with a small head. It is very clear. The aroma is LAGAVULIN!! Go figure! I must confess I love this scotch so the rating is affected by this fact. I can live with it though. :-) The flavoris very malty with caramel, pretty sweet and of course, it definitely tasted peaty like Lagavulin. Try some if you can, great stuff.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Portland International Beerfest: Poursa deep orange with a few bubbles but not really a head. Aroma is of tons of carmel malt and alcohol and wood. Flavor is very thick and syrupy, moderately sweet and very carmelly and toffee like, finish is of wood, slight peatyness and spicyness and lots of alcohol. Its full of flavor and coats your mouth, like a thick cognac.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004. ron burgundy would dig this one. man you can taste that whiskey. it has class smoked taste to it, also some caramel, very rich and very sweet. The warmer it gets the better it gets. sip slow embrace this one player.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, 2008 Vintage.
Pour is a deep, dark reddish brown with a bit of a golden reflective hue. No head, no lacing, and little carbonation. The nose is scotch, sweet caramel malt, peat, smoke, burnt brown sugared ham, and wood. The taste is sweet caramel barley malt, burnt brown sugared ham, campfire smoke, peat, smooth rounded wood, and a wonderful amount of islay scotch. This is truly a wonderful aged BW. Very enjoyable. Rebuy yes.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
By far the most complex of the different barrel aged versions of this beer I’ve had. Smoke really cuts and complicates the already sweet and complex flavor of the standard. Tons of charred fruit , tar, huge Islay presence. Crazy. v.2008
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2004 bottle. Nice dark copper color with little head. Aromas of malt, whisky, peat, smoke, wet grass, toffee, butterscotch, alcohol, leather and maple syrup. Flavor was exqusite sweet caramelly malt, island scotch, chocolate, sweet wine, ripe dark fruits, candy corn, butterscotch, toast, and a hint of yeast. No hops to be found, save in the slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel was syrupy thick and velvety smooth. This barleywine is sweet but not cloyingly so. The whisky barrel aging adds a marvelous peaty/smoky character. To me there’s also the sweet alcohol bite of a good bourbon as well. Finally there’s a note of fine cognac -- warm and sweetly fruity -- that makes a great barleywine.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
STRONG whisky color. A little darker than the others. VERY smoky, definate hint of whisky. A friend says it tastes like bacon.