TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown with a beige head. Smells like chocolate, scotch, and toffee. Peat is very apparent along with dark, roasted cocoa and vanilla. Finishes dry, complementing the roasted flavors and peat.
The peat from the Bruichladdich barrels is almost overpowering on the first couple sips, but as your palate adjusts you notice how well it melds with the rest of the beer. Cellerable.
fishonmyplane (443) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light smoke, rich malty sweetness with chocolaty, roasty, stout-like flavors. Medium bodied but sticky and lingering, with some toffee and caramel in the finish. I often find Baltic porters to be harsh on the palate, but here the craftsmanship and oak-aging has produced a very smooth & drinkable brew. A great beer that improves as it warms to room temperature.
mike_77 (3129) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red-brown colour. Aroma of sticking plasters, wood and a hint of whiskey. Flavour has a vinous, fruity tartness and also some wood.
caesar (5131) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled @ de Molen tasting, small sample. Dark color, short head. Aroma of huge peat, tar, medicine, iodine, bit roasted malts. Medium bitter with a sour twist most likely from the peated whisky. Bit thin in taste. I’m not a fan of peated stuff and this one is a bit too one-dimensional in the peat. Not my beer.
jmgreenuk (4364) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the March 2014 De Molen monthly tasting. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin broken light tan head. The aroma is medicinal, band aid, peat, alcohol. The flavour is medium bitter light sour with a rich fruit liqourice malt palate Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Quite a shock initially, but it rapidly grew on me. I’d love to drink more and hopefully I will.
dEnk (3806) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handwritten Bottle pre labeling from the brewer. Thanks Meantime brewer and PP @ 2nd Tuesday tasting. Aroma is huge huge iodine, peat, smoke, chocolate, roast etc. Flavour is huge smokey, iodine, sourish roast notes, caramel etc. You’ve gotta like smokey iodine but if you do it great. Could have a bit more body to back up the huge flavours.
deanso (5266) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting.
thin white head. Clear deep amber pour. Peaty aroma and peaty taste.
Vaiz (3350) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at monthly 2nd Tuesday tasting at De Molen, hosted by dEnk. Brown pour. Aroma has loads of peat, iodine and... Hospital. Flavor is quite spicy, slightly sour, Islay whisky and a hint of sweetness in the finish. Thin body.
maeib (8726) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 25/12/13. A black beer with a whitish head and lace. Islay smokiness in the nose but it’s quite thin. Good smoke and burnt roasty malts in the mouth. Doesn’t drink its strength. The Islay works nicely for me. Wouldn’t have thought this was in the barrel for two years.
ABUSEDGOAT (2394) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate, caramel, light light barrel. Seriously I wouldn’t have guessed this was barrel aged. Medium to full body, somewhat bitter roasted finish. Pretty nice.
koleminer20 (602) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Part of a tasting 11/24/2013 at Fraser’s Pub in Ann Arbor. The pour is a nice dark brown/black with a thin filmy head and no lace. The aroma is very heavy on the vanilla and a bit of bourbon with a nice smokey characteristic to it. The flavor is immediately bourbon heavy with coffee and chocolate taking the back seat. The flavor fizzles out quickly to a soft chocolatey finish