Foffern (1678) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Has a black colour with a small light brown head. A real whisky touch on the aroma with barbecue and smoke. A bit sweet flavours of roast, earth, oak, smoke, black currants, port and coffee mocca. Rich and sticky mouthfeel, and a light bitterness. A really nice and joyful beer.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a sampler glass. Pours near black with a thin mocha head. The nose carries some roast and chocolate along with a good amount of peat. By good, I mean pretty strong, not joyful. Flavor is similar. A bit of booze. Can’t really get into this one.
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 375ml (Beer Hunters, vintage 2010, BB 25/02/20)
Pitch black, small brown head. Black malt, rubber, dark bread, not much smoke in the nose. Full-bodied. Very, very sweet. One of the sweetiest beers I’ve had. Black coffee, vanilla, bourbon and dark sugar. Warming alcohol, some Islay smoke. This is so sweet ...
Bov (11965) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from Erzbierschof - black beer with a modest foam left; typical Islay smokeyness with roasted chocolatey notes; tar and licorice; pretty woody; hugely sweet, thick and full-bodied; fairly bitter with notes of nougat and coa in the finish with more smokey woody tones, licorice and a burning alcohol presence
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 04/11/2012. Pours appropriately black, weak head quickly gone. Aroma is licorice, sweet dark chocolate, massively smoked peat, definite boozy kick along with some strange rubber character, its true. Flavor is better, sweet cocoa with cream, dark fruits and smokey whiskey, bitter roast and alcohol finish. Full body, avoids being too thick for its sweetness. Certainly a very strong and intense beer, but perhaps not something I’d go searching out again.
Sammy (11170) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crazy stuff, acquired in trade. A complex mix of sweetish IS, that is cocoa, chocolate malt, brown sugar, cane sugar, with in-your-eyes Smokey peat. This bottle aged for a couple of years, the smoke rejuvenates in the second half of the bottle. Big boozy stuff, you get that mostly in the initial aroma. Black with reddish highlights, a little lace. Above average smooth mouthfeel. This would be amazing closer to the 2020 expiry. I needed help finishing this and my 23-year old, home from higher education, was up to the task.
ComradeK (1101) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle. Pours an opaque and intense black, with a moderate tan head, which lasts well and leaves quite good lace. Smoky Islay scotch is noticeable in the aroma, which also has bitter dark chocolate and some faint wood and coffee notes. Very mild citrus and herbal hops up front are briefly joined by thick, smooth drinking chocolate, before being swamped by dark, luscious imperial stout flavours. The peaty, smoky flavour of Islay whisky is present, along with Turkish and espresso coffee and very bitter, high-cocoa dark chocolate, which, along with the Islay whisky, lingers to create a bitter, slightly peaty and woody finish, complemented by the warmth of 16.5% ABV. This is one of the most serious imperial stouts I have tried. Its highly bitter dark chocolate flavour is a perfect match for Islay whisky, creating a potent, warming and delightful beer. A shining example of the craft of brewing.
nimbleprop (7470) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2012
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
375ml bottle pours an oily, translucent black with no head. Big scotch aroma, soapy, rubber bands. Flavor is nasty, burnt trees, weird candy, plastic, coffee that had been boiled for ten weeks, nail polish remover. Full bodied, gross finish. Yep... horrible.
GRM (3735) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Green bottle, 375 ml, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured March 21 2012; eye: black, opaque, tiny sheet of dark brown head that turns into a tiny ring, slight lacing; nose: malt, lots of caramel, woody, cherry, alcohol, dark chocolate, tobacco, peat, smoke, ash; mouth: malt, lots of caramel, woody, alcohol, light burnt malt, light pleasant acridness, alcohol, alcohol warmth, pepper, dark chocolate, tobacco, peat, ashy, smoke, finale in malt-caramel with presence of burnt malt, full body, below-average carbonation, rather sweet, syrupy texture; overall: intense
Bouteille brune, 341 ml, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 21 mars 2012; œil : noire, opaque, petite couverture de mousse brun foncé qui se transforme en un petit anneau, très légère dentelle; nez : malt, beaucoup de caramel, boisé, cerise, alcool, chocolat noir, tabac, tourbe, fumé, cendré; bouche : malt, beaucoup de caramel, boisé, alcool, léger malt brûlé, légère âcreté plaisante, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, poivre, chocolat noir, tabac, tourbe, cendré, fumé, finale en malt-caramel avec présence de malt brûlé, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, plutôt sucrée, texture sirupeuse; en résumé : intense
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
375ml bottle shared by nimbleprop: Pours an oily viscous opaque with a few stray dark tan bubbles. Has a smoky rubber and peaty nose with some sweet dark caramel malts and a touch of dark fruits. Starts with a rich dark caramel sweetness, but quickly becomes cloying and warming with some bittersweet and smoky notes in the finish. A little over-the-top in terms of sweetness and alcohol, but has some unique flavors.