NBird (626) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks.. Black motor oil, no head.
Smells..smokey & woody, sweet maple, whisky, burnt caramel/sugars.
Tastes.. No carbo, smokey liquorice, blackened ground coffee and cocoa, rich, dark chocolate, sweet fortified wine and whisky, bitter and burnt choc. Fucking amazing with a couple of years on it.
77ships (7440) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Joined review for Peated & Islay versions). 375 ml. bottle sampled @ Yarric’s house warming. Thank you! Tried this one after 5 vintages of the regular one & next to 4 other BA versions. The base beer is a very crude best even when good, hugely bitter & alcoholic, raw, age does slightly mellow it out. Some vintages were odd & lightly sour, qualities does vary. The BA version with sweet barrels really worked well, they added a necessary sweetness to the beer, this beer can take a lot of barrel. The peated versions on the other hand really do not work for me. Peated version add supper raw medicinal peat it, zero balance, just harsh brutality. It really takes the worst potential roast, the peat carries unpleasant industrial raw medicinal qualities. Brutal in the worst fashion. Islay one is even worse adding a strange sourness which we also found in the 2009 Vintage of the regular (very heavily). I can see how the Peated one can appeal to some people but I fail to see appeal in the Islay version which felt just flawed. Peated one is BBF 15.01.19 & Islay one is BBF27.02.20. I think that 10 years need to be subtracted in order to get the bottling date looking at the other bottles & information that they were bought about 5 years go. Both version look absolutely flat which the others didn’t except for the flawed 2009 Vintage of the regular one (or possibly ravaged by age). Flat motor-oil with no head. Peated one smell like massive harsh umami in a bad way with massive medicinal peat, almost something industrial. Brutal. Taste is same harsh unpleasant overly medicinal seemingly industrial peat, scorched earth, zero complexity, rad bitter roast & bitter unpleasant medicines, massively boozy & pretty much flat. Meh. Isaly version smells even more industrial & peated, even more horrible peat with mild sourness. Taste is rotting sour berries & horribly heavy medicinal & industrial peat, cigarette butts, pretty much flat. Awful. Peated: 2.9/5 & Islay 1.9/5.
MPA (919) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 6, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, sampled February 6, 2016. Pitch black with beige head. Aroma of alcohol, vanilla, wood and smoke. Flavour is sweet with wooden notes. Quite vinouswith tobacco. Roasted malt as well. Nice.
ClubGonzo (5359) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a pitch black body with virtually no head. Aroma is smoke, peat, alcohol, tar, charcoal, dark malts, syrup and hints of heather herbs and deep sugar tones. Taste is syrup, charcoal, peat, syrup, brown sugar, smoke, peat and hints of caramel and grains. Full, oily body, soft to medium carbonation. Pretty decent compared to the other versions but not really that impressive despite the barrel, which definitely provides direction to this otherwise rather undrinkable beer.
ej (1225) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with BBGTC. Pours black with a bubbly dark tanned head. Aroma is peat, roasted grains and sweet. Taste is peated with malts and wood. Notes of leather, ash and alcohol. Body feels too thin for the high abv and it is very softly carbonated.
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Rich, smoky, peaty, some chocolate, smoke is light and blends nicely, fantastic beer.
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, BB 7/15/19. Poured deep brown (not quite black) with just a bigger-bubbled ring for head. The aroma was on the heavy side with peated malts, licorice, and soy leading.. some vanilla and peppery alcohol too.. it relied heavily on the whiskey, and I really enjoyed said whiskey character. The flavor found mostly soy at the core, with veins of licorice and burnt black malts through it.. the whiskey gave smokey character around the edges, but seemed to be a shadow of the nose.. peppery alcohol rose as the drink progressed, and burned the tongue a little after the finish. Heavy-bodied and boozy, but surprisingly thin at times on the palate.. this wasn’t entirely focused, but it had a lot of very good elements.
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - APR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
37.5 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with no head. Aroma and flavour are peat, liquorice, whiskey, chocolate, pepper, and vanilla - with a bitter finish.
Camons (9827) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Maxi. Pours black with a fading light brown head, leaving some lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, peat, oak, salty notes, licorice, wood, some booze. Flavor is malts, bitter licorice, tar, smoke, peat, whisky, wood, light smoke meat, booze. Medium to full body, flat carbonation, warming alcoholic finish. 110414
Habanero (3901) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours pitch blakh with a small, lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, peat and whiskey. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with alcohol and bitter notes. Full bodied, oily to syrupy texture and flat carb. An excellent impy.