KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with plenty of peated malt, smoke, burned malt, dark chocolate and espresso notes. Flavour was quite intense with burned malt, dark chocolate, espresso, peated malt, smoke, whiskey, vanilla and woody notes. Finished sweet with plenty of smoke. Lovely.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks to hobbersr for the share. Pours viscous, inky, impenetrable black; thin tan head that reduces to a persistent ring. Spotty lacing. Nose is similar to the standard Weasel, big and coffeeish and lifted, but this has a "yellow cat that rubs its back along the window panes", a lurking peat-smokiness that is in no way out of place, as I find it to be in some of the Brewdog offerings, but instead feels, natural, well-integrated, and seamless. Notes of restrained peat smoke, coffee, old wood, sea spray, fudge, roast. Flavors are much smokier than suggested by the nose, with a rolling sausagey smokiness that seems reminiscent of Bowmore; mild iodne, abrasive, flinty peat; kept in check by the huge mocha sweetness and backbone of alcohol. A Treasure!
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, huge thanks to sebletitje and Travlr for sharing. Poured black with a creamy, dark, brown head. Nose is dominated by peat smokiness but lesser notes of whisky, ash, and chocolate are also present. Mostly full body with an oily mouth feel and mild carbonation. Flavor is whisky and peat smoke, very earthy and boozy, some coffee and chocolate notes to shine through but I found them subtle at best. I find the Islay barrel a bit too overpowering.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of joergen. Pours pitch black with a dense brown head - really good looking. Aroma of overpowering iodine and tar with a burned ashy backbone. Solid body, ashy burned malts with massive imprints of peaty smoke and a little iodine. Rough burned malty finish. 090410
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rating #500! Pitch black pour with a frothy tan head that quickly diminishes to surface cover. Complex aroma is constantly changing so that different elements become dominant and are then obscured by others; has notes of coffee, dark chocolate, malty caramel, iodine, peat smoke, wood and dark fruit. Flavour has with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt up front with the peat, alcohol and wood notes quickly coming after. Oily, slick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a long smoky, bitter finish that contains a bit of alcohol warmth. A very good stout, the Islay whisky characters are well integrated although they are on the strong side. Very well made nonetheless.
Travlr (15061) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Alvinne, gifted to sebletitje, a.k.a. SeaBass, shared with Ibrew2or3, Hopshunter and HonusWagner. Dark brown, beige head, not much lacing. Whisky is apparent in the aroma, and the middle of the taste. Lots of chocolate, burnt espresso, wood. Slightly too long in the barrel, tasty enough, but not an improvement on the original.
Ibrew2or3 (7358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Travlr. It pours deep darkness with assertive mocha head. The aroma is full of roast as well as lesser amounts of plastic, burnt malts and then general peaty – smokiness. The aroma also has some chocolate and peat and dark roastiness at the end of the draw. The taste is sweet with tasty chocolate, peat, malts and thick roastiness and then moving into notes of rauch and burnt malts and smoky smoldering burnt plastic. It then picks up some mild pleasing earthiness and caramel. Overall very enjoyable beer.
HonusWagner (1694) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big, bold, and incredibly enough, drinkable for me. As someone who usually prefers the normal versions of Imperial Stouts to their BA counterparts, I was definitely nervous about this one. Never having had the original, I was worried that I would be turned off by the scotch flavors. The pour is a dark black with thin, dissipating head. Nose is a lot of rich coffee, some smokiness, and a load of peat. The taste is loaded with these same flavors, the coffee notes cutting wonderfully against a strong peat note that nevertheless doesn’t offer alcoholic heat. I think the barrels offered a wonderful flavor to this beer without it tasting completely like a scotch; you could still detect the coffee notes and some chocolate malt flavors. I was very impressed by this beer.
Graciously provided (I think) by Travlr.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at de bierkoning in Amsterdam. The most expensive beer I have ever purchased. But two of my favorite things put together... Why not? Pours a pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma is chocolaty, licoricey, with some smoke, peat, sausage, and ash on the nose. The flavor is very dry. Ash, smoke, game meat (deer specifically), smoked paprika, licorice, oak, coffee, barbecue sauce, dark fruit, brown sugar, and a beautiful rolling bitterness. Bowmore cask? The barbecue sauce,/sausage reminds me of a good Bowmore. Heavy mouth feel. Very, very good and totally worth the 20 euro and hassle at customs.
ogivlado (6167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 500ml. -from bierkompass.de; Birthday gift from my girlfriend.
Batch No. 415. Deep black coloured, medium sized dark brown head, coffee alcoholic nose. Roasted malt, lots of coffee and bitter chocolate with notes of smoke and tar. Alcohol well hidden, some licorice. Long bitter finish and aftertaste.