sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, smoke, whiskey and coffee. Flavour is roasted malt, smoke and whiskey.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Batch #415. Another rarity courtesy CheeseMan. Well, all I can say is that if you don’t like peaty scotch, stay the hell away from this beer. The pour yields a big, thick, virtually black body with a gaunt, swirly, dark brown film at the head. Dense sheeting briefly stains the glass after each sip, but no lacing remains behind. The aroma is based in dark chocolate, but that’s not the star of the show. A huge, smoky, peaty overtone takes that honor. Notes of charred barrel, iodine, briny sea air, and moss all play integral roles, proving surprisingly enticing with the underlying, earthy coffee roast. I could sniff this stuff for hours and never get tired of it. Flavors of anise and licorice join the slightly salty, briny, smoky peat notes in enhancing the choco-coffee notes. The balance between sweet caramel and bittering, earthy roast is spot-on. This stuff is simply delicious. Slightly bigger in stature than medium bodied, the palate shows slick and appropriately low on carbonation, with a slightly drying, lengthy Islay finish. Excellent beer. I was skeptical about how the scotch barrel treatment would work with the coffee, but I was proven wrong.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy Cheeseman. Black pour, thin dark tan head. Strong iodine, peat, and roast on the nose. Taste is peat and slight alcohol with a heavy char finish. Excellent.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Home. Aroma of peat with some chocolate and coffee. Ebony coloured, clear, brown head, fair lace. Sweet, light sourish, light bitter start but very bitter finish. Loads of peat, chocolate, coffee, licorice. Medium body. Nice but not exceptional.
gam (3457) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong head tan in colour pitch black stout in colour carbonation good good retention aroma whiskey caramel coffee vanilla flavour coffee whiskey decent bitter civet cat has done well caramel sweetness vanilla whiskey a little strong but okay pine a resin touch the stout had a superb look when poured finish malt sweetness decent lasting bitter whiskey touch nice imp stout
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2015 33cl, exclusive Danish brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex Stout, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!
thewolf (11314) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Pours completely black with a big, staying, creamy, yellow-beige head. Aroma has smoke, tar, oak, caramel, peit. Low carbonation, fin dry and lightly creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of smoke and whiskey notes, roasted malts, chocolate and light coffee. The wonderful base beer is completely destroyed by the Islay.
BelgiskOlklub (944) - Viby J, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large creamy dark lasting head with good lacing. Looks good. Heavy aroma of coffee, smoke, tar and licorice. Heavy alcohol but still balanced. Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation and a bitter dry finish. Long lasting taste that’s heavy sweet and moderate bitter.
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Obviously the packaging means nothing to the quality of the beer inside, but damn, this is one fine looking bottle with the capsule covered in off white wax. Completely black with a fine espresso coloured head that is very impressive and lasting for a beer with this alcohol content.
The aroma is packed with Islay whisky notes of tar, Lapsang Souchon tea, seawater and peat smoke. Combine this with classic stout notes of coffee, chocolate and liqourice and add a generous amount of hops and you’re there! Big and surprisingly velvety on the palate. This beer does contain noticeable amounts of residual sugar, but for once this doesn’t make the beer cloying but instead gives it incredible balance vis a vis the bitterness from the hops and the acidity from the roasted malts and the coffee. An outstanding beer that I may re-rate at a later stage and I wouldn’t be surprised if it scores even higher then.
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poursa black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty smoky islay aroma with hints of chocolate. Roasted malty chocolate and smoky flavor with some hints of licorice. Has a roasted malty bitter chocolate finish with a smoky aftertaste.