Cunningham (3912) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colour with a small beige head that leaves some lacing. Rich peat, whiskey and roasted malt aroma. Full body and slightly sweet. Wow this was not for the faint hearted. Lovely "sipper". You do not really need food. It is enough with this one. Rich dark malt, peat, whiskey and coffe flavour. Warming and well hidden alcohol. Smooth carbonation.
[Bottle from a trade with Yngwie]
rarbring (1028) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: The smell is wet salt wood, peat, smoke and ashes. Reminds me of a sunny tared bridge on the west coast.
Appearance: The brew is clear but very dark brown, almost black, a small tan head that leaves some lacing and has very good curtains.
Taste: the taste starts sweet, dark syrup on dark sweet bread, ashes sprinkled with salt water and sea weed. Coffee, concrete and a smooth bitter finish perfects the experience.
Palate: Low carbonation, smooth oily and sticky, a warm fuzzy feeling with a hint of dryness.
Overall: A really fantastic near-Islay experience. Best brunch ever!
Note: Bottle shared at Bishops Arms Vasagatan. Reviewed 2011-11-23.
fletchfighters (998) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-- Poured an oily black, just a few tints of red at the top of the head. Quick fading one finger, light brown head. Mostly a decent looking light brown collar. Dark oily substance left in glass after drinking beer.
S-- Alcohol is very tempered in this. Lots of Islay scotch, wood, chocolate, smoked bacon, iodine and salt water. Really good nose.
T-- Scorched chocolate, to varying degrees of scorching as well as chocolate. Got dark chocolate mostly. Was actually quite good. Lots of barrel notes. Roasted seaweed, iodine, saltwater, peat, wood, and roasted malts that were lightly scorched.
M-- Full, luscious, rich, thick and and just plain good. Well balanced between the barrel and the beer
O-- Really no oatmeal to speak of and the base beer was lost in a way as the Islay really dominated. What it left though was just plain good. Barrel took the beer to another level and the base beer is pretty darned good. To taste seaweed, iodine, and salt water was quite cool. Well balanced beer. Just not a good looking appearance. Otherwise an excellent beer
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Mikkeller Bar. Deep black appearance with a slight, creamy dark brown head. Very nice peaty smoky, dark chocolate, very light coffee, right swampy aroma. Delicious Islay/peaty scotch, rich dark chocolate, very roasty flavor. Very smooth but unfortunately, the coffee is mostly though not completely gone.
Svesse (5821) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, purchased at Ölbutikken, Copenhagen, June 2010) Pitch black colour with dense, brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of liquorice, peat smoke, oak wood, strong black coffee and hints of ashes. Malty, roasted taste with strong black coffee, Islay whisky, oak wood, peat, tar and liquorice. Dark chocolate and cocoa in the background. Solid roasty coffee bitterness in the finish. Full body, with almost oily mouthfeel. Quite sweet. Warming alcohol comes through in the finish. Very powerful beer, shy is not really the word for it. Lovely beer!
gEUS (873) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas - Pours pitch black with a dark brown head with grey hints. Aroma is very peat peat peat, with dark chocolate undertone. Huge body with edhy flavours of wood, whiskey and coffee. Nice!
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL bottle, best by 3/9/12. Poured very near black with a rich, dark tan head.. looked awesome in the glass! The aroma picked up bright smoky peat and dank earthy notes over semi-sweet, ultrasmooth coffee, some molasses, and a touch of honey.. a touch medicinal, which knocked it down a notch.. hid the boozage well. The flavor found burnt coffee and black patent malts at the core.. lots of pungent medicinal smoke laced throughout.. tasty coffee was overshadowed by the not-so-smooth smoked malts on the back-end.. long, bitter, smoky finish. Medium-plus bodied, very bright, and very smoky on the palate.. the Islay really got in the way of some delicious subtleties of the base beer.. alright overall, but I prefer the original.
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
During Mikkel’s and Thomass’ visit in Athens, Oct 2009.Pitch black with a lovely dark brown head. A little carbonation is present.Roasted and smoked aromas, choclate, lots of coffee, a touch of wood. Roasted malt taste, again lots of coffee and chocolate, some tar, whisky is very subtle. Loved it.
LoFi (1516) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a light brown ring.
Aroma: very peaty, some smoke, salami/medwurst. This overpowers the coffee and chocolate a bit.
Taste: great peatiness, salami, chocolate, coffee.
Wow, this is heavy stuff, but enjoyable.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2013
2013-11-11, bottle, batch 415, brewed 090309, bb 090312, 4½ years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Pitch black color with medium sized head, reducing quickly. The aroma presents strong iodine character, followed in strength by the peat, and eventually by the roasted malt. Smooth mouthfeel, lean, thinning after a few years of age; dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor, with light residual sweetness; the liquorice touch is too strong; some peat and iodine; correct bitterness level; pleasant alcohol warmth, but well controlled.
Very good, but it won’t improve further.
2010-04-10, tasting at Papsø’s, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Black color; it pours quite oily. Very nice aroma, whiskey, peaty, with chocolate and light coffee. The mouthfeel is quite oily, the flavor is strong chocolate first of all, with pleasant peaty/whiskey touch, some roasted malt, and light liquorice (I would be happy even without it). Very good, a bit chaotic but with many sides to be enjoyed.