arone12 (907) - Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark black color. Has a very small brown head. Smells of caramel, wood, coffee, and dryness. Tastes very dry with the wood taste very prevalent. Taste of coffee is fairly present as well.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a fizzy light brown head. Aroma and taste of scotch and smoke with the pungent smoke overpowering the more subtle flavors.
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
375ml bottle thanks to chswimmer on BA. Pours black in color with a nice-looking tan head leaving foam on the beer. Not too viscous. Aroma is - oh, for the love of gosh, what the heck is this freaking shoot? Magic marker, white-out, and way overdone earth and peat. Flavor isnít much better. Total peat bomb with vulcanized rubber and dirt. Absolutely nasty. Low carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Man, this is really disgusting. What a disappointment. They might as well call this Indian Wells -bal aged imperial stout, because thatís what it tastes like. What a train wreck.
brokensail (9948) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
A: The pour is black, flat, and generally about the same as the other versions. Iím giving it a 2.5 because I canít give things like smell, taste, or drinkability a 0.
S: As soon as the bottle was opened, the overwhelming peat and smoke notes filled the room. Salty, woody, and decaying notes infect my nose. Burnt and charred malt/wood "top" things off.
T: The flavor is inexplicably salty. The peat flavor is just bad, and on top of the saltiness, thereís some soy sauce flavor to add to it. The alcohol burn is there too, just for good measure.
M: The body is light for such a big beer and the carbonation is non-existent.
D: This was one of the least enjoyable drinking experiences. Of a 375 ml bottle, at least 11.5 ounces were dumped. This is an insult to bad beers everywhere. Yes, this was so bad, I couldnít even use consistent units of measurement.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle someone shared at sour fest 4. Black pour, nose is instens, super duper peatty and smokey. Taste is quite smokey as well. This was not my thing, but then again, I donít quite have the tolerance of peat and smoke of seasoned scotch drinker. Dalekliz loved it though.
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle I shared at Sourfest. Pours with a black body and a tan head. Aroma is smoke, charcoal, artificial smoke and peat! Smells like Smokehead. Taste is wood, coffee, tobacco and peat. Way more barrel character than the other two of this series that I have had so far (bourbon and rum). Really aggressive!
coldbrewky (1411) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2010
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
I agree with Talon1117. A travesty of cluster-fu#$dom. Seaweed and sour sweaty socks. At times the black hole pokes its head out of the 10 foot waves of anaerobic peat. I shared this beer with my Father who stated " this was the strangest tasting lousy beer I have ever had" I would like a refund. So Mikkel, Ifín youíre reading this.....shred the recipe frot this experimental brew ...it is pretty bad!
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2nd beer in the serie, thanks to Blazer 06 for the share.
pours deep dark, tan head.
aroma and flavors, lots of smoke, peat nose, just a style of barrels I canít get into, this one is just overly char/peat, the whiskey aspect is submerged in char, leaving a bad plastic finish with hints of chocolate.
Not against the use of peat, but in this case, itís just too much.
deyholla (5975) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 12, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared with others. Poured black with a medium tan head that dissipated slowly. Aroma had strong peat aroma with a seaweed and smoke note that covers up the rest of the beer. I barely picked up any of the usual black hole notes. Flavor was similarly over whelmed by the whiskey with strong peat and algae notes. The coffee and bitter chocolate come out a bit but not much at all.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2010
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
I assume this is the scotch whisky edition... I donít know why I continue to try scotch-aged beers. I canít even get through this rating, all I can smell and taste is iodine, seaweed, and peat from the scotch barrels. For a beer that has a great base and certainly a nice bourbon edition, the scotch version was undrinkable for me.