17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 Bottle. Pours a fizzy shiny very dark cola color with a fizzy frothy light tan colored head. Aroma is strong of Islay whiskey, peaty, grassy, bit of plastic, no sign of the abrasive alcohol though, lightly sweet cola roast, super faint touch of dark chocolate. Flavor is kind of toasty at first, big piney hops, light cola sweetness, the Islay, like the wine barrel version, doesn’t dominate the flavor but rather seems to be in balance with the other strong flavors, dark chocolate cookie, coffee in the aftertaste, slightly plasticy aftertaste that cleans up into a really nice even longer lasting peat and barrel taste. Medium/full bodied, great fizzy fluffy airy carbonation that has a nice sizzle to liven it up, a marshmallow feeling, really a nice mouth feel, almost a 5, well attenuated obviously, dry. It isn’t hot in the mouth at all, maybe just a tad in the finish though. The lasting spicy peat aftertaste is pretty cool. Really starting to open up in a delightful way. More and more.... plenty of smooth silky dark chocolate now, the bitterness is now just a complementary note now. one more point bump! p.s. room temp is probably best here. Loving the smoke now!
Madsnp (927) - DENMARK - JUN 10, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black colored with a small light brown head. Aromas of peat, whisky, roasted malt, chocolate, sugar and licorice. Roasted and smoked flavor with notes of caramel, tar, alcohol, wood and peat. Great beer.
cgarvieuk (12877) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle filched from the 4:20 Warehouse during RBESG10... ok Alex said to a drunk crowd yeah you can open a few bottles ...deep black ... big tan head ... big toffee roast ... load and loads of whiskey ,,, roast malt ... better than expected but still too much whiskey
JorisPPattyn (7681) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge greige head with some lace over pitch-black beer. Wow! Islay malt just jumping out of the glass; turf, peat, paint. Dry, whisky - malt - flavour, turf, smoked, dry-severe but just mindblowingly good. Very slick to viscous, huge alcoholwarming, prickly-carbonated MF, well-bodied. Oh dear. I’m just a s*cker for Islay malt or derivatives as this beer. Gorgeous.
Ughsmash (6970) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Zack for the bottle! Poured very deep brown with an unexpectedly tall cap of rich mocha head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma was all about the peated whiskey, with huge doses of smoked malts, earth, and peppery alcohol.. vanilla, molasses, and coffee were buried deep down, but they provided adequate support.. I’d imagine that if you dislike smoky whiskey, you won’t care for this at all. The flavor found molasses, vanilla, and coffee at the core, with smoky whiskey all over the place.. well-roasted and sufficiently-charred.. finished with dry smoked whiskey, peppery alcohol, and coffee bitterness.. some good stuff in here (and I especially enjoyed the whiskey), but the barrel had too much influence. Heavier-bodied, dry, and, did I mention?, peaty on the palate.. warm overall, bordering on hot in the end.. maybe a bit too much time in the barrel, but it was a nice barrel.
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Botella. Pitch black, lovely brown creamy head. Very pleasant aroma of roasted malt, peat, smok and wood. Great filling mouthfeel. Fantastic flavour of deep roasted malt, peat, smoke, wood and alcohol, soft sweetness. Yum!
SSSteve (3633) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. in celebration of completely paying off my vehicle today. aged in scotch whiskey barrels. same thick black, viscous pour under a medium sized, creamy brown head like the others. aroma of chocolate, roast, caramel, fresh wood, inside of a department store(maybe Kohl’s, J.C. Penny?) clean peat. flavor is very peaty. not really a smoked peat though...just clean. musty. white wood. i thought it would be hard to outdo the rum, but i like this better. it drinks with an immaculate smoothness and less boozy notes.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a typical dark black with a thin beige head. Nose is smokey Peaty. Flavor is deep and rich loaded with charcoal. Smoked smoked smoked. The barrel dominates this. Is this beer? They say so. So it is. Reminds me of a brewdog beer. Drink it warm and let the flavors really open. Finish is smokey and dry with the smoke lingering and the
Theis (12549) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home - the night before the trip to Belgium and WSF. Pitch black - brown head. Smokey, peated smokey, whiskey, sharpness, peppery, coffee, high burned, licorice, medium hoppy. Very nice.
Rune (7246) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle from Ølbutikken, shared with Skinnyviking and KnutAlbert. Jet black body. Tan coloured, lacing-head. Smoked aroma. Smoked taste of coffee and dark fruits shaped by hints of anise and barrel whisky. Nice and strong (hotel room at Sct Thomas Copenhagen, 09.05.2010).