17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loved the unbarreled version... if anything this needs to go in bourbon or just plain oak barrels. The peat finish and the oxidation/soy character seem to be a bit at odds with the beauty of this beer with less age on it. Still love that Mikkel nailed the heat of the peppers, really magnificent but not my fav of the bunch.
JorisPPattyn (8121) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours viscously to a jet-black beer with an ultra-dark beige head; oozing spirit and old barn aromas; antique dealers and maltwhisky-sipping customers. Rich... coffeebeans and black chocolate. Dry, very roasted and heating immediately up after swallowing. Vanilla, coffee and cacao, roasted and sweet (-alcoholic). Very onctuous, thick creamy and alcoholwarming. The hot feeling - immediately upon tasting - however, registers as chili only after a considerable time. Undeniably good, but I’m developping a déjà-goûté feeling. And with a Speyside, I’d somehow expected more fireworks.
bhensonb (11789) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark brown with no head. Aromas of single malt and oak. Full bodied. Flavors of smoke, scotch whiskey, oak and a little pepper. Very nice.
anders37 (18159) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and whisky aroma. Roasted malty chocolate, chili and whisky flavor. Roasted malty spicy chili and chocolate finish with hints of whisky.
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, whiskey, chocolate and green pepper. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, chilli, whiskey and green pepper.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent, dark pour for the style with a nearly black body and a full, dense, creamy, dark tan head which is very nearly fully lasting and leaves thick, frothy lace rings. The nose is pleasantly not overly Speyside in nature which is a great start for me; very smoky (both from the chipotle and the scotch), bakers’ chocolate, burnt caramel, some burnt dark breads, faint figs, and light vanilla. The barrels seem to drown out some of the malts from the flavor; light bakers’ chocolate, still very smoky, chipotle towards the finish, malt flavoring, dry oak, and some roasted coffee in the back. The palate is seemingly less than medium, watery, silky, and nearly lively. The beer finishes long with chocolate syrup, dark coffee roast, and chipotle heat. I actually just saw the "Barrel Aged" and instantly was excited, but I got home and noticed it was the Speyside version. However, the scotch was quite subdued in the nose. The original is better but this is very nice as well.
Christian (11388) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Boreft Beer Festival 2011: Jet black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, spice and pepper. Sweetish licorice and chocolate flavour with pepper and a touch of whisky.
marcus (6974) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head and a treacle and whiskey aroma. There is a dry chocolate and treacle flavor with a warm peppery alcohol finish. Lots of scotch in this one.
Japalo (1320) - DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black fine head. Smoky honey aromas. Wiskey chocolate flavours. Taste a lot stronger due to the barrel storage. Gentle complex super brew.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor for sharing. Pours black with a small creamy mocha head. Aroma is rich sweet chocolate, some bitter cocoa and a little smokiness with the light chipotle and oaky wood notes. Flavor starts with a strong woody oak and earthy character, quickly picking up the roasty espresso, chocolate and ashy character, some of the chipotle comes out through the finish which retains the woody quality. Medium full body and a soft carbonation. Pretty tasty beer,