Cavie (3549) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours a dark reddish color with a small amount of head and carbonation. Aroma is woody, scotch, alcohol and rubbing alcohol. Flavor is a smoky wood, bacon and alcohol. Dry woody scotch flavor. Crazy different.
berlinoise2go (553) - NORWAY - JAN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (50cl) from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Batch 428 (BB 20.5.2013). Slightly hazy cola colour. Small light beige head. Aroma of peat (very Islay indeed), tar, roasted malt, spice, smoke. Whisky aspect somewhat overwhelms the ’xmasness’ of the regular God Jul. Medium/full body. Very smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Nice, but a bit disappointing body.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(500ml bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of smoke, grilled steaks, peat, and cedar. Flavor of roasted malt, grilled meat, whiskey, wood, and peat.
MiP (12863) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 8.5%. Very smoked aroma, some burnt plastic and salami. Not entirely pleasant. Black colour. Small stable brown head. The flavour is sweet and very roasted with a distinct alcohol mouthfeel. There is also be some hop burn, hard to tell from alcohol in this beer, but gives it a refreshing touch. Then comes a serious smoky note. Overwhelming at first, but becomes more subdued after some sips. Very flavourful and interesting, but I am not sure I like the smoke so much in this beer. And I do like peaty whisky. Still a great beer, though.
5000 (5645) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Heavy brown, nearly cola in color, thin sudsy sandy head, few rings of lacing. That is one strong iodine and peaty aroma. Islay is right... that is really strong! Holy bagesus! I thought the nose was full of iodine and peat. The flavor on this one is overpowering. Underlying beer is... anyones guess. Super medicinal. Having a hard time getting past the iodine aspect. Otherwise super super peaty.   I am thinking they spent too much time aging this one. A little Islay would be nice, but this one is slathered with iodine and peat. Not my cup of tea. Had it been the actual Whiskey, I would have preferred that. The one Nogne O beer I didn’t care for...
jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Rudolph Throwdown-thanks to Blazer06-500ml bottle-pours a light brown ring for a head and black color. Aroma is peat-dark malt, iodine, scotch. Taste is peat-dark malt, iodine, scotch, some earthy hops bite. Occasional.
Pinball (10214) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear black, smooth brown head 3 peat smoked whiskey flavor, roasted grains , brown sugar. 7 flavor is licorice, smoke, flowery or sour note from smoke, roasted grains. Reminds me of limfjordsporter. Also some toffee.
hopscotch (8391) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (dregs) ... Vero Beach “GET YOUR RUDOLPH ON” Throwdown… Dark brown ale with a negligible head and tons of tan sediment. The nose is an earthy merger of peat smoke, leather and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and nearly expired carbonation. The flavor is deeply roasted and bittersweet with notations of smoke and cardboard. Bittersweet, carbonaceous, burnt finish with an unwelcomed, mild, cardboard phase at the very end. Other than mild oxidation, this bottle of beer is pretty kick ass. Bottle courtesy of Blazer06!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2010 500ml bottle. Pours a clear but extremely dark mahogany color with a slight glint of crimson showing when strongly backlit. An average, frothy head of dark khaki foam settles to a thick and bubbly edge with a swirly center film. Tall, fat flares of sticky honeycomb lace cling hard to the glass. The nose is overtly and unapologetically Islay influenced, booming with briny, salty, iodine-laden peat smoke. Wet stone is distinct, lending a mineral sharpness to underlying notes of dry chocolate and well-attenuated, blackened caramel. Barrel char is strong, and remainder hints of sherry are still poking through. Flavors show more of the smoky, peaty, chocolaty goodness throughout. Woody, smoky barrel marry with the choco-caramel base quite nicely, but the sherry subtleties don’t come through quite as distinctly. Salt and stone are clearly of Islay origin, as is that slightly medicinal, iodine-like dryness that I crave. There are hints of dried dark fruit in the background, but they don’t bring any annoying residual sweetness. The palate is clearly thinned a bit by the barrel, but still quite substantive, washing down easy with its light carbonation, and moving towards a drying finish. The intense peat smoke makes it a slow sipper, but the well-attenuated palate makes it dangerously drinkable. Very good brew, but of course, I like the base beer, and I’m a sucker for all things Islay. This is a nice, lighter-bodied variant to some of the heavier Danish Islay barrel experiments.
Frovigalning (2523) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ÖBWF 2010. It poured a very dark hazy brown liquid with little to no head. Flavour of smoke, whisky and animals fur. I get a strong feeling of Närke Bäver with this one. Interesting and complex.