dchmela (2482) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: 2005 bottle, courtesy hopscotch. Pours reddish black and a thin head. Great Islay scotch aroma, peaty and salty with some malt buried in there. Spicy, whiskey taste that is very warming with hints of chocolate malt roast grain. Really good.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A very smooth big stout with moderate barrel presence. Very good.
How: Bottle 375ml corked and caged, 2005 vintage, at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg Sweden. A bitch to open, the barman worked for minutes on this one.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose has pleasant whisky barrels, light peaty notes, some roast, a bit of asphalt. Mouthfeel is the best feature of the beer, simply fantastic with a very full body and plenty of cask-like soft bubbles. Taste is silky roasted cereals with an oily feeling, vanilla soaked whisky wood barrels, mocha coffee, chocolate ice-cream, light fruity notes. Almost no alcohol presence. Woody finish that creates a semi-dryness sensation. This is barrel aging done right. Very good beer, didn’t taste like an old beer at all. Rather expensive though, I almost felt guilty buying it, anybody who pays that amount of money for an old bottle of beer should be forced to endure a full body erotic massage by a hot blonde swedish girl until he learns to be more considerate for the less fortunate. That’s how I feel about this.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing!! I didn’t think I’d ever get a chance to try this.
Pours slightly viscous and pitch black with no head or lacing. Looks completely still but after a swirl there is some serious legs.
Smokey, roasted malt aroma with a peaty whiskey barrel presence that’s nicely integrated without overpowering the other elements. Some toasted oak along with smokey and spicy whiskey character and vanilla. Strong peat presence but there’s still plenty of malt underneath with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, coffee bean and oatmeal. Smells great.
Medium bodied with a slick, viscous mouthfeel that never feels too heavy. Similarly to the aroma, the barrel character is excellently integrated into the flavor of the beer without overpowering or becoming one dimensional. Some dry toasted oak with a strong peat whiskey flavor as well as some faint coconut and vanilla. The dominant flavor is the smokey/peaty whiskey but underneath there is a complex malt profile with subtle hints of vinous fruit. Port like with hints of dark chocolate, robust coffee, caramel, toffee and oatmeal followed by dark cherry, fig and other dark berries. Just enough sweetness to counter the heavy smoke character that lingers in the finish. A very complex, flavorful and all around great beer.
madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
13th September 2009
2005 Vintage. Opaque black brown stout. Nose of malt, whisky and wood. Palate is fairly neutral but low on carbonation. A little unsweet dark chocolate quickly gives way to mellow Islay repleat with a smoky note. Finishes a little tangy with more whisky and smoke. Decent.
_angst_ (2091) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi, Pours oily very dark brown with no head worth mentioning. Has a very vinous look to it. Smell is sweet and rather subtle with roasted malts, peat, whisky, hints of liquorice, alcohol, slight oxidation and rubber notes. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter with lots of peat, roasted malts, wood, vanilla, chocolate, plums, cherries, smoke and dusty hints of oxidation. Mouthfeel is vinous with no carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet, bitter and slightly tart with coffee and bitter chocolate. Sadly a bit too old. A fresher bottle with atleast some carbonation would have made a great whisky aged beer.
Marsiblursi (2963) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Pours black with no head. The aroma holds smoked meat, peat and rubber up front with undertones of oak wood, mild vanilla, dry gravel, crayon, tart, leather, wet cardboard, coffee, cocoa, dark sugar and pee and honey. Bit vinous. The flavour is near medium sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic. Cocoa, smoke and peat, light oxidized and light vinous. The mouthfeel is round, oily and tiny tart with no carbonation. Tart roast, numbing smoke and round hops on the finish. Medium to full bodied.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another fuck yeah! Thanks Tom! Super strong and aromatic. ons of peat, smoke, salt, a touch of roast and dark malt but domiated by the islay whiskey, which is fucking great. Black ass pour with a thin tan head that settles into a inky ocean of blackness - fuck yeah descrptors and shit... not normally my thing. Love the aroma btw. Smokey, peaty, salty, beef, bacon, earth, wood. A touch of sweetness underneath from the base beer. Shit tons of islay whiskey. Lingering peat, smoke. Unbelievably delicious.
humlelala (813) - DENMARK - SEP 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2005 vintage, from 50 cl bottle at "Øllets Dag Amager 2011") Pours pitch black with no head. Aroma is dark, roasted malt with notes of peat, smoke, licorice and oak. Full-bodied, creamy texture with soft carbonation and a long, smoky finish. Taste is mildly sweet with a battery of aromatic notes and very little bitterness.
Pinball (10136) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared by ungstrup at his cellar clearing tasting.
pitch dark brown, small yellow head. roasted malts, wiskey,peat smoke in the aroma.
flavor is roasted malts, peat, whisky, palate is thick. good complex flavor. Also some coffee.
Ungstrup (27681) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a rim of dark brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, roasted malt, and whiskey. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, roasted malt, whiskey, and soy sauce, leading to a dry wood and alcoholic finish.
Geokkjer (5002) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle.Pours black with a brown head.Aroma is peat, oak, chocolate and roasted malt.Flavor is sweet and roasted with some smoke and salty notes.Full body, average carbonation.This was very good.