77ships (3014) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2013 Courtesy of BelgBeerGeek. Thx! 75 cl. swing-top bottle sampled @ RBBSG II. 2008 Vintage. Blackish to light brown, no head. Nose is sweet alcoholic, slightly vinous, pale, very sweet brown sugar mixed with alcohol, red grapes, raisins, roasted malt, some wood,… Taste is bitter roasted malts, alcohol, huge chocolate, light raisins & cherries, liqueur drenched cherries, maple, restrained whisky, bitter malts, warming, slightly alcoholic finish. Big bodied, lower carb. slightly sticky. Interesting & very nice. Also Barley Wine???
polomagnifico (1144) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle from kbudd19, thanks Kevin!! Aroma has nice big notes of whiskey, smoke and oak, bread, dark dried fruits. Dark brown that sits black in the glass. small tan head that mostly diminished and left decent lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft with a long cloying whiskey finish. Overall a good brew but the whiskey is a little too dominant. This wouldn’t be a bad thing but I don’t think the whiskey was all that good. All in all the brew gets much better as it warms and the aroma really comes out.
bigskula (2) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUL 3, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lovely dark fruits, prunes, dates, some sweet sticky figs, on nose. Tastes similar, good sticky fruits, some oak, slight smoky whisky, some charring, bitter dark chocolate. Oily but very pleasant mouth feel. Top notch.
Davros (1720) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with an almost non-existent head.
Nose shows caramel, peat, charred oak, roasted malt, smoke, bready malt and heavy sweet burnt figs.
Sweet flavours at first too, before some roasted malt and charred oak roll thorugh. A fair bit of booze too.
Body feels a bit light.
nilsas (654) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
God lukt, noe ubestemmelig. Bør servetes romtemperert. Noe røyksmak men totalt sett et godt øl som gjerne vurderes igjen i annen temperatur.
Gorm (562) - sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lukt av bek og hamp. Svart og godt. Godt balansert, med god carbo. Masse malt. Melkebaren.
gEUS (785) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the cellar of Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles - sampled during full vertical DL tasting - poured into a balloon glass, pours flattish with a small ring of a head. Marroon beige/brownish with notes of caramel, oat-malt, honey, raisins, with woody notes, tasdte is likewise. Quite balanced and very nice-to-drink beer.
Meilby (5523) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml @ haakonm
Pours clear dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and wood. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long chocolate and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
boddhitree (56) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drunk in a snifter at BrauKunstLive! 2013 Festival in München, Germany.
I think it was because my taste buds had had an overload of Simcoe and Citra already and needed some comfort beer, we went for 2 dark beers. First was the Dark Island Reserve, a "Dark Ale." Man, vanilla, chocolate with the aroma of a whiskey barrel,... mmm lovely.
Stuartyboy (343) - SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Mr_H Black in colour with tan head strong malt aroma flavour consists of dates, figs and dark chocolate sweet and very strong with hints of vanilla and whiskey pleasant to drink in small amounts definitely a bottle for sharing