tipsytoad (85) - - DEC 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My second bottle of this fairly pricey beer. Given the relatively poor quality of the regular Orkney beers now I was pleased to find that it was brewed by Rob Hill (the original brewer) who made Orkney into one of the best in the UK until it was taken over. This beer is excellent, with lots of whisky, chocolate and fruit in the nose and some oak.
RhetoricalAns (123) - Toronto, Alberta, CANADA - APR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Lovely black pour with a thin fizzy tan head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, whiskey. Flavour is much the same, some dark fruit. overall a sweet malt experience, smooth body.
BeerAcademyRO (2) - - APR 10, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great experience together with beer friends: this beer surprised us all and discover good atmosphere all around.
Scottishchris (121) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl bottle from the hive. Gyle 701. Black very little bubbly head. Wood coffee and chocolate on the nose. Slightly sticky sugary thick body. Whisky and alcohol prevails, not particularly subtle. Not a classic for me.
MichaelAwesome (3023) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - MAR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wundervoll dick mit beerigen Anklängen und hoher Trinkbarkeit. 10 Prozent sind kaum zu merken, unterstützen aber die dick fruchtigen Aromen und wirken teilweise wie Sirup. Klasse.
McTapps (3022) - Ruhrgebiet, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with BenH - many, many thanks Ben! The beer pours out in a deep dark brown colour with steady head and smooth body. Aroma of plums, oak and barley. Taste of intense barley, dark berries, oak, roast, woods, plums, prunes, dark grains and rum. Light roasty hints. Easy and smooth drinkable, really nice brew. Enjoyed it.
Ktwse (1484) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with low light tan head. Aroma of whisky cask, molasses, roasted malts. Taste is initial vanilla and chocolate sweet followed by massive cask notes. Full, creamy body.
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ansalon (952) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with no head. Aroma is coffee, muscovado sugar, citrus, whisky, roasted oak tones. Taste is coffee, chocolate, honey, muscovado sugar, whisky, vanilla. Mouthfeel is light with liw carbonation.
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Inbreak (1544) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Old rating rerated 01.03.2014, 0,75l bottle (hand-bottled 25.11.2010) @ home:
Small slightly bubbly light brown mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich, lots og licorice, dark malts, coffee, burnt caramel, grass, cough syrup, butterscotch, dark fruits. Taste is slightly rich, licorice, old rope, grass, whisky, coffee, dark malts, cough syrup, burnt caramel, dark fruits. Medium bitterness, slightly dry syrupy mouthfeel. Very nice, but I think maybe it’s even better with less aging.
Osprey87 (1182) - London via, WALES - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle, 2012 vintage, one of 3641 bottles. Poured into a snifter. Black, bubbly tan head. Smell - Belgian yeast, chocolate, slight whisky, alcohol soaked cherries. Body is pretty big and smooth, slightly foamy, very low carbonation. Taste - molasses, liquorice, iodine, paint, alcohol comes through and it’s a little sharp in the finish. Whisky character is subtle. Good, but the flavour isn’t as intense or complex as I was expecting. Smooth flavour and body.
VastActiv (2205) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.75l at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 21012012. Colour is dark brown with almost no head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, sweetness, wood and malts.