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.
ElManana (1085) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBBSG, thanks for sharing Beerlover_Ben. Alcohol, malts, chocolate, whisky, not bad.
Mr_Pink_152 (1809) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Real Ale a Store, Newark. Thick black colour with a beige head. Fruity aroma, taste is toasted malt and fruity. No really much like a barley wine. But good.
ianwelby (733) - SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black beer with a thin beige head. Fruity scent. Strong fruity beer, malty too. Actually a very basic flavour but it’s gorgeous.
italianjohn (2476) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a thin beige head .... Aroma of dark roasted malts, figs, light oak, smokey, whiskey, orange and spices .... Very complex ..... Taste is of deep roasted malts, oranges, oaky, figs, smokey whiskey, light vanilla and dark chocolate .... Very complex brew .... Whiskey barrel added a lot of depth and character ..... Finish is dry and roasted with a lingering light bitter bite
TheXanMan (2) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really great beer. Pours black as oil, with really decent carbonation for a barley wine. Rich, biscuity with big fudge/caramel notes. Dark fruits and strong malt profile, everything you’d expect really, but really well put together. One thing I loved was it wasn’t overly-whisky tasting, which has now been done to death in most dark beers. Perfect for a desert beer.
GlasgowTAD (479) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - APR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 vintage. Pours brownish black with an active brown head which soon recedes to a ring, heavy lacing on glass as the beer is swigged around. Aroma is dominated by port and sherry aromas, red wine, grapes and slight malts aromas. Taste is caramel, toffee, butterscotch, figs, slightly smokey and leathery too. Medium to thin body with a sticky mouthfeel and prolonged aftertaste.
StilleStorm (1038) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
DWF; Bottle 75cl. Pours smal "alchol head", black with a fast fading tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, barrel, heavy dark chocolate and coffee, spice, ripe fruit and booze. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a sweet, warming, roasted lasting finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. Head brewer, thanks for signing the bottle.
k92488 (343) - NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 liter svart med lite skum. Søt. Smak av whisky malt.aroma. mild og fin. Pittelitt syrlige ettersmak
djd07 (5894) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a dark brown with beige head. The aroma is dark fruit and chocolate. Thin mouth, roast, oak, dark fruit, boozy finish, very good.
Koelschtrinker (12459) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 6, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dunkler, schokoladig malziger Antrunk mit geringer Röstigkeit. Vollmundig, ab dem Mittelteil kurzzeitig säuerlich, rund, Vanille. Später verhätlnismäßig dünn, geringe Herbe, etwas trocken. 8/11/8/9/11/8