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.
Beerhunter111 (7851) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ Finest Spirits and Beer Convention Bochum 2014: Fast schwarzes Bier, kein Schaum. Geruch intensiv röstmalzig, holzig, Kaffee, alkoholisch, so ist auch der Geschmack.
tmrmwel (1003) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2010 vintage, enjoyed three years after bottling. This is a beauty even before pouring, and continues to be so when it hits the glass black with a red hue and a very small mocha head. Aroma is amazing and sweet with roasted malts, leather, tobacco, vanilla and a deep cellar of oaken barrels. Full creamy body with very soft carbonation. flavour is sweet with oak and chocolate, as well as vanilla, tobacco, prunes and some very fitting and pleasant notes of alcohol. Long nice finish of oak, tobacco and vanilla. Tremendous stuff!
Zwiebel88 (171) - GERMANY - SEP 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Braun bis schwarz. In der Nase Alkohol,, karamellig, Holz, Whiskey, Süße. Am Gaumen cremig, rund, Kaffee, Alkohol, dunkle Früchte, Weinnoten.
Murano (10) - - AUG 10, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I will first state that this high a rating is partly--and only partly--perhaps--and only perhaps--due to sentiment, and that part is further due roughly 23/40ths to the circumstances surrounding the drinking and roughly 17/40ths to the beer being something fun and different.
This excellent, unique beer has a wonderful mouthfeel--a cup of silk, with cream: a certain water-gossamer lightness (or gossamer water-lightness)--like biting into a lush, soft, icing-based pastry (I cannot remember the name of the particular pastry of which I am thinking). It has the aftertaste of splendid churchwine. The taste is hard to pin down, like most good beers, but there are hints of sweet, faint cherry. I would sum up the main taste as "coffee & port with holy water." There is a soft, soft burn to it; one would probably not (accurately) guess straightaway its alcohol content. Overall, the beer is best enjoyed with key members of your closest family and a viewing of The Grand Budapest Hotel or To Catch a Thief. To do so while sitting on a magic carpet is preferable. The color is somehow both pure red and pure black. A very classy, delicate, and delicious beer. Hard to find, and even harder to capture. It’s like chasing a deer in a forest in a poem. The only true negative about this beer is regret that it is but all too fleeting, combined with its being a limited edition (which I hope is one promise upon which Orkney will renege). A great experience. I pity those who have not tried it and envy those with more than one bottle.
ATulloch (116) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from bro. (jamestulloch) pours a nice dark brown/black with little head. Rich aromas of chocolate, prunes, pine, vanilla and whisky. Intense flavours of dark chocolate, oaky/smokey whisky with a nice spicy fruit finish (almost like Christmas pud). Hides the 10% incredibly well.
Marheb (2130) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Du caramel brűlé au fond de la poele, des vapeurs intense d’éthanol et un grain de café rôti. Le corps est aminci par l’age et les saveurs chaudes.
allmyvinyl (3608) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours deep dark brown, thin tan head. Aromas of whisky, wood, coffee, vanilla, spice. Taste is more of the same, hanging together with a boozy-cakey sweetness. Medium body, long finish. Nice.
Niall73 (1833) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Gyle 701. If nothing else, the bottle looks the part. Pours a very dark brown with a red edge and a tan head - a surprising about of fizz on pouring. Lovely cakey, dark fruit aroma with treacle and liquorice. Full body, light carbonation. Loads of liquorice, treacle and sweetness. I’m getting very little whisky, if any. Lots of sticky dark fruit, coke and rum. It’s a tasty drop, a little lacking though.
shoulderbroken (2105) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma is whiskey, boozy, mossy. Taste is great, chocolate, coffee beans, thick, boozy, very interesting.
drfabulous (4049) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the 750 bottle. Chocolate. Port in the overall taste. Little carbonation. Slight oxidation. Nice.