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.
Inbreak (1374) - 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 (1081) - 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 (1973) - 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.
Dogbones (117) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Expensive but tastes reasonable. Smell peat like and is good. I would not spend the money! Glad to have it but will move on fairly quickly.
stoutnick (302) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 Oily black. Aroma has a spirit slash schnapps quality. Taste is very complex, berries malt port like finish; like nothing else I’ve had. Heaps of dark fruit flavours like wine or port. ABV well hidden. Very complex. Palate not overbearing but also light. Overall, not an especially fun beer to drink but lots going on.
AgentAle (327) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma:rich malty smell
Taste: whiskey early notes, malty rich tastes
Appearance: very dark body,off white head
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evilcougar (66) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had as a bottle share..
All I can say is.... Awesome.. I am a big fan..
Dark, rich, chocolaty..
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gowdy (676) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s house. Very dark. Not much in the way of head. Medium consistency. Quite good.
Habanero (2000) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown nearly black with a medium, lacing, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, wood, notes of whiskey and licorice notes. Sweet flavor, that ends up more dry. Medium to full bodied, oily to syrupy text. and soft carb. An excellent barley.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Poured a deep murky dark brown color with a thin dense tan head that fell to a ring. The aroma was rich port, figs, peat, and maple. Strong whisky flavors start and remain with peat and oaky flavors along with a pretty strong amount of vanilla. Dark fruit and anise come out a bit through the middle. Fairly sweet with the whisky peat and spiciness cutting that a bit. Smooth and creamy, good bit of carbonation with a crisp rough finish.