SarkyNorthener (1957) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to s_hartshorne. Black beer with large frothy tan head that took a while to settle down. Aroma of peaty whisky and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, whisky, some peat, wood and some sourness. Medium bodied and moderate amount of oil on the palate. Very good.
s_hartshorne (1395) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle hand drawn monkey Huddersfield shared with sarkynortherner. Black good tan head aroma is choc coffee roasted malts. Taste is same some vanilla dark fruits whiskey wood alchol warmth. Decent sticky body. Good stuff.
Stuu666 (2306) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is chocolate, peat, taste is sweet chocolate, dry and smoky, vanilla.
kraddel (3136) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thnx to dennoman .
Pours black , good grey head . Smell is peated , plastic .
Taste is peated , but balanced , roasted malts , bitter . Ok
harrisoni (13742) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks graciously to Toby at The Kernel. Black beer with a HUGE tan head. Really no need for that level of carbonation. Strong Caol Ila whisky smoked peaty aroma. Now much against common opinion that doesn’t mean that I will take an instant disliking to this beer just cos it’s barrel aged and in an Islay whisky cask. Although the aroma is strongly individualistic it isn’t completely overpowering nor unbalanced. I think it’s pretty damn good and that’s cos the base beer is big and well constructed enough to carry the barrel ageing. Muscular dark malts underpin this beer. Goes well with chicken tikka and ciabatta bread. Classy beer with big intense aromas and flavours. . Impressive.
jmgreenuk (4361) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Poured a dark mahogany with a bubbly tan head. The aroma is big medicinal hop, roasted malt. The flavour is strong bitter with a huge alcohol bitter palate. The alcohol really dominates this beer for sure. I liked it, but barrel aged beers normally deliver so much more. Barrel aged beers need to compliment a beer, not dominate it, which is what happens here.
kermis (5082) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared thanks to jmgreenuk. Pours near black with a thick beige head. Aroma of Caol Ila, massive and overpowering anything else. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Behind the Caol Ila in the palate there is roast, dark chocolate and caramel. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Simply too overpowered by the scotch.
deanso (5266) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with jmgreenuk.
decent creany tan head, clear black pour. Lots of coal illa in the aftertaste. Tasty.
jtclockwork (8445) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Colin. Pours very dark brown with brown head. Nose and taste of roast chocolate, whiskey, oak, vanilla, crunchy nuts and earth. A touch heavy on the whiskey but not overly boozy. Medium body.
Countbeer (4429) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks Theydon Bois: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Pitch black pour. Pitch black beer with a medium sized ashy brown foamy head on top.
Aromas of malt roast, flowers, some earth, some peat, iodine, bandage, wood roast, some coffee and coal.
Flavours of peated malts, roasted malts, roasted wood, iodine, some wood aged berries, chalk, light dry and light spicy, coal, bitters, hint of bandage and some dry nutty roast tones.
Aftertaste is a mix of malt roast, some wood roast, chalk, bitters, spices and wood/coffee roast.
Low carbo, creamy to silky mouthfeel, full body and a creamy lightly thicker texture.