tderoeck (4696) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/VII/13 - 33cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: 31/XII/13 (2013-595) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, no head. Aroma: vanilla, peated, brown sugar, cane sugar, some cocoa powder, little boozy, caramel. MF: soft to no carbon, medium to full body. Taste: alcohol, pretty bitter, very earthy, some cocoa powder, peated, vanilla. Aftertaste: bitter, peated, mocha, some coffee, alcohol, more peat.
Brigadier (2985) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to BoBoChamp for sharing some of this rather interesting imperial stout. It was not my favorite but how often do you get to try something aged in a 27 year old whiskey barrel? I’ll have to see if I can track down some other Summer Wine on cask as a comparison to see what their more standard beers are like.
Aroma / Appearance - The brownish black base is slick with sheer legs that are a bit light for a big beer. Scotch, vanilla, black coffee, and anise tickle the senses. The smoky undertones add some depth yet it lacks the punch of a big complex imperial stout.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee, ash, and anise sweep across the palate. Like melting ice water they leave a mark but not one that is super memorable. The oaky finish gives away the barrel aging the most though I am sure some scotch aspects are hidden in there somewhere. If this is a one off grab a bottle and share it with a few friends.
johndoughty (3994) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black and poured with small head. Powerful chocolate and coffee flavours and slightly smoked.Powerful and full bodied. Very impressive including the unusual and impressive label.
BoBoChamp (5452) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl, as Kopi Kat ’1983 Caol Ila Barrel’, new exclusive English brew Anno 2012, with coffee, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, very complex Stout, roasted/woody and slightly smoked/bitter, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, good head, very good brew, yet very expensive!
Aniela (2386) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black beer with a browmn medium head. Whiskey, smokey, leather, malty, vanilla, toffee, tar and licorice aroma. Whiskey, tar, some ashes, caramell, brown sugar, leather flavour.
rlgk (10655) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Utobeer Market Stall, London. Pitch black beer with a rich lasting brownish/beige head. Roasted, burnt malt aroma, peat, whiskey, caramel, vanilla notes, toffee, prunes, ash, salty, cigarettes, licorice, tar notes. Roasted tar and ash flavor, whiskey, peat, salty, some warming alcohol, ash, caramel, burnt, coffee, dark chocolate, hay, caramel notes. Ash and tar finish with coffee, peat and some licorice. Good beer but the Clynelush version is better.
fiulijn (14599) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Jan (fonefan); bb 31/12/2013
Black color with giant brownish creamy head. Tasted side to side with the Clynelish version, the aroma is lighter; there is some roasted malt, some peat and some marine/iodine breeze. The body is leaner, the mouthfeel is smooth, also with a lot of carbonation still; roasted malt flavor, good, with a pleasant combination of peat and liquorice; strong but balanced bitterness, with some more roastiness in the final and liquorice.
Very good, but surprisingly the peaty whiskey doesn’t add so much, and it seems less reach than the Clynelish.
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
De botella. Black colour, small light brown head. Sweet peaty and pleasant roasted maltiness in the aroma along with chocolate and some whisky. Good filling mouthfeel. Flavour: sweet roasted maltiness and chocolate, peaty with whisky.
Theydon_Bois (8720) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, from Summer Wine online, 17/01/13.
Pours mid black (very dark mahogony brown in light) with a tan head that soon collapses to a film and surrounds the edge of the glass.
Nose is espresso coffee, tirimasu, sweet sugars, wood, touch of booze, a little smoked peatyness.
Taste comprises roast malts, sweet espresso coffee, dark chocolate, peated whiskey and wood but well integrated and not OTT, dark sugars.
Palate is perfect for me, full bodied, smooth, fine carbonation, sweet dry finish with a touch of booze.
Pretty damn good - the whisky flavour is well integrated and not overpowering the coffee in the base stout, a little on the sweet side at times but the whole balance up is good and it never becomes overbearing.
anders37 (16719) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty weak smoky whisky barrel aroma with hints of chocolate. Roasted malty smoky woody chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty smoky woody chocolate finish.