MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 A Mes rate: Bottle at RBESG.
Thornbridge Hall just get better. This is an absolute stunner. Black with an excellent tan head. Assertive dark malty aroma with light spice and peaty notes from the barrel. Roasty chocolate flavour with lovely smoky liquorice, maple syrup and just a lick of malty whiskey. Thick and sweet but not at all cloying. Would love to try a cask of this. Superb stuff again from one of my favourite English brewers.
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I debated about how to rate this. You see there are actually three of these. One aged in a speyside whiskey (8%) one aged in a highland whiskey (9%) and the last one aged in a Islay whiskey (10%). I did a tasting of all three and they all have different characters. This rating is for the Islay which was the best of teh lot.
Pours Black with nice sized tan head. The aroma has definate whiskey flavours. The peat and salt of the Islay whiskey (Coal Ila) is clearly evident. The taste brings out more of the usual stout attributes with nice sweetness of caramel and chocolate along with some good bitterness in the finish. Thanks to the guys at the brewery for holding these back for me.
The Highland would score 8/5/7/4/15
The Speyside 7/5/7/4/14
fonefan (32844) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home.
[ Courtesy of Phil / Kelly ]. Clear dark black brown color with a large, creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, wood - oak, light notes of vanilla, licorice notes. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, salty, whisky notes. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic - whisky. 
Fin (6890) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle National Winter Beer Festival, Manchester 2008 courtesy of Craig, cheers mate! Poured black, quite thick and sweet looking, unlike the Paradox tried on cask at this event this didn’t have such a robust whisky aroma, it was there, but it had to jockey for position with some chocolate and cream. The taste was wonderfully warming as the whisky was starting to assert itself, but the milky chocolate flooded through again, quite heavenly and moreish.
motelpogo (6125) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled, rbesg07. pretty close to black. aroma of whipped cream, cocoa powder and a hint of whisky smokiness. luscious texture, coffee, vanilla cream, tasty indeed
weaselkenievil (1094) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A kind gift from ratebeer member Fin (who got it off another kind RB fella), met him with our kid at the manchester winter ales festival. Good work fella! Ta very much. By far the best whisky aged beer I’ve had. By quite a stretch, I didn’t care for some of the others I’ve had. In fact I fucking hated the bastards. Unfortunately my notes contain a shit load of abuse to my ex wife. Got the numbers though, fuck you bitch!
Ungstrup (28233) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at RBESG 2007. A dark brown beer with a brownish head. The aroma is sweet with notes of whiskey, malt, and some roasted malt. The flavor too sweet for my liking with notes of wood, roasted malt, leading to a dry woody finish. The whiskey burns slightly in the throat.
omhper (18757) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at RBESG ’07. Almost black. Whiskyish licorice aroma. Sweet and packed with malt. Tarry and salty, full bodied with some light whisky flabour. A bit sweet with salty asphalt finish. Well made.
cgarvieuk (12784) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle RBESG 07 ... Deep black ... smokey malts with a little whiskey ... sweet fruit malt ... rich whskey does show clearly.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy dark brown pour. Light off-white head. Peaty, roasty nose with potent espresso notes. It has a certain minty suggestion to it that confirms the whisky barrelling. Light woody tartness and earthiness conclude the otherwise not so tasty palate that barely offered coffee laden roasted malts. Low and easy carbonation, still fair bodied despite the sojourn in the barrel. Strong alcohol taste despite the not so high ABV.