JorisPPattyn (7363) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange-gold; small white rim. Walnuts, cognac, old Bourbon casks, sweet almondcake aroma’s. Dried apricots, overripe fruit, sweet but nowhere cloying, extremely complex taste, with whisky barrels, peppery & sweet in the finish, even Szechuan pepper. Warming up, dark raisins, very " ’t Anker"-like. Very alcoholic, and very slick: obviously really quite thick, but feeling thinner. Excellent, superbly complex, and yet well-balanced beer. One of the best Scottish ever had. BIG thanks to Craig for this gem!
Rogermoore (34) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looks like lucozade. Very fizzy. Wierd off kind of taste. Astringent and Rather expensive. £4 not well spent. :(
RoyceH (1180) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Dark amber with a thin white head. Pours very bubbly. Aroma is malty, lots of whisky. Flavour is whisky at first, then develops into chocolate and then very nutty. Too nutty, rich caramel and strong for my liking. Strength isn’t really disguised, and leads to something one-dimensional, unfortunately.
rauchbier (3409) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of Paul Lockyer. Gold, thin but lasting white head and moderate condition. Dominant initial woody whisky note in the nose followed by aromas of vanilla and caramel, a low phenolic smokiness and a faint touch of fustiness. Quite soft and muted in the mouth with gentle caramel and butterscotch sweetness, a dry woody note and building alcohol notes. Oak, vanilla and buttery caramel dominant in the finish with a slight smokiness and a retronasal spirity woodiness.
maeib (7634) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, Drank on Burns Night. A light amber coloured beer which looks exceptionally still in the glass. The aroma is fruity and alcoholic, with noticeable whisky. The taste is sweet and malty with whisky and peat or caramel notes. A tangy juicy finish. Quite nice in parts but the alcohol can intrude. Expensive and I’m not sure it’s worth the money. How much extra are we paying for the wax on the bottle?
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 13, 2007
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
[Bottle from Peckhams] Pungent whiff of oak, slight peat, lots of alcohol. Sweet, heavy, woody. Feels like chewying a plank of wood soaked in rubbing alcohol. I had one sip of this and poured the rest, it’s a reasonably interesting idea, but this is rank rotten.
scotty (963) - SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2006
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not being a fan of Tullibardine malt I wasn’t sure what to expect from this...I guessed it might be along the lines of Innis & Gunn, but how wrong was I? It certainly reeks of whisky, lacks any head, has a lovely pale golden colour,but it’s quite hazy. The whisky aspect funnily enough dominates this brew but in my opinion it overwhelms everything else.There is a slightly sour note on the finish. Now,if Springbank or Lagavulin, were to try a similar trick THAT would be interesting! Tesco Galashiels, pricey at £3 odd a bottle.
johninmelb (1032) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2006
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Unfortunately, after expecting much from this brew, it fails to deliver. Sour on the nose, sour on the palate, and sour in the finish. I haven’t tasted the whisky from this brewer, but I suspect that this is where their strengths lie.
Marsiblursi (2952) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle) pours light amber with almost no head. Red wine aroma with buttery, oaky tones. Notes of butterscoch, also a bit acid. Flavour starts really buttery/fudgey and sweet but continues pretty wine-ish with dry notes at the end. Elderberry tartness. Really unique, but not so good.
MiP (12478) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 Bottle, 7.0%. As Blackford Majestic Whiskey Ale. Roasted, alcoholic aroma. Sweet whiskey flavour, some vanilla and wood. Strange, but drinkable. 5 3 5 3 13
Cask at Horsens BF 06. Clear golden colour, very small white head. The flavour is a bit sour, portish, seemingly from the whiskey. Very vinous, a little dusty. Reminds me of apple juice, only less sweet. 4 3 4 3 10