Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 11, 2007
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle, The Whiskey Shop, Oxford. Pours a light gold with a white cap that quickly disappates. A whiff: hmmmmm. This is certainly an interesting smell. It reminds me of walking the railroad tracks by the grain elevator, back when I was a kid. Corn would spill between the sleepers, then get damp in the rain and rot. If you kicked the crust that developed on top, it smelled...like this. Mouldering grain with a smokey cresote undertone. Evocative, but not good. Flavor <shudder> is a heavy dose of raw peanuts, burning leaves and wet dog food. Added to that a rank cheap whiskey heat. Even after seeing how bad this rated, I insist that I came to this with an open mind, if only to justify the rather steep price tag. Alas. An ounce is about all I could stomach.This wins hands down as my most expensive drain-pour.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle- pours cider gold with a little head, carbonation was thin, smells mature cheddar very cheesey, oaky. tastes waxy cheesy bitter, like liquid sawdust. too much woodyness. the sweetness isnt balancing it. gets slightly nicer as it warmed up with a sweet cherry character. but it takes a lot to get over that woody flavour.
Skinnyviking (6240) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Low, actually non-esistant head. Hazy orange body. Damp and dusty smelling aroma. Acidic oranges hops plus strong alcohol flavor with a metallic note. Low carbonation and a long oranges bitter aftertaste plus a sharp acidity.
omhper (18355) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pale brown, brief head. Fruity and alcoholi nose with wood and vanilla. Sweet and densely malty with lots of oaky whisky flavuor. Phenolic and fruity , vinous and warming. Low bitterness. Quite similar to the Innis & Gunn series, but more full of life.
KnutAlbert (5559) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle bought in Glasgow. A fine whisky tone, but that’s about the only thing going for it. Yeasty, sweet and unbalanced. A fancy bottle with a seal and everything was a bit of a waste on this beer.
Sigmund (4511) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 ml bottle, as "Tullibardine 1488 Majestic Whisky Ale", bought in Edinburgh. ABV is 7.0%. Brewed and bottled by Traditional Scottish Ales Ltd. for the Tullibardine Distillery, using the distillery’s spring water and malted barley. Clear and deep golden colour, pours very fizzy, when the fizziness subsides just a small white head remains. Strange aroma, sweetish / sugary and oaky, with peaty and fruity notes. The flavour is very sweet and alcoholic. There are notes of whisky casks and peat as expected, but I also expected something far drier and maybe more "scotch & club soda"-like, not this overwhelming sweetness. Are there any hops in this beer at all? Still, when you get used to the sweetness, the beer is drinkable - but remains a disappointment.
Gr0ve (2078) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 ml bottle. Rich yellow golden colour. Small coarse head. Crystal clear. Peaty whiskey aroma with a bold maltiness. Feels a bit flabby in the mouth as the texture is oily and the carbonation seem to be rather harsh. Lots of residual sugars. The alcohol is also easily noticeable and cuts through the peatiness. Lacks balance. Flavourwise there is lots of oak and peat, and perhaps also a little black pepper and treacle. Finishes with a metallic hop flavour and lots of alcohol. Watery finish.
larsga (5814) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small coarse white head. Deep coppery body with very light
carbonation. Deep sugary darkly malty aroma with notes of whiskey,
raisins, fruit, and tobacco. Some light smokiness, too. Aroma is
strong and complex, but I don’t really like it too much. Deep sweet
smoky chocolatey malt taste with strong notes of whiskey and dried
fruit. Considerable alcohol heat; more than you’d expect from a 7%
beer. Peppery mouthfeel. Dry, fruity alcoholic aftertaste. An
interesting and powerful beer, but I don’t really like it that much.
(0.5l bottle from gr0ve.)
cgarvieuk (12240) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well first off im not a whisky fan, but this is a real interesting beer, Its a nice golden amber colour, with a distictive whisky aroma, the flavour is of a half decent whisky thats been diluted just a touch too much, but diluted with a light fruity carmel malt ale.
There no doubt in my mind i would have scored this wonderfully interestign ale higher if i enjoyed whiskey.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - 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!