planky84 (3603) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle at Chris O’s pre-GBBF shindig 2012. Cloudy brown pour. Molasses, chocolate and coffee aroma. Quite peaty. Smoke, vanilla toffee and malt flavour. Long sweet finish. oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2012
[email protected]gunnar (9984) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2012
pre-gbbf shindig 2012 (bottle 566/2237). Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is peat, liquorice, alcohol, some sweet fruityness as well as mild toffee. Flavour is peat, liquorice, toffee and some mild alcohol. Well balanced and nice.
Bottle nr of 2237,from Brewdog online shop. Pours pitch black with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma of strong roasted malts, light acetone note as well, burnt rubber and whisky. Taste is strong dark caramel sauce,soy,prunes with som nice warming alcohol at the end.Sticky and thick mouthfeel.Nice and some more
Scopey (16550) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s 2012 Pre-GBBF tasting. It pours opaque deep brown with a thin beige head. The nose is permanent marker pen, rubber, roasted malt, TCP, alcohol warmth and whisky. The taste is caramel, date, prune, red grape, raisin, marshmallow, wood, whisky, floral, hay and vinous notes, with a warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Tastes a lot better than it smells. Flavoursome and well balanced. sm89walt (2092) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2012. A dense black beer with a thin, disappearing tan head. Peat, TCP, smoke, wood & iodine on the nose with a sweet & boozy, fruity sweetness beneath. Similar on the palate but the sweetness is even bigger; more choccy character with liquorice, berries & molasses. Full-ish body, soft, supple & smooth mouthfeel with a lingering sweetness/iodine & peat-balanced finish. I thought this had lots going on with plenty keeping me interested.
cgarvieuk (26613) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013
Bottle atchrisO...Deep black ...too much whiskey ... soft iodine nose ... rich sweet malts ... big whiskey ... light iodine ... sweet malts ... juicy malts ... littlefruity .... 3.8
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle deep black ... thin tan lacing ... smokey woody iodine nose ... sweet malts ... big big whiskey ... tooo much iodine ... but large roast ...3.5
unblended unratable ... deep black... deep meaty roast ... mellow whisky ... sweet roast ... little honey ... soft whisky .... mellow roast ... honey ... sweet ... juicy roast ...rich and intense ... lovely 3.9
The hoary old chestnut of the ’lost cask’ marketing not withstanding, this is an interesting stout. Viscous and oily look to the glass, red berry notes on the nose coupled with mildy smoky notes. Very sweet in the mouth with a sharp alcohol hint at the top of the mouth fading to a mild peat smoke which lingers with the oily texture. Quite good, but given the price hike, it reminds me a great deal of Paradox Arran, with a hint of the berry hit of standard Tokyo. Worth the money...? Hmmm. Thijs (15) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2012 Bottle #763. Aroma from a distance is chocolate and malty caramel. The peaty highland cask comes through upon closer inspection. Taste starts very sweet, then peaty and oak. Taste has chocolate and caramel written all over it, also noticeable are berries. The higher alcohols in the taste (and nose) might be this beer’s main drawback. Aftertaste is dominated by a somewhat dry, woody and smokey finish. All in all a very nice stout. Beersiveknown (5325) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle 781 of 2237 at home.
Pours oily black with a fluffy cola head that soon collapses to a lacing. Oily legs and big aroma of peat bogs, sour cherries, campfires and mead. Slightly more carbonation in the mouth and a lot more charred wood and cranberry than the lowland. A touch of cola, less residual sweetness soon leaves the tongue but long finish around the mouth and down fruit. Warming but not noticably alcoholic. I’d say people may find this a bit more of a struggle to drink.