DruncanVeasey (8426) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
From the ’12 Stouts’ selection box. Deep, entrancing nose of toffee, raisin, acetone, blackcurrant, red apple and smoked kippers. Pours thick creamy pitch topped with an unshrinking tan mousse. Deeply smoked, lingering flavour like black peppered beef jerky, tinned smoked kippers, blackcurrant, woodsmoke and juniper incongruously but gloriously mingled. Warm, peppery afterglow with smoked meat like leather. Wonderful. Leighton (22814) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Bottle at Bruce’s, London during The Stouts Tasting, Pt. II - massive thanks to Jack for sharing another winner from his Bristol stouts cache! Pours thick black-brown with a staunch, khaki cream head. Tons of peat in the nose, brown sugar, sweet bread. Hugely sweet flavor, loads more peat, brown sugar, light roast, dark sugars. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, sticky dark sugars, lots more peat, toasted brown sugar, mellow roast, light roast. Quite a bit of peat here, but I like it. Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle: Thanks MadMitch: Served in a Chouffe glass: Deep dark brown to black pour.
Medium sized, slowly changing dark beige foamy head on top of a black colored beer.
Aromas of peat, wood, iodine, hints of brett and vanilla, earth, roasted malts, porridge, manure and some coffee.
Flavours of spices, earth, iodine, some bandaid, peat, roasted barley malts, some spices, dark chocolate, bitters, chalk, wood roast, grains, hay, liquor, ligh whiskey, floral grass/moss, coffee roast and a spicy smoked and coal tones.
Aftertaste is a mix of warmth, spices, dryness, chalk, peat, some earth, light iodine and wood roast with a firm bitterness.
Low carbo, creamy light spicy and close to silky mouthfeel, full body and a creamy oily texture.
Better than the regular version, also 2%ABV higher. Strong, leaning towards complexity. Nice! Stuu666 (15248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle at home. Says speyside but I would have guessed islay. Big rich chocolate stout with peaty smoky flavours. Dry smoky finish. Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
12 stouts of Christmas 2012 tasting with Craig and Ben. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair, light tan head. Aroma of whisky, honey, oak, vanilla, caramel and roasty malt. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. A lovely whisky finish with honey and oak notes again.
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2012
Bottled (from Ales By Mail, front says Imperial Stout Aged In Whisky Casks, back says speyside with small print). Very deep brown colour, small brown head. Aroma is vanilla toffee, caramel, some fudge and mild notes of cookies as well. Flavour is mildly ashy, mild peated notes, some slight toffee, vanilla, fudge and mild roasted notes. The mild peated and vanillaish notes along with roast stays for quite a while. Smooth and pleasant beer. jmgreenuk (10363) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Poured a deep mahogany colour with a frothy tan head. The aroma is rich alcoholic and peaty leading to a strong bitter flavour with lots of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol on the smooth creamy palate. A superb beer. A real classic.