slechtvalk (20) - ISLE OF MAN - JAN 7, 2013
Geweldig bier, wat een aromas. Erg mooie kleur en die neus!! Mooie whisky, fijne rook tonen. En een gezellige ontvangst door de charmante dochter van de korenaar. Aanrader! 77ships (11413) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2012
66 cl. split side by side with the Peated version courtesy of Dylan/Kraddel // obtained in a trade thx. to Tinus // Peated one is absolutely round, sweet honey-like especially next to this one, way different from what I remember it being // wrapped in a red giftwrapping paper just like its brethren // only the Ardberg sticker differentiating it & obviously the impossible to mistake with anything else taste // dark brown, touches of black, tanned head // smell encompasses all of the idiosyncratic-ness of this kinds of beers, it is pure medicinal, this belongs in a freaking medicinal cabinet not in a glass, does this disinfect? pure Islay medicinal smell and oh yeah it is peated as well, some malt underneath there as well, it draws you in // taste is sweet soft chcolate malts, milk chocolate sweetness, soft milk chocolate intertwining with medicinal Ardberg, creamy, touch berries, base beer despite or regardless of the thick medicinal Ardberg layer is still very clear, soft ripe dark fruits // smooth and damn creamy // I have been critical of these kinds of beer, despite the heavy whiskey this is excellent and I cannot stop drinking it & it is not only yummy but it is weird also, def bonus // recommended - favorite version so far. haukur (2115) - Kópavogur, ICELAND - NOV 3, 2012
Best aroma i have smelled this year, huge smoke, meat, yeast and oak, just wow!! Whiskey factor on the palate, but alao very belgian. My beer of the year, wow factor over the roof Martinus (4722) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2012
Clear dark brown colour, red hue, firm cream head. Smoky aroma, peat, chocolate, vanilla, cacao and lots of Ardbeg. Light sweet malty flavour, light astringent, wood, Islay whisky, bay leaves and liquorice. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Smoky finish, wood, Islay, dark chocolate and liquorice.
Very in-your-face Islay character, while still maintaining a sophisticated balance. I love it!
(From 66cL bottle @ a wood aged beer tasting)