Martinus (4601) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2011
Very dark, reddish black. Dark cream foam that leaves a good lace. Smoky malts, wood and whisky, reminds of Lagavulin.
Dried fruits, plums, delicious malts, chocolate and again the whisky tones. Creamy and oily. Smoke, very pleasant smoke. Long, balanced finish. Really impressive.
Tasted from bottle. Moolesen (565) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2011
This is indeed a great beer, which have a very strong flavour of peat. Not to confuse it with tar or smoke. This characteristic taste is due to the use of peated whisky casks. I love the balance of the oak/peat and bitterness, which is difficult to achieve. But this is a perfect example of how well beer can be brewed.
This 0.66 liter bottle, was served at aprox. 12-15 C, which I think is the perfect temperatur for strong beer.
It has a great foam layer, and looks really nice in the glass. The best is still to come.... The very rich taste of this simple blow you away. It is very concentrated, and just in harmony. Hints of coffee, toast, caramel and of course peat ! comes together in a very pleasent experience. Well done. And luckily, the finish is very long. I love this beer. Nothing more to say Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Deep copper/ruby pour with a thick, lomglasting head.
Extremely complex and intense nose of sherry, pralines in cream, huge peat, overripe dark fruit (figs, dates, raisins) walnuts, toffee, vanilla and oak, and earthy hops.
Nice lacing, and a very heavy, almost syrupy body that delivers a mouth-coating finish.
Taste is even more complex with all of the above plus raisins and even bleu cheese. This beauty reminds me of NC Old Stock Ale if it had been aged on peated oak. Absolutely my new, hands down favorite smoked beer.
Mpulese (13) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2011
Pretty red paper wrapped. Very nice beer, dark and drinkable. Almost black color, but when you look into the light, it shows a pretty red. Flavor of black coffee, some sweetness, smoke, whisky. Smell of perfumy smoky whisky, malts in balance, in the end some biterness. Flavor lasts long.
We did a glass of Lagavulin 16 next to it to compare, same kind of smoke and sea flavors. I like it very much. TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Shared bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Hazy, deep red-brown pour with a short tan head leaving little lace. Nose is smoky peat, dates and a bit of booze. Heavy body with light carbonation, yielding a lovely round, smooth mouth feel. Peat, wood, caramel, blue cheese, raisins, dates and some light citrus peel. Finish is medium and remains as complex as the swallow, with a bit more wood and cheese, with some whisky creeping in. Very nicely balanced - a lovely drop and my favorites Belgian Strong.
Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 19, 2011
courtesy of Philipp and Thomas - pours a clear dark brown beer with a little beige foam left; peated, smoky aroma with notes of tar, chestnuts and black cherries; very tasty and full-bodied; sweet and fairly bitter; subtle but strong carbonation, quite dry peated Islay whisky-like finish with lingering notes of caramel and ashes - wonderful evabeer (21) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2011
Zwart bier met een rode schijn, dik vol schuim. Heftig aroma, peat, koffie, toast, caramel met rokerige whisky. Erg bijzonder. Smaak heeft veel gebrande mout met whisky, maar erg gebalanceerd, Zijdezacht mondgevoel. Ik vind dit erg lekker. gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 660 ml bottle - aged for two years in perfect cellar conditions - pours murky brown with amber hints; creamy head - beige like a caffe latte. Aroma of roasted nuts, soy sauce, plums, coffee, a bit of peat but very nice and balanced, subtle. Medium body with just a tad too much sweetness that covers a bit too much the peated effect. Taste is going to a quad; bread, malt and a tad of peatiness. LIKE!
a fresh off the shelve 2013 version. Sampled at +15°C. Delicious vanilla and cream aromas (vanilla pudding), sweet oak, and caramel and malts. Huge beer, seriously underestimated. alethol (133) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 On tap at Boudeijn’s Biercafé, the Hague. Amazing taste sensation: full-bodied, extremely peaty and smoky. Alcohol well hidden. A beast. Like a whiskey: more for sipping than drinking. Shark_Pants (743) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2013
Been really looking forward to trying this one. Aroma vanilla, light smoke, honey. Taste is somewhere between a Belgian strong ale and an imperial stout. Sweet roasted malts with a nice bitterness and definite peated whiskey notes in the aftertaste. Lived up to my expectations as a whiskey fan as well.
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