MonsterMagnet (1570) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle, bb 12-15. Pours black & tan. Aroma: peat, iodine, wood, liquorice.
Taste: peat, dark chocolate, wood, coffee, almond, ash. Full bodied, creamy, velvety mouthfeel, sweet, with a loooong lasting roasty bitter, boozy finish with woody dryness and peaty goodness. This is one for peat lovers! ZodiacM (1290) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2015
Voor de liefhebbers van bier gerijpt in whiskey-vaten! Zwart bier met weinig schuimkraag. De geuren van hout, teer, turf komen je tegemoet. De smaken zij. Hetzelfde: hout, teer, turf en rook. Hier moet je van houden. In de nasmaak komt de smaak van whiskey naar boven. Heerlijke BA! rzymol (119) - - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle, 33cl. It pours deeply dark with no head, just a remnant. Must be the barrel that took it away. The scent is unbelievable. It actually smells like a barrel with a very intense aroma of eroded wood mixed with whiskey malt (and I assure you that it is a *very* fine whiskey), peatbog, smoked caramel and dark chocolate. I could smell this beer for a day. And that?s just a beggining. One would expect that due to very intense barrel aromas the taste will be whiskey-dominated. But not only the base beer is there, it is up-lifted by the barrel aging. The wave of very sticky sweetness that tastes like extracted and concentrated whiskey-malt dominates the mouth but develops into lingering bitterness that crawls like a snake in the background. Meanwhile a very enjoyable dryness on the tongue and spicy touches on the mouth sides are perceptible. The aftertaste is very looong and built of bittersweet feelings that fullfils the mouth. Full bodied with oily texture is the one that leaves me completely overwhelmed. Amazingly complex and balanced drink, a combination of single malt whiskey, wooded barrel, roasted caramel and spices. If one does not like the essence of whiskey and peat, this one may be to extreme. For me, it is definately the best RIS I had so far. JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2012
No head, ink-black liquid. Superb woody-smoked Islay malt nose; peaty, phenolic, tarr and seasalt. Even more phenolic & tarry than the nose, but in the background, retronasal, an alcoholic fire of toasted and roasted malts is burning. Sweet black coffee notes. This is unidimensional AND balanced - rare! Warming, slick-viscous but not really thick MF. Oh, I know, I’m a s*cker for anything Islay and smoked. Even more thanks, thus, Kees! bierkoning (13695) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2012
From bottle @ ACBF 2012. Peat dominating the aroma. Initial toffee, sweet malts and milk chocolate totally wiped out by the peat, The aftertaste seems to last forever. Ardbeg all over the place.
Arve_Christian (5219) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2012
On bottle at Haand festival in Drammen,Norway
Intense aromas of whisky and and burnt coffee.
Full body & high complexity.
Whisky aromas very well integrated
As Ardbeg is one of my favorite whisy brands and I always enjoy an imperial stout- this was true love omega (899) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2014
I can see why people could hate this beer as the Islay whisky influence is strong. I love Ardbeg so this is an almost perfect marriage of beer and whisky. Soft and cloying, but not subtle this is a beer that demands your attention. I would say under-carbonated but I can say I am happily sitting here like a dog lapping up peanut butter. Gerbeer (4022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
330 mel bottle. Pours black with very light head. Aromas of peat smoke and black coffee. Flavors of peat smoke, grass, heavily roasted malts, vanilla and coffee. Smooth smokiness that does not get overpowered by the ABV. Iznogud (4366) - CROATIA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle, 330 ml at Café Buitenlust, Oirschot. Pours black with beige head. Peat, smoke, roasted aroma. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, peat, smoke, whiskey. Warming alcohol. Complex. My first BA beer and I loved it. Great stuff. age_jellema (97) - Hengelo, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2015
Very good complex heeaaavy and strong smoky sweet russian imperial stout. Also woody