Bijl (838) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2017
Gitzwart, bruine foamy schuimkraag.... mega koolzuur..... Bier kwam direct uit de fles.
Aroma: Turfgerookt, leer, donkere mout, hout, whisky en licht vanille.
Smaak: Vrij zoet, vanille, iets gerookt (peat) van de Bunnahabhain Moine whisky vaten, hout, droog en whisky zoetig. Daarnaast veel donkere geroosterde mouten, chocolade en koffie en een licht fruitig zuurtje aan het einde.
Een volle bitterkick met veel alcohol warmte sluiten het af. Deze komt wel even binnen! Volle heftige smaken.
Volle body, veel koolzuur voor een aktief mondgevoel, gerookt/peat en droog hout in de afdronk.... lange nasmaak. Alengrin (5773) - BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2017
Another variant on Emelisse’s White Label series, which, though well known, is still a bit undervalued in my view; this one has been aged on Bunnahabhain Moine barrels, a heavily peated Islay whisky made by a distillery otherwise known for far less peated whiskies. Strong pressure, near to gushing even. Thick, creamy, very moussy, deep yellowish beige, ’coffee cream-like’ head, gradually thinning and breaking in the middle, over an ink black beer with transparent, hazy mahogany-yellowish edges. Potent aroma initially dominated by genuine peat and peated whisky (iodine-like but not as sharply as in many other ’peated beers’), gradually making room for impressions of unsugared black chocolate, dry beef stock cubes, cigar tobacco, leather, haemoglobin, raw green cabbage, moist oak wood, fresh paint, black tea, elderberries, old dried kitchen herbs (thyme especially), cappuccino, dried fig. Clean but pungent onset of very restrained sweetishness (dried blueberries), basic and in this case quite vivid sourishness (elderberry juice) and, most of all, a heavy, beef stock-like umami flavor that dominates; carbonation is on the sharp side for the style, also in comparison with other White Label renditions. Thick and oily, smooth, heavy body, enlightened a bit by the carbonation, which unfortunately coarsens it a little bit as well. Nutty, almost immediately very toasted malt body, some very vague caramelly sweetness but this aspect is volatile and vanishes as quickly as it came, making room for bitter, totally unsugared black chocolate and ultimately heavily roasted black coffee flavors, with even an ’ashy’ quality to it, reinforced in the end by the peated aromas which return retronasally in quite a robust manner. Spicy hops bring further bitterness, woody tannins bring quite severe drought but not so much oaky ’vanilla’ as I was hoping for and whisky, along with the already impressive ABV of the basic beer, wraps things up with a long, warm but not overly wry alcohol glow. After swallowing, I am left with a lovely ’black chocolateness’ and roasted bitterness, even roasted barley sourishness in the throat, along with a heart-warming alcohol heat and, inevitably, peaty flavors keep hanging around as well, and quite strongly so. I have hugely enjoyed other renditions of these whisky barrel aged White Labels and have argued that this series deserves international status - especially with a bit of cellaring on them, to soften their sharper edges; yet peated beers are still a bit of a challenge to me, even after having tried dozens of them. Maybe peat is just not my taste, but I also think that peated whiskies are too much a refined product to age beer in the barrels they have remained in: the peat is often the only outspoken feature which remains, with all the subtleties of the peated whisky being gone. This one is very peaty, so be warned if you are not used to it, but without any doubt it is of high technical and conceptual standard. With a series of beers in this league, it all comes down to personal enjoyment, and this one happens to be the least attractive one I had so far. The overcarbonation, certainly in relation to this specific style, also bothered me a bit, but obviously calms down after being exposed to open air for a while. zvikar (6504) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 29, 2016
Black, brown head, smoky aroma, iodine, glue, peaty, fun, chocolate, wood, brandy, whiskey, smoky flavor, iondine, peaty, chocolate, brandy, whiskey, bitter, medium+ bodied. PotjeBier (3764) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2016
33 cl bottle @ home, apparently about a year and a half old. Pitch black color. Brown rocky head with a thin layer retention. Aroma’s of peat, smoke, iodine, leather, tobacco, dark malts. More or less the same retronasal, quite peaty, but well balanced with the sweetness. Flavor is moderate to heave sweet, chocolate, some peaty/roasty bitterness. Alcohol feel is quite strong, but not overly so. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Long finish, roasted, ashy, and moderate bitter. Excellent dutchbeerpages (2439) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2016
very peaty but with a sweet twist. What else can I say, this is another beutigul white label beer from Emelisse. Late checkin, had this the 19th of September.
BeerViking (5074) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2016 Bottle, deep dark red-brown with tan ring, smoky woody nose, big alcohol and whisky note, papery finish. Re-rate as the first bottle was oxidised. TrefwoordPunk (1304) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2016
Bottle 33 ccl. Pours pitch black with a small and fading tan head and an aroma of syrup, cherries, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, peat, whisky, iodine, molasses figs and smoked salmon. The taste is heavy sweet with the sugar sticking to your lips and a long bitter finish. Very, very nice! knickskicks (1168) - - JUL 26, 2016
Black pour. Nose is peat and chocolate. Taste is very peaty, smokey, some chocolate. Has a burnt smores thing going on. Medium sticky mouthfeel. Gurthnar (6243) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 6, 2016
Bottle shared by ShivanDragon in a local swap. Thanks man! Lots and lots of peat here, not for the faint hearted. Well intertwined with coffee and chocolate. But foremost smoky and aggressive. This beer kicks your ass. Cuso (8940) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 6, 2016
Bottle Kindly shared by Gurthnar. Dark brown color with huge beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, whiskey, chocolate, peat. Taste, heavy peat, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some roastiness, vanilla, plums. Tasty.