Hardknott Æther Blæc 27 year 2010

 
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Formerly brewed at Hardknott
Style: Imperial Stout
Millom, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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NOTE: Be very careful to note the bottle details for the Hardknott Aether Blaec beers - there re various versions that have similar-looking bottles.

The original whisky (Balmenach) was distilled in 1983 and has permeated the oak cask for 27 years. We replaced the whisky with our own stout leaving the cask sealed and undisturbed for several months, enabling the Æther spirit to infiltrate the Blæc magic, contributing to the complex flavours of this well rounded beer.

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3.1
Finn (8556) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2014
Flaske 0,5l. Spandert av Rune under hyggelig treff i WCveien 11 Jan 14. Svart. Høyt mokkafarget skum. Prikklacing. Aroma av sjokolade med et svakt syrlig preg. Smaken er syrlig med et forvirrende preg. Underlig.

3.6
Rune (14060) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2014
500ml bottle, 190 of 468, received from KnutAlbert exactly two years ago, thanks. The body is dark as pitch and topped by a creamy, tan-coloured head blanketing the glassware. Roasted dark malts on the nose joined by subdued fruity tartness. Developing taste character of roasted malts, tart berries and whisky hints leading to a malt bitter finish. Fine bodied. Tasty stuff (shared with good friends during a Saturday night party, Tromsø 11.01.2014).

3.7
madmitch76 (26850) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
18th December 2011
Opaque black beer. Semi dry palate. Fresh and minerally. Remarkably tangy, flirting with sour. Tangy dark fruits, sourish whisky, whisper of smoke. Off the beaten track.

3.6
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle from the Sheffield tap. This is so close to being amazing but its let down by a sour twang, almost like its not aged long enough but of course, it was.

3.9
johndoughty (5600) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle 198 of 468. Black with a big head which took some time to dissipate.Powerful and slightly Smokey. Quite complex and a pleasure to drink slowly.

3.7
KnutAlbert (6824) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2012
Bottle from myBrewerytap. Coffee, cocoa, sweetness, a little sour edge. Light, rather thin. Pitch dark. Not very pronounced whisky flavour.

3.9
Palme (4903) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2012
0.5l bottle #182 of 468 from myBrewerytap. This is a fantastic black beer with a almost magically enormous and lasting fluffy as hell ashy head. Some sour tones in the aroma. Lots and lots of chocolate and it’s also slightly woody with traces of distinct smoke. Quite full-bodied and it has a average carbonation level. The same wild-yeasty tones found in the aroma is most definitely also here in the flavor. My god, this tasted fantastic good paired with a heavy beef and a acidic Bearnaise sauce. It’s almost like having a #1 of Haandbryggeriets Odins Tripel. (Just the way I remember my #100 rating.) Ends with both chocolate and a lovely roasted finish. Not sure if it’s intended to taste like this, but for me this is pure niceness! 25.02.2012

3.2
Idiosynkrasie (8330) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 6, 2012
500ml bottle [#214 of 468]. Opaque black with huge lasting brown head. Aroma is dark malt, chocolate with fading blueberry notes, no longer noticeable after "decantation", and otherwise be replaced by whiskey notes. Taste is assimilable in the beginning, then a somewhat sparkling and sour taste comes in, making the finish a bit displeasing. Dry, sour, almost wine-like, in any case more Porter- than Stout-like in my opinion.

4.1
Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
15 June 2011, bottle at my last cgarvieuk tasting! 2010 version, 27 year old Balmenach. very dark amber colour w/ thin lacing. burnt chocolate stout with some noticeable woody notes and a bit of alcohol. full body and a tad fizzy. a bit sweeter and more syrupy than the Inchgower version. tart woodiness. like woody cherry juice and bitter stout. my favourite of the two 2010s that i tried.

3.5
Dedollewaitor (16586) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2011
Bottle @ Chris O’s. Thanks guys. Pours black with a creamy brown head and lacings. Fruit, roast and ashes. Oily and sticky. Very smooth. Nice.


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