IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 24, 2008
11.2 oz bottle (0357/Sept07) ($16.79)from Country Club Liquors; Big foam almost came out of the bottle top; Black, brown edges, and a big cinnamon tan lightly laces the glass; Nose more chocolate than the other 2 without the fruit, mostly chocolate nose with some vanilla accents and a little bitterness, which also is the finish. I think they needed a much bigger beer to work with the Highland Park barrels because I got little in the way of woodiness or scotch from these very expensive beers! JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 Cask @ Beer Table, Brooklyn. Pours black with a small tan to off-white head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, bit of chocolate. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, smoke and oak, just a touch of peaty acidity. smooth, no edges, very mellow -- takes its time showing off its different facets. There’s definitely a complexity here, the flavors don’t tend to be muddled, but rather tend to separate a bit during the tasting process. Mouthfeel is oily, appropriate to the name, slick, matches the smooth body perfectly. A bit of bittersweet and roasted bitterness in the finish, along with lingering remnants of the tastes of vanilla and chocolate, smoke and oak. Wonderful beer. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
bottle. A very good and complex brew. Full mouthfeel. Mild scotch whiskey presence. Very good. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2008
My second favorite of the bunch (12, 16, 30 year). This is the most balanced of the bunch. Very mellow and smooth, what it lacks however is the accents that make a great beer what it is. The body is awesome to drink, but there is nothing exceptional about it. The HUGE smokiness in the 16 is minimized but at the same time, you don’t get the great variation in textures and tastes that are there in the 12. Overall, great but lacking that last bit to put it as the best of the three. hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is comprised of notes of pipe tobacco, very peaty scotch, smoke, wood and unsweetened chocolate. Full-bodied with a whole milk mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Malty with undertones of caramel, bittersweet chocolate, scotch whiskey, smoke and wood. Moderate to medium sweetness; moderate to medium charred, woodsy, boozy bitterness. Woodsy, smoky and boozy finish.
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Pours dark brown/black, with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, whiskey, smoke, wood, and a little coffee. Flavor is smoke, whiskey, wood, roasted malt, and chocolate. Body is a bit thin. A very interesting beer. ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Sept 2007 Bottle Number 11372<P>
Pours deep brown - less black than its little siblings, 16 and 12. Low carbonation , a head so light it barely reaches around the rim. Smells of roasted malts, whiskey, coffee. First sip is smooth with a malty, whiskey almond taste that finishes woody, dry and bitter. Compared to 12 and 16 in this release, 30 does not appear as complex as the cask flavor dominates.<P>
Those 30 year casks will fool you on the ABV. It has the taste of a huge ABV. It comes in at a mere 8%.
Way under carbonation but still very, very tasty!
rajendra82 (1103) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
The individually boxed package with a clinky neck ornament exuded pure class. The beer was poured into a humble mug, and it graced it with a pitch black appearance and a two finger thick beige head. The smell was more typical of a Dry Stout than an Old Ale. It smelled pretty roasty, with a lot of coffee and chocolate. The taste was along the same vein, but the whisky barrel aging was more apparent here. The roasty flavors were mellower than the smell suggested, and there were overtones of vanilla and prunes. The body was soft and oily (which was quite appropriate I suppose). Quite good, but not a whole lot different than the time I sample my stouts with some dark chocolate. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Bottle shared courtesy of Axilla. Tasted side by side iwth the 16 & 30 year versions. Poured a deep brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of wood, bourbon, whiskey, smoke, vanilla, earthy, and wood. Tastes of whiskey, smoke, vanilla, wood, and chocolate. Out of the 3, whiskey was the most prominent characteristic (and I do like whiskey). axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Poured a deep brown body with a small tan head lace. The aroma was a bit harsher than the other 2 with a lot othe the same, choclate, vanilla, smokey, notes found in the others. The flavor started of on the bitey side with sweet smoke, dry oak, stronger scotch characteristics, choc, and very mild vanilla.