jercraigs (10556) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
2010-10-09. Black body with a modest foamy tan head. Flavour starts out with a good dose of sweet whisky overtones, woody vanilla character. Warming alcohol, muted roast, sweet dark malt. 7+ Aroma is sweet, vanilla and woody alcohol, whiskey character, mild sweet malt core. 7+ Smooth medium bodied palate suits the beer. I suspect it benefits from the aging as the barrel aging is relatively well rounded despite being the most prominent aspect of the beer. Enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. August 2, 2009 bottle from last Christmas via Tuqueboy Oakes (17815) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
Very dark brown. No head. This looks oily and maybe flat. Big aroma - the peat-tinged saltiness of Highland Park shows through along with rich dark fruits (plum, pear, grape), burnt treacle and other such sugary nuances. Sweet, soft fruity character with hints of slightly peaty whisky towards the middle. The finish continues with sweetness. There is a certain whiskeyish vibrancy to the body - it crosses the palate something like a dram as it does an oily ale. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle shared by Turdferguson - thanks, Sam! Oily dark pour like some of the other Harviestoun brews I’ve had, thick and sludgy in more or less the ways one craves in this style. Maple, oak, and scotch in the nose, far more complex than I guess I was expecting. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with a touch of chalkiness on the finish. Flavors yield some chocolate and mild smoke in addition to what’s in the aroma. Yummy stuff. GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2010
This is one of those beers: it’s really wonderful, with lots of oak, vanilla, peat, smoke, etc (and the whiskey flavor comes through much more than the 30 year). It’s an excellent beer. But I can’t give the "overall" rating more than this because is it really worth the price? I’m glad I tasted it (thanks Matt) but I don’t think it lives up to its price. Bendrixian (1514) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
Had these in a flight of Old engine oil, 12,16,30,40. I found this one to be drier than the 30 year old, with an aroma that is more fruit cake like and overall more balanced. It is the smoother beer and there is peatness there but I did find the 30 yr old to be more exiting.
RW80 (2587) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2014
Appearance: Pours black with a finger thick, small creamy tanned head.
Aroma:caramelised malts, prunes, dark chocolate, oak ,peat, hint of spice, and alcohol.
Taste:he taste is malt, dark chocolate, spice, peat, and moderate alcohol.
soft carbonation, medium body
Johnsense (1688) - - OCT 12, 2014
pitch black pour, small head. whisky and char aroma. flavour is still big on the whiskey 4 years later. peat, dark toffee, char, light smoke. medium body. omhper (25249) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2017
Bottled at AndySnow tasting. Very dark brown, small coarse head. Caramelly nose with mild whisky. Mid sweet with medium body and well rounded mouthfeel. Low bitterness. Nice. Pinball (12166) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2009
dark brown, small light brown head.
aroma of coffee, roasted stuff. nice.
flavor is nicely sweet malty, licorice, many notes. madsberg (11773) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2009
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Light brown head. aroma of ripe fruits, spice, roast, chocolate and liqourice. flaovur of vanilla, soy sauce, liqourice, chocolate, alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Roasty and chocolaty end. Nice.