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Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project: No. 7 Ardbeg Whisky

Brewed by Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Tildonk, Belgium


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Subtlety is not exactly a feature that can be attributed to this beer, it immediately grabs you by the throat and shows that it was matured Ardbeg-barrels, a whiskey known and renowned for its stunning and intense peated aroma. This fragrance fills then your nose and leads you to a well-stocked cigar box from the finest cedar wood, with a mixture of allspice, nutmeg and ignited matches. The mouth feel is rich and syrupy reminiscent of molasses, with the warm benevolence of generous alcohol contained. After the oil and leathery base of the peat, combines the superb taste the sweet, fresh notes of dried fruit and apricot with the roundness of honey in the background complemented with impressions of malt vinegar and smoked salmon. The aftertaste is long and compelling, robust and overwhelming like the beer itself, definitely not for wimps!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4978) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Bottle share in the lobby at the RBSG. Poured amber. Nose of smoke. Medium plus body. Flavor is sweet and the barrel aging is interesting Different for sure and not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (4571) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 23, 2016
ight yellow golden burnt orange color. insanely salty and overpowering scotch presence. insanely woody the aroma is actually really great. a really great malt presence here. sweet, caramel, a little corn, sugar, the whiskey man. I love scotch. great use of the ardbeg barrels. cigars, salt, caramel. lovely

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9638) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2016
RBSG 2016, hotel lobby share. Bottle. Light golden amber, a bit hazy. Massive leathery peat aroma, crazy peatiness!! The palate is cloyingly sweet however, which clashes with the amazing Ardbeg character. The base beer here does not pair well with the barrel character. Very interesting though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (15260) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Bottle - no label taken - pours blonde - nose/taste of peat whiskey, molasses, cigar box, sweet fruit - medium body

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (11310) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle at RBSG Lobby Share. Pours a hazy copper with small white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong scotch, wood, leather. Medium body, peat, scotch, lots of heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (13178) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle - Peat, smoke and iodine. Clear gold. Sweet Woody peat and some vegetal notes. Wish it tasted as good as it smelled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6858) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Sampled at rbsg. Coppery and hazy. An off white head. Whiskey aroma. That and grain are tasted. Big obtrusive smoke. Meat. Some interesting fruit. Not a fan of the smoke. Without that I would like this a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimsRatings (421) - - NOV 15, 2014
On tap at Busy Bee (Raleigh) For some reason I'm not picking up the peatiness others have described. It is a good beer, especially for a chilly Saturday afternoon. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Trappist1 (646) - Diest, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2014
750ml bottle, amber brownish color with a small beige head. nose: peated is dominating, hints of cacoa butter, caramel but also earthy. Taste is heavily peated, definitely an Islay whisky. Alcohol is very well present. Finish is initial bitter, then sweet. Carbonated. Okey Barrel experiment, but too peated, too one-dimensional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThirstyBird (2655) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2013
75cl bottle courtesy of tderoeck @ RBBSG II. Appears golden brown with a small loose head. Smell is peat and some sweet malt. The taste is super sweet malt, peat and grass. Medium body with mild carbonation.

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