caesar (7286) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2014
Bottled @ de Molen tasting, small sample. Dark color, short head. Aroma of huge peat, tar, medicine, iodine, bit roasted malts. Medium bitter with a sour twist most likely from the peated whisky. Bit thin in taste. I’m not a fan of peated stuff and this one is a bit too one-dimensional in the peat. Not my beer. jmgreenuk (10004) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle at the March 2014 De Molen monthly tasting. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin broken light tan head. The aroma is medicinal, band aid, peat, alcohol. The flavour is medium bitter light sour with a rich fruit liqourice malt palate Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Quite a shock initially, but it rapidly grew on me. I’d love to drink more and hopefully I will. dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2014
Handwritten Bottle pre labeling from the brewer. Thanks Meantime brewer and PP @ 2nd Tuesday tasting. Aroma is huge huge iodine, peat, smoke, chocolate, roast etc. Flavour is huge smokey, iodine, sourish roast notes, caramel etc. You’ve gotta like smokey iodine but if you do it great. Could have a bit more body to back up the huge flavours. deanso (10101) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - MAR 11, 2014
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting.
thin white head. Clear deep amber pour. Peaty aroma and peaty taste. Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle at monthly 2nd Tuesday tasting at De Molen, hosted by dEnk. Brown pour. Aroma has loads of peat, iodine and... Hospital. Flavor is quite spicy, slightly sour, Islay whisky and a hint of sweetness in the finish. Thin body.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Bottled 25/12/13. A black beer with a whitish head and lace. Islay smokiness in the nose but it’s quite thin. Good smoke and burnt roasty malts in the mouth. Doesn’t drink its strength. The Islay works nicely for me. Wouldn’t have thought this was in the barrel for two years. ABUSEDGOAT (2852) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Black pour, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate, caramel, light light barrel. Seriously I wouldn’t have guessed this was barrel aged. Medium to full body, somewhat bitter roasted finish. Pretty nice. koleminer20 (3976) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
750 mL bottle. Part of a tasting 11/24/2013 at Fraser’s Pub in Ann Arbor. The pour is a nice dark brown/black with a thin filmy head and no lace. The aroma is very heavy on the vanilla and a bit of bourbon with a nice smokey characteristic to it. The flavor is immediately bourbon heavy with coffee and chocolate taking the back seat. The flavor fizzles out quickly to a soft chocolatey finish Cantabrian (1161) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle, from some US online outlet. This is sold in the US as “Naval College Old Porter”, as American regulation will not allow the name “hospital” to be associated with a beer. Certainly an aggravating aspect would be the strong flavour of Dexamethasone (Decadron) that could convey the impression of anti-inflammatory properties. The beer looks lovely dark brown with a decent beige head. Aromas are fruity, with red currants and tart cherries, but the music gets out of tune with the strong Dexamethasone flavour, among chocolates, Ovaltine and filberts. The Islay malt only comes out much later, as it warms in the glass, adding the alcohol and the peat to the melange. There’s more carbonation than I’d want to see in such a beer. Not bad, but not even among my favourites for this broad style. Headbanger (4021) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
750ml bottle 10/29/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-46° in English Pint-Pours black with ruby tints. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, spicy peppers, oak, coffee, and chocolate. Taste of oak, malt, coffee, and chocolate. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and kicks ass.