chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the White Horse, Parsons Green during their American Beer Festival, July 2009. An aged special for the White Horse. As Ethereal says this definitely had a suggestion of paint in the aroma, but not in a bad way. Quite volatile. Markedly spirity (or should that be spirituous) but the whisky didnít come through particularly strongly. Some good chocolate notes in the flavour. Tasty stuff.
Alphadelic (2202) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ The White Horse:
A chocolate brown beer, flat and glass-coatingly thick. Aroma is very soft with deep chocolate, boozy acetone and crackly toffee sweetness. Sweet and huely chocolaty in the mouth. Sap and vanilla flavours roll into slightly more of a whiskey twinge later on containing not a little hint of burn. The finish becomes sweet and chocolaty once more. It is thick and easy with an almost Frijjô milkshake consistency, Surprisingly tight and easy with a great depth of flavour. A touch of smoke and coffee rear their head in the finish.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the White Horse, Parsons Green, 3rd July 09. Black with little head. Strong, alcoholic aroma with spirit hints, a bit like paint! Smooth, chocolatey, with a rich flavour. The alcohol is very evident though and this spoils the palate somewhat.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A Mes rate: cask handpull at the Sloany Pony.
This was a special for the White Horse festival that had been aged "apparently" in an Islay whisky barrel. There was certainly whisky in there but Iím also certain that it was not an Islay. Not a hint of the seaweed and iodine and peat as you would expect. A good looking beer, totally black with a slim but well behaved tan head. Thankfully not as over the top and chewy as the Meantime Scotch. I really donít think this one could handle it. A decent enough base stout but there is far too much whisky and barrel showing making it a little too hot to fully enjoy. Decent but not outstanding.