loscovar (648) - Trieste, ITALY, Villeneuvette, FRANCE - SEP 8, 2017 tipsytoad (85) - - DEC 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My second bottle of this fairly pricey beer. Given the relatively poor quality of the regular Orkney beers now I was pleased to find that it was brewed by Rob Hill (the original brewer) who made Orkney into one of the best in the UK until it was taken over. This beer is excellent, with lots of whisky, chocolate and fruit in the nose and some oak.
Bottle near Inverness, Scotland. As Drk isld rsrv. 2015 vintage. Wow, this is great staff. Roasted malts, perfectly balanced whit a wooden whiskey aroma. Genius beer!! shawnmurphy (580) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2017
Large bottle was a gift from my friend Damon from his distillery/brewery visit last year in Scotland – thanks, Damon! It pours nearly opaque black with some tan highlights when held up to bright light, along with creamy tan lacing (head dissipates immediately). Aroma: figs, dates, prunes, raisins, molasses, smoke, ash, espresso. Flavor: all of the above, ramped up, along with black pepper, cigar, caramelized brown sugar, oak, Scotch whisky, earth, vanilla beans. Mouthfeel: full-bodied, rich, oily. It romances my taste buds. TheBeerMason (7) - - JUN 11, 2017 does not count
I really enjoyed this, a bit different but very tasty.
Got it as a present from a friend who got it from fairtex convention. cmacklin (1272) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 18, 2017
750ml bottle. Pours an opaque mahogany with a thin, creamy, short lived, fully dissipating, brown head. Sweet aroma of figs, prunes, raisins, roasted malt, caramel, oak and just a hint of whisky. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, figs, prunes, raisins, licorice, molasses, tobacco, caramel, chocolate, vanilla and oak with a warming whisky finish. Full body with a creamy, smooth, rich, oily texture and soft carbonation. Excellent complexity. Almost sinful. A world class old ale. colui72 (1082) - HONG KONG - APR 14, 2017
Pitch black, with no sign of carbonation, head or lacing: motor oil. However aroma is fantastic: strong wood infused in whiskey, smoke, vanilla and berries. Tastes follow the nose, with wood, whiskey, smoke, leather, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla and dark fruits, medium sweet with a dry finish. Slick mouthfeel, booze very well hidden. A real ale. Fantastic!
Graham77 (514) - SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2017
750ml bottle. The aroma is pleasant with chocolate, smoke & whsiky. The taste promises much but fails to deliver with a chocolatey sweetness then a vinious astringency in the middle. Full flavoured but not near as good as I expected. Considering the £20 price paid it probably doesn’t deserve the score given likeatrainwreck (573) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2017
Hmm... like a few below have mentioned, I think my bottle must have been from a bad batch... I’m getting very little of the flavours people are mentioning in other reviews, it’s all overpowered by a dry, vinous tartness. Bit weird... going to have to seek it out again and re-review if it is indeed a bad batch, as it stands I didn’t enjoy this very much at all. Antzrhere (181) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2017 330ml bottle, House of Bruar. Aroma is quite inviting, vanilla, roast. First taste is burnt dry roast, smokey peat but followed by a strong sherry-like sourness. Slightly thin for the style. I couldnt tell if the sourness was intentional or mistaken. Very unusual, but off putting. I didnt enjoy this beer and at £10 a bottle I expected alot more. From reading other good reviews I wonder if this is a bad batch as the tanginess was very pronounced as if it contained Lactobacillus UXO (1896) - CANADA - FEB 13, 2017
Appearance: near opaque black with a short, short-lived beige head, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: burnt sugar, black strap molasses, dark chocolate, wood, dried fruit, cardboard. (5/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium body, low carbonation, lingering moderate bitter finish. (3/5)
Looks kind of like a stout, but tastes like a cross between a Barley Wine and an Old Ale. Quite a bit thinner than I’d’ve expected based on its appearance. Seems a bit oxidised, so I guess it was a mistake to cellar a flip-top for more than three years. A bit meh, especially for the price. (12/20) Svesse (8731) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2017
(Bottle, bottled on 10 Dec 2008) Black colour with brief, foamy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with caramel, dark chocolate, roasted malt, oak wood, vanilla, dark fruit. raisins and vinous hints of whiskey. Malty, roasted taste with notes of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, raisins, liquorice, oak wood, molasses, hints of malt vinegar, a touch of smoke and a finish with a balanced, slightly salty bitterness and a warming whiskey touch. Full body, with a certain sweetness. Complex and with lots of character, still quite laid-back and well rounded. Excellent beer.