djoeye (4804) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2017
Rune (13182) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2017
Aroma; fruity roasted malts, prune, raisin, herbal malts, caramels. Look; low beige top, black body. Taste; wineous fruity malts, herbal malts, fruit jam, whisky, oak, fruity liquorice - warming finish with chocolate and dark fruits. Feel; good, soft, semi dry. Overall; strong good wineous sipper. [33cl.btl 13% BB12/2017 [email protected]
330ml bottle bought at the wonderful Tuckers Maltings in September last year. Fawn-colured head over a black body. Dotted spots on the glass. Malt-fruity nose, sweet. Taste of syrup, jam and oak. Long-lived, peaty ending, drying and sweet. Classic slow sipper (Shared with Finn at djoeye at a rating session in Tromsø, 11.02.2017). Finn (7833) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2017
Flaske 330ml fra Tuckers Maltings. Delt med djoeye & Rune i heimen 11 Feb 17. Svart. Lavt mokkafarget skum. Lett sherryaroma. Smaken vinøs. Preg av torv. Alkoholen fantastisk godt integrert. JK (6230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle at the London Tasting, October 2016. My notes said this was from a clear bottle, I can’t imagine why any brewer would do that. Very heavy roast on the malt aroma, and there is some smoke which I attribute to the unnamed Islay whisky and well as the nearly burnt grain. Heavy palate, and some flavor of wood ashes in the finish. Theydon_Bois (20136) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2016
Bottle split at the JK tasting, 04/10/16.
Black with a moderate tan cap.
Nose is prayed malts, spice, dark chocolate, toffee, dusty wood.
Taste comprises dark malts, dark fruit tang, tannins, spice, charr, meaty depths, peaty tang.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, drying close.
Better than I expected for a 3 to 4 year old clear glass affair. Mellow barreled number but a little stale and low end for style.
mR_fr0g (12873) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle shared at the CBC Islington for the jk tasting. Many thanks to Colin for this one.. A viscous dark brown coloured pour with a a small tan head, viscous. Aroma is hot alcohol, paint, green apple, burnt sugars. Flavour is composed of meaty soy, oxo, veg, burnt sugars. Palate is sticky sweet, sugary, hoy alcohol, no very good. Lingering hot alcohol. teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 6, 2016
33cl bottle shared at JK tasting, London. Many thanks to Cloin for this one. It pours a clean dark brown color with a minimal bubbly beige head. Aroma is tangy fruity sweet with notes of sea ropes, roasted malts and cocoa nibs. Taste is also roasty malty with notes of dark chicokate, raspberries, seaweed and ashes. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, very nice danlo (3128) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours black in colour with no head. Nose of smokey peated whisky, some roast malt and yeasty notes. Taste is sweet, roasted malt, molasses, peaty, smoked, boozy, warming, bitter coffee, dried fruits, raisins, and with some leathery bitterness. Oily and smooth mouthfeel, full to medium bodied, low carbonation, dry earthy roasted bitter finish. Quite sippable. Grumbo (3451) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2016
Bottle shared with D&C at the 1st Ipswich bottle share (West Country themed). Saved this one to be the evenings finisher. Expected big things. But it was pretty awful. Maybe, in a clear bottle, it had spoilt whilst being haphazardly stored in the small shop in Seaton, Devon, from where it was bought? Maybe we need to have another one sometime to see if that was the case, as was really hoping for a ’wow’ to end the night from a style we enjoy but just got an ’urgh’. It poured black, and lifeless. Most unpleasant aroma, rather putrid. Tasted a little better, rather sweet, light bitterness. Texture slick and oily. Peaty finish and over-powering alcohol. DruncanVeasey (8261) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle from Teign Cellars, Newton Abbot, Devon sampled in (new) bed, 04/05. Uncaps without a hiss of carbonation, pours Ink still with a loose tan halo retreating to the outmost periphery of the glass. Aroma a clandestine teenage sniff of sherry or stickily unstoppered Bell’s from the back of Mum and Dad’s cocktail cabinet c1991 not touched since 1981. Flavour meatier and more serious with squishy black dried grape fruit merging into more dominant smoked goodies; jerky, Bovril, BBQ sauce and fat sweet bourbon suggestions; an almost Schlenkerla-like pitch of cocoa-dusted smoothness. Sweet, syrupy and discreetly fruity with the sweetness well tempered by smoke. Retronasal cherry liqueur chocolates. Finally umami, leather and a hint of mushroom-like dankness. Thick and complex with bags of character from the barrel and probably all the better for being a little date expired. An anaesthetising chin-stroker of deep meditative power, smoke and silk.