76 / 100
330ml brown bottle purchased from the brewery by my Dad. Shared with him and Sam. Bottled on "something"/14, but it's written in texta and is partially rubbed off. That's how you know it's good.
Pours a reddish amber character, quite hazed with an off-white head of coarse bubbling. Lacing forms in mild streaks, but overall, it's a little bit light. Very fine carbonation sites in a pleasantly weighty body. Looks pretty decent.
Nose is wonderfully peaty and smoky. Quite awesome medicinal brightness, with an underlying weird tropical character almost like pineapple and guava. It's smooth and rich under all of this as well, which gives it enough gravity and body to warrant the weirdnesses. I like it a lot.
Taste is also very good. There's a really nice cleanness to the body, but the beer persists with it's wonderful peaty notes that even turn a little bit peppery towards the back. The cleanness on the palate allows the sharp, smoky notes to shine, and it really works quite nicely.
Feel is a little thin, but it's OK.
Overall, I like it a lot. There's a lot of peaty smoky character to it that's really allowed to shine. And all of this is based on a surprisingly drinkable beer. It's good stuff.
73 / 100
Purchased by my Dad at the brewery. Shared with him and Sam when he brought it back to Australia. Aged is Islay and Speyside whisky casks.
Pours a pleasant dark brown, with a slight reddish tinge to it. Head is a slightly coarse ring of pale brown that leaves some mild speckled lacing. Body has a bit of weight behind it. Which is pleasant enough.
Nose is very malty, but with a sweet cereal quality that cuts through it a lot. Slightly leafy tone around the edges gives it a hint of tobacco and salty earth. It's decent enough, but it has a thin savoury quality that stops it from being really excellent.
Taste is actually a lot better, because there's a bit more weight supporting it. Pleasant deep dark bitter chocolate has some weight, while the minerally, earthy quality gives it a complexity to work and be truly interesting. Slight salty finish makes it light on the finish, but it's pleasant enough, and this aids the drinkability.
Feel has a bit of weight, despite the crisp characters. It works nicely.
Overall, it's certainly interesting. The mineral qualities give it a peaty, Scotch quality which is very pleasant. I like it.
Whisky cask-aged imperial stout, brought back from Scotland by father.
Pours a dark chocolate colour, beige head, whispy with very large bubbles. Specks of lace. Nothing too exciting.
Smells like vegemite. Yeast extract, rich and spicy. Touch of chocolate and a fair saltiness. Luckily I quite like it, but I sense it might be a bit old, or just some odd characters are starting to come to the fore.
Taste is not as robust. Still has some chocolate notes, quite rich and cocoa-heavy, then some salty, savoury, mineral notes. Still somewhat yeast extracty. Finishes cleaner and slightly sweeter than it started though. Not bad.
Decent body, has an interesting texture on the back - boozey without sharpness.
A decent drop, nothing too special and for the strength, has a slightly muted vibe.
75 / 100
Bottle brought back from Scotland by Father and shared with us.
Pours a brown-tinged amber, quite cloudy. Head is off-white, whispy bubbles. Doesn't leave much lacing. Not bad.
Smells peaty. But weird peaty. Burnt fossils, yeah a bit of petroleum, but also lots of sweetness giving raisins and brandy. Maybe sherry-cask too. Smells like a nicely casked Islay whiskey. Pleasant.
Taste is smoky, a fair bit more mild than the nose - meaty upfront, descends into dry, tobacco ashy mid, with lots of burnt carbon peaty character. Boggy, earthy, with notes of pepper steak and burgundy all with a touch of sweetness and maybe an unfortunate hint of solvent. Finishes lovely, sweet and pleasant though.
Decent body, a bit ashy-dry textured on the back.
Very pleasantly reined-in, well controlled peaty goodness. Good smoky-sweet balance with a bold character.
500ml bottle bought by my dad in Loch Ness and brought back to Australia for me. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.
Pours, indeed, a truly red hue, with a filmy but relatively fine head of off-white. Speckled, persistent lacing. Body is actually quite thick and holds fine carbonation in its gelatinous thrall. Looks decent enough.
Nose is fruity from the get-go. I'm getting red appleskin, but not in the bad ethyl hexanoate kind of way. Otherwise solid, slightly chewy malt characters and a clean English hop aroma. Later a little white pepper comes in as well. It's quite pleasant.
Quite light and subdued on the palate. Mild mid-coloured English malt characters come through, with a slight sketching of earthy hops providing a counterpoint. Finish is light but persistent, with a smooth finish that doesn't abbreviate itself.Some slight earth and wood-toned hops make an encore appearance just before the end. Pleasant enough.
Feel is relatively smooth, but tending towards being a little thin.
Overall, It's decent stuff, but a little forgettable. There's certainly nothing wrong with it, but neither is there anything that makes me stand up and take notice. A solid English-style bitter that does its job on nothing more.
81 / 100
500ml bottle purchased from the brewery for my by my dad. Shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.
Pours a pleasant, oily black, with a fitful, but reasonable head of mocha-beige. Lacing is great, forming persistently wherever it moves. Body is solid, even for its 4.1% ABV. Fine carbonation. Looks good.
Dark, cocoa-rich chocolate, with a pleasant floral rose overtone on the nose. Hint of smokiness to it to give it a dab of added complexity. Very chocolate-heavy though, giving it a rich sweet fullness. It's extremely pleasant.
Taste is also very good. Rich, pleasant sweetness, more of that wonderful chocolate character laced with a brittle smoky or char roasted flavour around the edges. The body is still smooth, but light from its low volume. This means despite the depth of flavour, it's extremely drinkable.
Feel is smooth and undoubtedly light, but with a fullness to supply everything the body needs.
This was a really good beer: I didn't expect it to be quite as good as this. The richness that comes despite the sessionability is almost alchemical. It's smooth and sweet in flavour but light and drinkable despite this. Really wonderful stuff.