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Terms

abv: Alcohol By Volume

ncf: Non-Chill Filtered

ncs: Natural Cask Strength

nas: No age statement

10/22/10 Tasting

Dalmore Gran Reserve nas 40%
Northern Highlands

Nose: Orange, heather, fresh oak, and a bit spice

Palate: A nice sherry hit followed by heather and floral notes, fresh orange

Finish: Short but leaving you wanting for more. Some nice oak notes on the tail.



Oban Distillers Edition 14yr 43%
Western Highlands

Nose: Clean citrus, sherry, fruity again with a bit of smoke

Palate: Malt and orange, then oak notes with some spice

Finish: Nice warming spice with a long finish

Nice job Oban!





Bruichladdich 3D3 Norrie Campbell nas 46%
Islay

Nose: Big peat, smokey vanilla, bit of fruity notes with that peat coming at you again

Palate: First a big hit of peat, then smoke rises up followed by a nice sweetness with some toffee. Very clean though.

Finish: Nice peppery finish with some of the toffee sweetness and smoke

Beautiful and complex!



Springbank 1997 2nd Batch nas 54.9%
Campbeltown

Nose: Oak and sherry, sweet, butterscotch

Palate: Roasted malt, sherried and sweet

Finish: Spicy with some smoke and a wonderfully long finish






Bowmore Tempest 10yr 55.3%
Islay

Nose: Really nice round of smoke, wet bonfire, and sweetness, honey and toffee blending nicely with some oak and spice coming in late.

Palate: Big spice and smoke hit with oak and more spice

Finish: Again with the spice and smoke lingering getting some sweetness on the tail, long

Best of the night!




Kilchoman Royal Mile Whiskies Exclusive
Single Cask 3 yr 61.7%
Islay

Nose: Fresh peat with sweet toffee and fruit, vanilla, and orange peel

Palate: Peat with a sweet middle, vanilla and honey, citrus. Very much like the nose but a bit darker

Finish: Long and spicy with smoke and oak

Great addition to the ongoing releases from Kilchoman giving this one a big Hooo Rah for the cask strength.

Brew List

A nice mix of brews for this tasting! And YES, we will drink them all!

Tastings

Rock Art Brewery "Extreme Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout" 8% VT


Nose: Piney with some hops and a bit sappy, like walking through a pine forest


Palate: Smooth, malty, balanced, and clean with no overbearing flavors, especially the pumpkin or the spruce tips as one might expect


Finish: Light finish with a little spice and pumpkin on the tail.




The Bruery "Autumn Maple" 10% CA


Nose: Left over turkey dinner ?? Sweet potatoes


Palate: Very sweet with a heavy maple hit


Finish:  Non-existent.


This one for sure is a strange one, Not one I’d recommend





Olfabrikken "Porter" 7.5% Denmark


Nose: Dark roasted malt and caramel with a fruity sweetness


Palate: Creamy and rich with dark chocolate and espresso


Finish: medium long with a little bitterness on the tail.


Don’t miss this one!!!!





Dark Horse "Perkulator" Coffee Dopplebach 7.5% Michigan


Nose: Coffee


Palate: Light


Finish: Nothing


No guts, no glory. (Yawn)





Mikkeller "Black Hole" Whisky Barrel Aged 13.1% Denmark


Nose: Smoke with a subtle whiskey note


Palate: Sweet, stewed fruit, whiskey


Finish: Roasted malt with smoke on the tail






Southern Tier “Imperial Pumking”  9% abv, NY


Nose: Pumpkin & spice  - Great balance


Palate: Like drinking pumkin pie, yet well within the realms of a great light lager


Finish: Pleasant, medium short


Outstanding! A must for all. I find pretty much anything Southern Tier puts out is very unique and well balanced with great depth of flavor.




Dogfish Head “Punkin Ale” 7% abv, DE


Nose: Fresh hops, spice


Palate: Good balance, light pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, full body


Finish: Short and enjoyable





Avery “Kaiser” Imperial Oktoberfest 10.03% CO


Nose: Wonderfully malty, fresh fruit


Palate: Full bodied, clean, malty, and sweet with a hop notes


Finish: Medium and refreshing with no bitterness


Super Ocktobefest! Probably the best we’ve had in years.

Just look at this crowd! Seems like everyone is having a great time of it. We welcome Dave into the group with a hearty Slainte Mhath! It was sure a fun time with a lot of great brews and single malts.


And here are some words
of wisdom from Brother Brew...

The horse and mule live thirty years

And never knows of wines and beers.

The goat and sheep at twenty die

Without a taste of scotch or rye.

The cow drinks water by the ton

And at eighteen is mostly done.

The dog at fifteen cashes in

Without the aid of rum or gin.

The modest, sober, bone-dry hen

Lays eggs for noggs and dies at ten.

But sinful, ginful, rum-soaked men

Survive three-score years and ten.

And some of us...though mighty few

Stay pickled 'til we're ninety-two.