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Bowmore 15 Years Old Mariner
September 27, 2013, 4:52 pm
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Pour: Slight amber gold.

Nose: Apple, hint of smoke, very clean, fresh and refined. With water, some dark fruit and vanilla. Sense of earth. Very enticing and pleasant yet refined nose.

Palate: Apple, pronounced sea salt, Atlantic waters and air. Modest, lingering wood smoke at the end; the peat is earthy. Dry.

Cultured, refined and enjoyable whiskey. As an Islay single malt, the peatiness is not as pronounced as other Islay whiskeys like Laphroaig. The balance between sweetness and the smoke is very well done. One of my favorite whiskeys.


Feral Brewing Company Hop Hog India Pale Ale
September 27, 2013, 3:42 pm
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Pour: Ridiculously huge 4-finger off-white head in my goblet with bubbles that expand and grow bigger before breaking down into foam. Body is a hazy dark tangerine. Looks ferocious and feisty!

Nose: Very pronounced smells of tropical fruits, lychee, grapefruit, peach, nectarine, mango, which leaps at my nose. Very sweet-smelling, fresh and promising. Almost organic.

Palate: Light on the tongue. Very smooth for its type. Very fruity and aromatic, lychee, grapefruit, orange marmalade. Hops may be tasted but it is not strong and overwhelming. Sense of pepper at the end.

This is a very interesting and enjoyable IPA. The focus is on the aroma and nose, and a very pronounced taste of tropical fruits. The typical substantial bitter hoppiness of an IPA is not found here. Instead, it is an aggressively fruity and aromatic beer, yet with a surprisingly smooth and light taste. It is perfumy, almost like a Gerwurztraminer. Really good beer. One of the best IPAs I had so far. Better than the Little Creatures ales. Just wished that the hops were a bit more pronounced to balance the sweet nose and tastes.

St Bernardus Pater 6
September 27, 2013, 2:40 pm
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Pour: Two-finger yellow-brown head with big bubbles in my St Bernardus goblet. Very hazy, bootstrap yellow-brown. Earthy-looking. Looks very intriguing and robust.

Nose: Definitely bread and malt. Some sweet caramel.

Palate: Carbonated, candy, malt, bread, raisins, mellows out at the end. Full mouthfeel, almost creamy. Taste of tea. Very smooth and clean for a beer of this type. Finish is thin. Tastes funky towards the bottom of the goblet.

This seems to be better and more distinctive than the St Bernardus 12, which received fantastic reviews online. Somehow, I prefer this. Delicious beer. But not as complex as the Trappistes Rocheforts, which, to me, ranks above St Bernardus.

The Macallan 18 Years Old Sherry Oak
September 25, 2013, 2:26 pm
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Pour: Light mahogany.

Nose: Very strong honey, apple, nectar notes. Citrus. Some spice.

Cinnamon. Hint of vanilla. Can smell the wood and dried fruit, after adding some water.

Palate: Very smooth and light. Pronounced wood smoke at the end. Sense of spice. Orange.

Finish: Dry. Some salt. Even ginger. Very refined, somewhat mellow.

Very decent. Rich and satisfying. However, I prefer the Estate Reserve, because it seems to be that much more potent and striking. Overall, I like Macallan for its variety of flavour, which may be somewhat unorthodox, and hence surprising and intriguing with each dram.


Added some water right from the start, really opens up the subtle smells and flavours.
Nose: Honey, vanilla, candied fruits. Hint of smoke.
Palate: Vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, salt, ginger. Faint smoke at the end.
It seems more refined and subtle now, and I am able to perceive more complexities, and more dimensions of flavours. This is growing on me.

Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
September 20, 2013, 3:51 pm
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Pour: Light brown, frothy head. Very dark brown body.

Nose: Creamy nuts, roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, even milk and cream as it warms. Very inviting and robust nose.

Palate: Chocolate, malty, roasted coffee, sweet, full-bodied and robust, yet very light and smooth at the end, butter taste. Very light on the palate at the end, which is surprising for its style. Sense of carbonation.

Fantastic. Ranks up there with one of the best stouts. Very tasty and approachable. The most distinctive aspect of this beer is how it is rich and creamy on the nose and palate, yet resolves itself into a very light and dry aftertaste. It takes a lot of skill and craft to make such a complex and interesting beer.

Trappistes Rochefort 10
September 20, 2013, 1:42 pm
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Pour: Huge, very foamy, off-white, yellow head. Very dark brown, seductive body.

Nose: Very strong bread note, pumpernickel. Candy, rum, raisins.

Palate: Immediate explosion of big tastes. Nuts, raisins, candy, chocolate, candied fruit, syrup, jam. Very complex, robust and rich. Very very delicious. Hint of a bitter finish, slight warming effect at the end. When the beer is fully warmed up, suprising taste of mould and musty smell.

Epic. Absolutely fantastic, best of its class (Belgian quadrupel) and one of the best beers out there period. It is strong at 11.3%, and it shows. And every bit worth it. So very, very good. I wish the bottle doesn’t run out, ever.

Yamazaki 12 Years
September 19, 2013, 2:54 pm
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Yamazaki 12 Years

Pour: Slightly dark gold, very attractive
Nose: Very sweet, honey
Palate: Very sweet, honey, fruit, not totally dry. Coconut.
Finish: Sweet.

A very pleasant and welcoming whiskey, although not outstanding. Predominant taste is sweetness with almost no smoke. Yamazaki 25 years is still the best.


Lemon, sweet but thin nose. Smoke kicks in after I added some water. I find it better this time. It is definitely a predominantly sweet whiskey.