harrisoni (16728) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Madmitch 20k tasting. Dark brown beer lasting tan head. Cinnamon and spice aroma. Worcester sauce. Quite sweet and tasty though. Good I thought.
Theydon_Bois (16006) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Madmitch76 20K tasting, thanks to Kenny, 15/01/16.
Dark mahogany brown with little in the way of a head.
Nose is chocolate, spice, Cinabon loaf, light wood and herbals.
Taste comprises light spice, sprucey wood, chocolate cinnamon brownie, light soy, root ginger, chocolate orange.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Decent for style and this 2008 vintage has aged well.
Koelschtrinker (15817) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 2, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Malzig-süßer Geruch, klebrig, karamellig, etwas alkoholisch. Sehr karamelliger und eigener merkwürdiger Antrunk, unpassend, melonig-süß, etwas brennend. Mehrere Aromen funken hier unpassend zueinander gleichzeitig, sehr süß, zum Ende bodenständiger werdend. Mir ZU eigen! Vielen Dank an den Doppelbock! /8//4/8/10/7
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a dark chestnut sort of color with a finger’s worth of khaki colored head.
S: A very surprising amount of oxidation to this beer. Lots of stale brown sugar notes and stale hop character. Some mild cardboard to go with it. There’s still some decent sweetness from some toffee and molasses and a fair amount of roast.
T: There’s a surprising level of bitterness to this beer, with a bit of an earthy hop character. Mostly molasses, in terms of the sugars, with a fair amount of licorice. There’s quite a bit of alcohol to it, especially as it warms up.
M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and alcohol heat on the finish.
D: My first beer of the Eccentric series, but this wasn’t really for me.
Oakes (14842) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, some haze. Complex smokey, plummy, figgy nose with turbinado sugars and sweating mirepoix. Crazy palate - again smokey with dark fruit, a splash of alcohol, and intense dark sugars. Soft body and a warming finish. A unique and incredibly flavourful experience.
jtclockwork (13276) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 Bottle thanks to MSante79. Pours cola brown. Nose of soy sauce, fig, plum and dates. Taste of wasabi ginger, fig, plum, dates and soy sauce. Nice mouthfeel. Unique and interesting.
argo0 (12856) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2003 (7/14/03 -- 2000 Vintage): Murky brown body with small off-white head. Aroma is sweet (molasses), light grapefruit, and ginger. Taste is sweet, rich, caramel, big malty, grapefruit hoppy, vinous, some ginger, barleywinish -- damned fine aged beer. (11/14/02): (2001 Vintage?) Muddy brown body. Aroma of grapefruit and ginger. Flavor is ginger, with some bitterness. Not to be consumed in large quantities. (6/3/5/3/11)
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a hazy mahogany body with a spare beige head. Aroma of bread, toffee, ashes, and dark fruits. Flavor of toffee, caramel malt, bread, molasses, and charred.
mcberko (12439) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from northernbrews (thanks a lot, Jeff), pours near-black with an amber tinge and a small tan head. Aroma is fairly exotically spiced, with mystery spices, some caramel malt and lots of syrup, maybe a bit of molasses too. Flavour is deep and rich, with loads of the various syrup coming through, and lots of the spices coming through which are surprisingly really well incorporated. Finishes lightly spicy and maple syrupy, cloys quite a bit. I’m usually not at all a fan of spiced beers, but this works fairly well as a spicy, big heavy black beer of some kind. Quite enjoyable.
Scopey (11560) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Ken, shared at his very own 20K tasting. This particular bottle dates back to 2008. It pours near black with a small off-white head. The nose is umami, meaty, cinnamon, twig, wood, grassy, Worcestershire sauce crisps, earth and some oxidised notes. The taste is bitter - sweet, liquorice, oily, pretty spicy, cinnamon, slick alcohol, molasses and tangy dark fruits. Medium body and fine carbonation. Interesting for a taster, but not sure how much of this I would/could drink.