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BlackBar Elusive Digit [2012]

Formerly brewed at BlackBar
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Cambridge, England


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottled; Special.
Gyle 0047 - the year isn’t actually stated on the label, but has been for subsequent years.

I will also be releasing Elusive Digit a 8.5% winter beer in bottle as well. This is a limited run once a year brew. I wanted to brew a strong abbey style beer that will age well in bottles. I have released a few bottles in limited tastings and so far the feed back is very good. I myself have brewed this beer for the winter to enjoy while sitting after or even before the mid winter feast. But also to cellar for next winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7829) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours deep brown, nose is caramel, roasted, berries, taste is rich, sweet, dark fruit, little sickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (7166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown with a thin ring of head. Aromas of coffee, sherry. Taste is more coffee, chocolate, more sherry. Finishes light sweet and boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (18566) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2015
bottle at home ... dark black ... thin tan lacing .. soft blackcurrant fruits ... soft chocolate roast .. big berries nose ... soft sweet berrier .. blackcurrant fruits ... soft fruit .. oily roast .. sweet malts ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2013
[330ml bottle] Pours deep brown, thin cream-coloured lacing. Aroma is deep chocolate, some grass and hay. Taste is almost there, lots of umami, finishes into deep chocolate that lasts like downing a chocolate milk. There’s a cheesy tang in there at the beginning of the taste I’m not overly fond of, however [03122013]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 21, 2013

Bottle 330ml. @ ChrisO Snow Tasting.

[ Bottle # 0047 ]. Unclear medium brown amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, moderate yeasty, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a long duration, yeasty, dark malt, raisin. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130120]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (11836) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 12, 2013
330ml bottle (Bacchanalia, Cambridge for Snow@ChrisO)
A bit of a yeasty aroma, but I had been travelling with it. Lovely liquorice rich roast. Hagh carbonation. Sharp. Not really doing it for me. A shame, as it looked lovely in the glass, really dark brown, a bit viscous, and with a lovely tight tan head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (4212) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2013
33cl bottle thanks to unstablefable. Pours opaque chestnut brown with a thin head. The nose has coffee and dark chocolate with some savoury yoghurty notes too. The taste has that underlying chalky/yoghurty note I previously associated with this brewery but still some dark chocolate notes coming through. The palate is medium to full bodied with a big tangy/creamy texture and a decently balanced finish and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall, I think this brewery suits these big stouts as it deals with the terroir thing better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
unstablefable (230) - SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Pours a murky brown with small head which fleas to the edges. Aroma coffee, smells a bit like chicken curry and limestone. Taste is green peas in chocolate, quite an odd one this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McNeillR (1899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2013
Dark brown body with a vicious CO2 some three months after the initial tasting at Cloisters. Nice kola freshness to the nose for such an ABV, really carried by the fizziness underneath. Head evaporates suprisingly quickly for all that’s going on.

Fairly creamy initial taste, big sticky malt stamps followed by a total evacuation of a linger from the carbonation which was disappointing. Things really spread out over the palate towards the second half of the bottle. CO2 doesn’t quite settle in but is enveloped by more mellow liquorice sweetness and a drier yeast linger reassuring on the linger. A spicy nutmeg tickle around the palate in the shadows salvages much that was originally promised.

The initial taste, sharing a bottle with Cloisters staff poured by Joe, I was surprised how alive things were, packed with gas that really separated the flavour out. Here it came together nicely, especially when it got comfy in the glass. Aspects started to spread more evenly and melt into the palate more, whilst the fizz was still very forthright. The booze is very well disguised behind this, a big factor overall. I hope to leave this another 3 months and see how things evolve in a shape or form Joe hopes.

Bottle for sampling from Brewer Joe @ Cloisters Takeover

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (10041)
- Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO Snow Tasting, thanks to FatPhil. It pours cloudy deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is dark fruit, wood, leather, varnish and earth. The taste is caramel, dark fruit, raisin, some alcohol warmth, earth, wood, cardboard and brown sugar. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Doesn’t exactly excite me…. So-so.

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