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BlackBar Elusive Digit 2012

BlackBar Elusive Digit 2012
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Brewed by BlackBar
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Cambridge, England

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Bottle conditioned; Status uncertain


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerCast_Rich (1863) - 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]

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34777) - 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]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (9288) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2498) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
unstablefable (225) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McNeillR (1140) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (6718)
- 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8310)
- The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle at Chriso Snow Tasting, thanks to Phil and Anna 20/01/13. Label was a luggage tag and carried the number 0047. Hazed chestnut brown with a thin tan head that clears to the edge and leaves a pond. Nose is dark fruits, dark malt, spice, lightly smoked, petroleum notes! Taste comprises dark malt, fruits, yeast, some spices, light smoke. Medium bodied with bite, moderate carbonation, dry finish. Ok - but not really my bag, wouldn’t plump for this again!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10780) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle at the ChrisO Snow Tasting, London - thanks to Phil for this one. Pours clearish, dark brown with a creamy tan head. Dark malt nose, some toasty sugars. Medium to big sweet flavor, definite alcohol notes, brown bread, some Belgian yeast character. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish with bready malts, dark sugars, rich brown bread. OK.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13606) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle at Chriso Snow Tasting. Bit of belgian on aroma. some dark syrup. some hop. fine


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