BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle and served in one of my Duvel snifters: Pours a deep reddish-brown with a fading off-white head and good lace. The aroma has notes of almond joy candy bar (almonds, chocolate, coconut) , oak chips, banana nut bread, slight raisin and plum, and a hint of treacle. The taste is malt forward but not overly sweet has there is a slight tartness and mild acidity for balance. Not much in the way of hops found in this brew, light peppery notes are discovered however. The mouth feel is smooth and dry but a bit on the dull side. Overall, I quite enjoyed this and it did exceed my expections. FAR BETTER than the Samuel Smith version. I would NOT recommend aging this beer however. Buy now, drink now.
The_Osprey (5545) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at CBC Islington as ’Boulevard Stingo’. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. Very dark reddy brown, small foamy tan head. Aroma is apple, banana split, banana sweets. Body is smooth, soft carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is soft banana ester, varnish, resin, salty, spicy finish with more resin. A unique take on the style. The light woody and sour aspects integrate well.
mR_fr0g (8283) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the big Dave tasting at craft beer Co Islington. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. Dark mahogany brown coloured pour with a thin lasting light tan head. Aroma is jammy berry, brown sugars, raspberry jammy. Flavour is composed of nutty brown malts, jammy fruit, raspberry, caramel, cakey malts. Palate is medium sweet, moderate carbonation. Little salty. Good stuff.
Scopey (11752) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craft Islington, thanks to Leighton! It pours cloudy deep red - brown with a small off-white head. The aroma is freshly baked brown bread, orange peel, touch of sherbet, fruit cake, toffee and stewed tangy orange. The taste is bitter, earthy, wood, leather, toffee, chewy malt, alcohol boost, tangy dried berry and toasted brown sugars with a chewy finish. Medium + body and fine carbonation. Pretty decent stuff overall.
madmitch76 (21191) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
21st April 2016
Craft Islington bottleshare. Thanks to Leighton. Hazy deep amber beer, tidy cream colour head. Palate is light and dry with decent fine carbonation. Airy malts, a little cream. Tangy fruits. Spicy bubblegum esters. Tangy fruity finish. If this is a tribute to Sam Smith Stingo, well it’;s a nice thought but not a patch on that beer.
teorn88 (5858) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle shared at Dave’s tasting @CBC Islington, London. Big thanks to Leighton for this one. It pours a clean Amber copper color with a small off white head. Aroma is big sweet malty and boozy with notes of caramel and biscuit. Taste is also sweet and boozy with notes of caramel raisins and booze. Medium bodied with OK carbonation. Overall, OK
Theydon_Bois (16227) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Islo, thanks to LKS, 21/04/16.
Rich mahogany brown with a decent light tan covering.
Nose is earthy malt, toffee, dark fruits, light spice, brown bread.
Taste comprises toffee, earthy fruit rinds, dark fruit, brown sugar.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, drying close.
Leighton (17767) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London - bought in the US. Pours unclear brown with a frothy, tan head. The nose has some ripe berries, very faint tang, wood, earth, toffee. Medium sweet flavour with notes of caramel, low bitterness, cocoa, grapes. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with further toffee, ripening and lightly tangy berries, suggestions of oxidation, wood, earth, subtle leafy hops. Good stuff overall.
RSRIZZO (1933) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml corked and caged bottle (Courtesy of Headbanger) poured into an English Pint at 40°. Color is a deep dark and murky brown with light carbonation and a thin tight off white head. Aroma is chocolate and dark fruit with a slight note of alcohol in the back. It has a medium body with a rich and creamy mouth feel. Flavor is roasted with toffee and brown sugar then a hint of dark fruit, hop spice and a mild bitterness. After taste is dry and a bit tart as the bitterness stands out a little, some chocolate, more spice and a hint of oak all show. Overall this is a great brew, tasty and very complex.
jeremyh70 (1034) - Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with an ivory head with decent retention. Aroma is malty sweet with brown sugar, bread, earth and dark fruit. Taste is sweet caramel, molasses, earthy, bread crust, dark fruit and a slightly bitter finish. Semi creamy mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.
bytemesis (6289) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours reddish hazel, hazy with a medium tan head that dissipates fairly slowly with good lacing. Aroma is bready, toffee, a bit odd, clove. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, dark breads, toffee, light smoke. Medium body, high carbonation, plenty of acidity.