Formerly brewed at Breconshire
Style: English Strong Ale
Brecon, Powys, Wales


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Cask; Occasional.
A deep golden coloured ale, bursting with complex flavours derived from the oak whisky casks used for this beers long maturation. The whisky spirit is evident in the aroma, with underlying promises of further delights. The initial taste of vanilla and fruity malts progresses to a long, dryish finish, with further flavours developing from the wood and the spirit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2010
Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 04/08/2010 Some sherry malt aroma. Golden coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy with a hint of bitterness in a dry malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25464) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2010
Cask@Cambridge Blue, Cambridge. Amber colour, small head. Aroma is leathery, malty, mildly earthy as well as quite smoked. Flavour i fruits, wood, some mild yeasty and leathery notes as well as mild notes of mint/anis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daniele (8080) - ITALY - AUG 15, 2010
ambrato scarico poca schiuma naso media intensita legnoso diacetile leggera affumicatura frutta matura mela cosi anche in bocca non molto amara leggera acidità non beverina

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22315) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2010
4th August 2010. GBBF.
Slightly hazy amber beer with a suddy off white head. Semi dry palate. Rich dark orange hops and a brandyish malt make this beer feel almost like a Christmas Special. It’s a tad too dry but a nice flavour and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerViking (4205) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2009
Gravity at the 2009 Great Welsh Beer Festival, pours amber with a coarse white head. The nose has pineapple and a hint of peat. The body is woody, fruity, slightly honeyed and very pleasant, the aftertaste is bitter and herby but with a disappointing musty note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9680) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2008
Cask, gravity dispense at Merton Summer Beer Festival July 18th and 19th 2008 (had this on the Saturday morning when all was quite and after icing up , this was quite nice for breakfast at 07:30) This poured with a slight haze though this is no surprise as when I tapped this on Wednesday night it literally exploded everywhere it appeared that they may have played rugby with this cask. The beer itself had a very distinctive smokiness to it and maybe it was because I was hungry but I got kippers on the nose, the colour of this beer was light amber/warm gold. There was a warming spirit constantly present.The smokiness also came through in the mouth and I didn’t mind this beer in fact it was fine but I found it lacked the sort of complexity I would have expected for a beer of this strength, it was also quite sweet and a bit chewy. I was informed that this was 5.5% but the cask clearly stated 6.5%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Gravity,’08 Merton Summer festival. Hazy copper, frothy white head that fades to nothing. Cedar aroma, sweet plumy whisky. Soft full mouthfeel, medicinal sweetness. Noisy campfire wood. Very odd, and not something I’d rush out to try again, but not without it’s own quirky charm. Nose really had some decent interest. Made me think of Bowmore. Flavor less interesting, and just doesn’t come together as a whole. Probably not enough character in the base beer to stand up to the flavors of the cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (13386) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2008
Cask conditioned at Merton Summer B.F ’08. Hazed orange brown with white head. This was a frutiy sweet big beer, alcohol nose and fullness but quite sherry like on the close. It’s ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2011
Cask @ GBBF 2010. Pours a golden orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty toffee whisky aroma. Sweetish malty fruity caramel flavor with some weak hints of whisky. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (21868) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2010
cask at GBBF 2010 ... golden yellow ... soft dry hop nose ... dull dry toffee fruits ... very boring but ok.

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