Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brewdog Nottingham
This tap was simply too good to pass up despite the vast selection of lower ABV offerings. A mixture of imperial stout and barley wine, it has this nice punch that strikes a balance between being a barrel bomb and underdone.
Aroma / Appearance - The rich thick legs crawl down the sides like sheets of melting ice. The black oily base seeps like bubbly oil. Cherry, oak, vanilla, and anise make this smell like someone mixed cherry pie and coffee into a pint glass.
Flavor / Palate - Cherry, smoky notes, and malt accompany the black coffee. This is strong from the first sip. However it does not crush the palate like some high gravity beers. Instead it takes its time to unfold. Leaving a calling card on the tongue it clings to the throat with a malty finish of smoked coffee beans. If it werenít so expensive I might have taken a growler home.
HoppyBudgie (566) - SOLA, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from verksgata. Very dark beer with tanny head. Complex nose with roasted malts, caramel, alcohol almost medicinal but in a nice way. Flavour is sweet with hints of alcohol, maltynes, spicy with a medicinal alcoholic finish without letting it getting too far.
HopRedHead (293) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a dissipating short khaki head. Aroma is caramel, pepper, aniseed and butterscotch. Smells awesome. Taste is a nice caramel, molasses and aniseed sweetness with a touch of chipotle pepper. After taste has a lot of ginger and berry/dark fruit sweetness. Thick oily body. Nice dry bitterness was a suprise, great brew.
maneliquor (2283) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours pitch black with a small, light tan head which quickly disappears to a ring. Nose is full of zesty ginger and light peppers. Heavy aniseed and toffee. Light berry fruit driven tones but faint. Taste shows heavy spiced and salted toffee. Liquorice comes through as it warms up. Melted caramel over pepper. Very toffee and spice driven. Works extremely well together and is very balanced. Damn good and intriguing stuff
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Woodshed 2.0. Bottle picked up at De Molen. The 37.5cl bottle pours with a deep mahogany body that supports a thin tan head of foam. The aroma offers up blueberry, prunes, black strap molasses and spicy black licorice. The taste is nectar like richness with blueberry fruity sweetness, spicy black licorice, prunes and brown sugar sweet black pepper. Nice rich sipper.
oh6gdx (19652) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Very close to black colour, small off-white head. Aroma is mild spices, fruits, plum, toffee and ripe fruits. Flavour is the same along with alcohol. Quite thick body.
jookos (1309) - FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (4705). Black with low head. Nose is interesting: this is pretty much exactly what grated ginger in soy sauce smells like. The semi-sweetness of ginger, dark roasty soy licorice. Sweetish malts. Body is a bit oily, but not overpowering thick. Ginger, a bit of peppers/chili, soy sauce, licorice, but also sweet malts. Feels almost salty. A bastard of an ale, but Iím glad to have drunk it. The ginger lightens up the soy-licorice-sweetness, throw in some coriander and you would have a good asian beef marinade.
Habanero (1875) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, tan head. Aroma of caramel, roast notes, over ripe fruit, ginger and alcohol. Sweet flavor that end up more dry, with alcohol and pepper. Full bodied, oily to syrupy texture and flat carbonation. A well composed barley.
sir__v (412) - Lille, FRANCE - MAY 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color: dark black beer with no carbonization and small brown head. Smell: malt, spices, pepper, black pepper, coffee, chocolate. Taste: coffee, malt and chocolate, with presence of pepper. Aftertaste: nice dry bitterness, chocolate and coffee.
bergstaden (876) - RÝros, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with brown head - good malt and a wineus aroma - good malt body with some dark fruit notes along with some nice alcoho heat - Long lasting dark fruits and wineus finish with some hints of alcohol - this was vwery good -