Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Dark brown/black, initial tan head about 1cm thick which quickly disappeared.
Aroma: Ginger spice and zest are key notes, herby, marzipan, slight treacle note, orange, lavender and whisky. Reminded me of Jamaican ginger cake. As the beer warmed up a hint of smokiness came through.
Taste: Medium sweetness, harsh bitterness, long alcohol warmth and heat, with a warming pepper note lingering on the tongue.
Palate: Full bodied, slick texture, little to no carbonation, astringent, lingering finish of alcohol warmth.
Comments: Thoroughly enjoyed this one and would have it again. Served in snifter.
JohnRMurdoch (4229) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared @ BrewDog. Alcohol hop pine aroma. Complex sugary sweet fruitcake alcohol flavour. Bitter sweet alcohol aftertaste. Ok but not my sort of beer.
ClubGonzo (5300) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a tar black body with a medium beige head. Aroma is licorice, leather, dark chocolate, wood, hints of black berries and deep malty tones. Balanced and very nice. Taste is licorice, roasted bread tones, espresso, booze, and hints of leather and some sweet grape-like notes. A bit of dry wood-like touches in the finish. Full body, medium carbonation. A very nice barley wine which actually borders on an imperial stout IMO.
jaghana (5329) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, a dark beer with low head. Nose is on dark malt and roasted notes. Aroma is color, lot of roasted malt; quite alcoholic, wery sweet, lot of caramel notes, good.
Brigadier (3490) - Chagrin Falls, 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 weren’t so expensive I might have taken a growler home.
HoppyBudgie (833) - 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 (397) - 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 (3482) - 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 (7997) - 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 (24589) - 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.