MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Cask handpull at Blackfriars. Round of applause for Tom for getting this on for the gathering. Totally black with a thin tan rim. Heavy chocolate and extreme blackcurrant aroma. Smells very much like a Ribena stout. Slight smoky malt with some wooden notes and old school cough sweets. Flavour is a gorgeous impy stout with just a faint hint of the whiskey barrel but it is clearly there. Liquorice and dark smoky malt. So intense yet wonderfullly mellow at the same time. Alcohol is hidden remarkably well considering the strength. Only hint of its real power is at the finish with just a slight sharpness at the edges but no real burn. Ok there is some but not much. Very impressive stuff. Ooh some pineapple appears. Gloriously complex yet dangerously mellow and drinkable. Incredibly smooth in the palate. Drank waaaaay too much of this on the night. Between us all we polished off 50 something pints of this and when we were kicked out of Blackfriars at the end of the night Sim and I ended up drinking it from an Orval bottle wandering through the streets of Glasgow. (Expert pouring by the way Ian!)
Great memory of a great night enhanced considerably by the quality of this beer.
harrisoni (11025) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Blackfriars during RBESG 07. Huge thanks to Tom for getting this on. I had a single shot of Glen Moray (the whisky casks used for this one) at the Bon Accord and you could definitely see the hints of that coming through. Black, ruby edges, thin beige head. Lovely whisky Speyside aroma. Very vanilla and tangerine. Good vanilla pod flavour. Oily, some coffee/milk chocolate. Nice, alcohol is a little burning. I was still drinking this at 01.00 in the morning on way back to hotel. Oh my head.
DonMagi (5598) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at blackfriers euro summer gathering. Aroma is chewy chelsay woppas, hints at stale aged ber, tart at times but a raw hardcore malty beast. Taste is similar, quite fruity, berry character, roasted barley, intence attack on the tougne which is sharp but once swallowed increadibly drinkable. Chin Chin!