mjs (4168) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle at Angleterre, Helsinki, on 2009-09-23) Deep dark brown and clear. Small tan coloured head. Alcohol, roastedness, fruitiness and liquorice in aroma. Warmin and full bodied palate with medium carbonation. Roastedness, alcohol, sweetness, berries, bitterness and fruitiness in taste. Berries, roastedness and sweetness in aftertaste. Quite drinkable for such a strong beer.
joergen (19345) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Stockholm Beer and Whisky 2009.
Dark brown coloured with a medium sized fast disappearing beige head.
Roasted aroma of dark chocolate, alcohol and dried fruits.
Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, dried fruits, liquorice and alcohol.
Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.
ekstedt (5082) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle at SB&WF. Dark bown, tiny beige head. Sugary and caramelly, slighty roasted aroma, with some vanilla and oak notes. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Fairly dry, surprisingly so, with a mild bitterness.
grawk (12) - Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great barleywine. Iíd love to try one of these after itís aged a few years.
maeib (8284) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught The Rake Borough Market. Pretty damn dark with a small beige head. I imagine that with a larger sample than the third pint which The Rake was allowing that the head would have been more impressive but cíest la vie. It must be far easier to brew a beast of a beer like this than it is to brew Edge which I drank earlier in the session, but with beasts come massive mistakes and car crashes. This ainít no car crash though; itís a sublimely smooth ride of a beer which really does take you on a journey. Everything about it is delicious. The fruitiness; the depth; the coziness of the leather armchair from that dusty library that you can smell together with the aged bound books. Lots of silt from the coal fire. The winter of discontent. They are all there. Licorice, spice, lots of wooomph and warmness. Categorically no alcohol burn at all. Mouth filling and heart filling. Boozy but bootiful. Considering my head wasnít in the right place due to worrying about my Dad 500 miles away in a Doctorís surgery suffering with the flu, this beer somehow seemed to be the right thing to drink. £6 well spent for the experience of it all.
bobinlondon (1250) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at the Rake. Almost black with a good natural looking tan head. Wow, beers (or any other alcoholic drinks for that matter) donít come much more complex than this beast! Sweet it may be, but I donít find it over cloyong like many beers half itís strength Plenty of vineous woodiness, chocolate, berryfruit, hop resins and even bitter dryness in the finish, some how. £6 for a third of a pint may seem like a lot of money, but I consider it value for the unique and pleasurable experience that it has given me.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate. Keg at the Rake.
My god, this is really special. Considerably darker than the bottled version. In fact itís pretty much black. Somehow it is still holding onto a pretty decent tan head too. Impressive looking for sure. There is no surprise that this is thoroughly massive all round. Actually itís a true giant. Iíve had plenty of big ones (true story) but this one really stands out. Incredibly smooth considering. Iíd have put this down in say, a Rochefort 10 territory. The malt complexity is litterally through the roof and on inexorably skyward. Incredibly rich chocolate and toffee, burnt sugar, nothing short of perfect wooden notes and, I kid you not, some spicy peppery alcohol. No joke. There is even some slight hops there, who the hell knows how the dry hopping retained its sparkle but it certainly has. Iím guessing Chinook or something similar as the alpha content seems pretty high. The wood is so chewy and fresh. The chocolate is 90% pure. It clearly has echoes of the original Tokyo but this pushes it beyond all known boundaries. Yes, there is some burn on the way down but not too much, though the glowing warmth in the depth of my belly is telling me I could easily end up Hoovering the lawn drunk if Iím not careful. Indescribably sweet in the finish but somehow itís tolerable. The only slight downside, and it is slight, is a hint of paper in the aftertaste. Other than that, as if it was needed, this once again prooves why BrewDog are really at the forefront of modern brewing. Hats off folks. Iím off to ramble at invisible people.
RichardGretton (4154) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Bold looking black beer with a brownish/reddish tinge, and a coffee brown head. The aroma is sweet and malty, and the flavour is rich, sweet, warmingly syrupy, and mildly burnít sugar. Overall a nice strong malty ale that is surprisly not as strongly alcohol based as you would think.
chuwy (35) - JAPAN - SEP 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer actually impressed me. Loved the complexity of flavor and sweetness which grew on the tongue. Sweet, yes, not too sweet. Nicely made. Great aroma which wasnt overly fruity like the Tokyo. I preferred this one to its lower alc brother.
Yes, this beer should age nicely.
PartyBear (29) - Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a room temperature 330ml bottle into an oversize wineglass.
Appearance: Jet black in colour and pours like thick oil. Small tan head fades within a few seconds, leaving just a thick black liquid. Small amount of carbonation. Thick legs on the side of the glass.
Aroma: The alcohol is very obvious on the nose, in fact it actually burns all the way to the back of the throat. Spicy, quite peppery. There are sweet cherries and pears. Burnt caramel.
Taste: Sweet at the start, fruity, with burnt sugars. There is a taste of gingerbread, molasses and possibly kola nut? There is a pepperiness in the middle, which is somewhat perfumy. The finish is bitter dark chocolate, with a powerful warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Heavy, flat, warming, and slightly oily. Itís not as thick as I thought it would be.
Drinkability: Itís almost like drinking a spirit, with the alcohol content being so high. The flavours are huge and overpowering at times but there does seem to be a strange balance between them, possibly held together by the alcohol. It is certainly a beer that has to be experienced.