Brodies Elizabethan
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Brewed by Brodies
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 660   ABV: 22%
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Cask: Special - 2010.
Dark. Strong. Smokey. Triple mashed to achieve our highest ever ABV.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (2380) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Keg at Brewdog. Iím not sure Iíve ever seen a beer pour this thick. Pitch black with no head at all. Aroma Ö ooof Ö bovril, strong gravy, marmite, some sherry. It smells a bit like a barley wine after 10 years in the bottle. Body is big and rich, low carbonation, totally smooth. Taste is very sweet molasses and soupy with smoke. The smoke does a half-decent job of balancing out the sugary sweetness (but not enough!). Iím glad that British brewers are trying crazy stuff, and this gets points for being interesting, but this isnít something Iíd want again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (7891) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
On tap at Bunny Basher (Brodies Beer Festival) King William IV, Leyton, London, Friday 18th April 2014 Pitch black no head, looks like a flat cola. Thick and oily texture in mouth and dangerously drinkable because you would never know it was 22%, that said it just tasted malty and far, far too sweet, in fact the beer that I least liked overall. Not sure that I am getting more than just a heavy cloying sweetness and malt? Mmhhh... glad to say that iíve tried it but wouldnít seek it out again. A6 A3 T6 P3 Ov12 3.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer4000 (4768) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2012
Cask tap @ King William IV. Have to admit that Iím starting to get a bit tired over all these super strong, super boozy, molasses and soy souse flavored imp. stout, but this one was a definitively positive surprise. Yes, itís still super strong and boozy, but with a lot more elegance than the average lot. A totally black body with practically no head. Strong and pleasant aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet indeed and warming alcoholic, lots of dark malt, roast, mocha, chocolate, dry fruit and moderate bitterness. There is a good complexity here, this beer feels almost like Kahlua or something similar, but nicer, the alcohol is definitively present, but not in a raw boozy way, its noble and warming. Itís still feels way too sweet, but very nice in smaller amounts and I believe the sweetness is needed to balance the alcohol. Full body with a never ending aftertaste. Another amazing beer from Brodies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kappldav123 (5278) - GERMANY - AUG 18, 2012
Big thanks to madmitch for that one! Good that I get to try this beer. Deep black in the glass, small head. Intense malty aroma. Starts strong, intense malty, lots of coffee and bitter chocolate. Quite strong but not as alcoholic as exspected. Warming malty finish, bitter chocolate. A great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7849) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
Cask at Brodies. It pours black, with a thin, bubbly head. The nose is roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, boiled sweet s and Calpol. The taste is sweets (particularly Black Jacks), candy floss, angel delight, liquorice, vanilla, coffee liqueur, milk chocolate and Calpol. Medium-full body, low carbonation and very well hidden alcohol. Complex and surprisingly smooth and light. A well made beer, but itís perhaps a bit too sweet for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2377) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 8, 2012
Cask at William IV. Having this on Friday made Saturday morning very tough, although it was lovely. Dark brown, no head. Ultra sticky and thick. Aroma is lots of boozy sweetness, very roasty, lots of dark fruit, coffee liqueur. Taste is sweet caramel, treacle, lots of booze. A third was more than enough, but it was very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (12580) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
Cask at Brodies BF. Pours sludgy black with no head. Roasty nose, booze, tangy malts. Extremely sweet flavor, chewy, licorice, almonds, dark sugar. One of the fullest bodied beers Iíve ever had, with light carbonation. Warm finish, sticky sugars, chocolate liquor, brown and demerera sugar, faint roast, hoisin and soy sauces. A great beer overall. You definitely canít drink more than 1/3 of a pint of so, but I could nurse that amount for over an hour and enjoy it the whole time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (15542) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2011
UPDATED: APR 6, 2012 hand bottle at home ... thanks mate ... deep black ... soft roast toffee chocolate ... big vanilla ... light smoky nose ... oily sticky body ... sweet sweet roast ... lots of sherrry ... hint of bourbon ... some smoke ... gentle islay tones ... very nice but its way too heavy to drink a lot of 3.8 on cask ... dark black .... no head ... swwt vanilla toffee nose ... juicy sweet fruits ... vanilla ... sweet malts ... definite whisky/boubon ... big sweet toffee malts .... for its sweetness and alcohol this has great balance 4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (36929) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2011

Cask (handpump) @ Brodies Bunny Basher Festival 2011 - King William IV, 816 High Road, Leyton, London, England E10 6AE.

[ Courtesy of madmitch76 - and yes Ken did have to go and buy a new glass of Elizabethan, since i wanted to test how sticky i was able to make the table and my pants ;O) Sorry Ken ]. Dark dark black colour with virtually none head at all. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, soy sauce, licorice. Flavour is heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long long duration, soy sauce, licorice, roasted, sweet sugar - syrup, peat. Body is full, texture is syrupy and sticky, carbonation is flat flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic, but not burning. [20110501]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 On cask (handpump) at Brodies Autumn Festival at the William IV on 4 September 2010. Pitch black. Sticky consistency. Lots of raisiny fruit. Very rich. Some licorice. Extremely sweet. Some cough mixture character - Gees linctus. Not really my thing at this age. Needs more time to settle down Iíd say. [6/3/6/3/12=3.0]
RE-RATE: Cask (handpump) at the Brodies Bunny Basher Festival, King William IV, Leyton on 1 May 2011. It has mellowed somewhat since last time. Lots of aniseed. Rich plummy fruit also in the flavour. Still a bit sweet and sticky for my taste though. Still needs more time. [7/3/7/3/13=3.3]
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