Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the William IV (Brodies Autumn Fest), 4th Sept 2010. Deep black with little condition. Very, very sugary on the nose and in the mouth. For me, the level of sweetness and the amount of alcohol took this out of the realm of the enjoyable for me. The hand-bottled sample that Ken did for Mes (I had a tiny sip) definitely improved on having it fresh but Iím not going to be swayed on my scoring for now. Looking forward to re-rating at the next Brodies fest when it will be seven months old.
harrisoni (14345) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask handpull at William IV. Black, thin tan head. Itís sweet. Bit of heat. Itís hot, sweet and syrupy. I love that. Itís sweet with a touch of liquorice. Nto awful I like the molasses. Itís good, way too sweet, but I ended up liking it.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate. Hand bottled thanks hugely to our Ken.
Utterly utterly brilliant. Everyone who had this thought the same. Sooooo sweet but still tolerable. Possibly the best body I have experienced, well of the booze variety anyway. Thick and juicy beyond description but not at all sticky. Notes of pepperoni and other entertaining meaty stuff. Unreal malt. Again, so much sugar, itís proper dessert stuff. Incredible burnt crŤme brŻlťe topping, toffee and caramel a plenty just yum bloody yum all round. The alcohol feels like 10% almost although the sweetness gives you a hint, other than that, in a blind tasting there is just no bloody way you would put this at 22%. Itís just absolutely stellar stuff. So far removed from what most of us know as beer but itís just ooooooh so good. Some wood and leather in the background. My god, this is exceptional. One of the most assertive yet approachable beers Iíve had. Huge depth and complexity, finesse and balance even. Character, poise, damn. I knew Brodies were good already but this one has just raised the bar to a whole new level. I now know they are capable of utter brilliance. Ken, you fucking rock mate.
SilkTork (5319) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Mes. Wow! Alcoholic Camp coffee. This is like those chocolate wrapped liquors my Nan used to buy at Christmas. Very sweet. Yummy sweet. Invitingly, seductively, devilishly sweet. Great body - smooth and luscious, with a wonderful viscous mouthfeel. Flavours are mainly around bitter chocolate, smoke, mackerel, and coffee beans, with some deep dark fruits coming through. Very drinkable - and no off alcohol notes. I love this. I could really indulge in a few of these!
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 Poured on draft, a third of a pint, at the birthday celebration. King William IV, Leyton. Poured a murky brown-black with no highlights. An initial ring of head fades quickly to nothing. Nose is of sweet malts; sugar rushes to the nostrils. Then comes toasted or burnt bread, toffee and oak. Tobacco and leather are present too. Mouth feel is of syrup. All the tastes here ride on a backbone of sweetness. Thereís ash and maple syrup and some vanilla but absolutely no hops whatsoever. Liquorice soon starts to dominate. The finish is all sweet. Remarkably the very high ABV is not felt, but I fear this is only due to the sugar overwhelming everything. Itís nice as a one off but one was quite enough.
madmitch76 (16489) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4th September 2010. Brodies Beer Fest at their Brewpub - King William IV in Leyton.
Opaque oily black beer with no head. Dry soft palate. Very sugary sweet dark malt with subtle notes of port and brandy. Some coca cola in there as well. A little alcoholic warmth coming through to the sweet semi dry finish. A real sticky beer this. Thoroughly enjoyed it and was glad to see many of the locals doing the same. Englands strongest ever beer? Also UKs strongest ever naturally fermented beer?
BeerViking (2812) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy very dark brown with almost no head. The first impression is roasty syrup. Dark dried fruit and fruitcake on the nose, along with treacle, itís a bit like liquid xmas pudding. The body is massive, winey and treacley, with a roast and sweet aftertaste. Well solid and worryingly quaffable...