Beer4000 (4264) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Ethereal (2399) - 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.
BeerViking (2005) - 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...
shoulderbroken (1668) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
theSlipperyPen (230) - 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.