SilkTork (5019) - 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!
MesandSim (7121) - 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.
Beer4000 (4101) - 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.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
madmitch76 (12162) - , 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?
cgarvieuk (12237) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
shoulderbroken (1501) - 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.
kappldav123 (4292) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
BeerViking (1815) - 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...
Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.