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

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 660   ABV: 22%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Special - 2010.
Dark. Strong. Smokey. Triple mashed to achieve our highest ever ABV.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (8552) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (38288) - 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]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14873) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1917) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2015
Aroma: heavy, dark fruits, molasses, sugar pure. Appearance: black, small, clear head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sweets intensify further, ridiculously sweet, sticky toffee, syrup, alcohol. Overall: this is truly an exceptional beer, or is it a fortified wine, anyway, interesting, but not an everyday tipple. Pint at King William IV, Leyton.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7482) - 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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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2010
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (8199) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (12178) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Cask at King William IV, Bunny Basher í15, 05/04/15. Pitch black with a moderately appointed dirty tan swirl that escapes edgeward. Nose is coffee, chocolate, biscuit, rich toffee sauce, restrained booze tunes, light peppery spice, stewed dark fruits. Taste is sweet, sweet, fucken more sweetness, go on - have some more ! coffee cake icing, liquorice, chocolate fondue, toffee fudge mix, oh - did I mention this is sweet? Full bodied, viscous, cloying and oily feel, lightly warming booze in an insanely sweet close. Interesting stuff, just way too sweet and no drinkability. Drinks below the ABV but I guess with the amount of sugar in this you donít really get much chance to ascertain the ABV. Fun to tick, just one or two sips were all that was required. Would love to have poured some of this over vanilla ice cream!

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (2937) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2010
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.


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