oh6gdx (18554) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (From AbM). Deep coppery brown colour, close to black, with a small beige head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is coffee, mild rye, some ripe fruits as well as mild toffee and some mild syrupy notes. Flavour is ripe dry fruits, some chocolate, mild toasted notes as well as some mild nuttyness and mild syrupy sweetness as well. Quite a bodied beer, although being only 4 % in the abv.
3fourths (6934) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. dark clear chestnut brown body with a small tan head, little retention but a swirl brings it all back, which suggests bottle conditioning. faint malt-driven nose of cookie batter, chocolate, toasted grains / bread crust with a very soft and mild but very pleasant yeast mustiness (damp basement, moss, wet wood, dried herbs). light body dissolves quickly. dry and mild throughout with mossy / moldy accents on the delicate cookie malt; surprisingly turns to something like black patent wood char and campfire ash late in the finish. lush carbonation is a strong point here: gives it a thick, foamy, frothy texture as it washes across the tongue and palate, releasing the dusty char and mild pepperiness which coats the tongue late with the noble hop bitterness. overall a very delicate and quiet beer, at times a bit too green / moldy, then other times a bit too char-heavy / ashy.
Fin (6177) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, handpump at The Hop Pole, Aylesbury, Bucks 03.08.11 Pours chestnut brown with an off white head. Fruity with some demerara sugar, roasty (but smooth) some coffee, this is really nice. A6 A5 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6
Ernest (5609) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted nuts/bread, roasted grain, coffee), lightly hoppy (herbs, apricot).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Another solid entry from this brewery...clean, attractive malty nose, full of bread crust, coffee, and nuts, and more flavor and body in the mouth than the 4% would suggest. I’d love to see this bottle conditioned, but it’s a lovely quaffer as-is.
downender (5187) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 14/05/2011. Attractive mahogany in colour, with ruby undertones when held up to the light, and a slight, off-white head. Aroma of sloes, camp coffee and milk chocolate. Pleasant, dark fruit, coffee and liquorice flavours, with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Enjoyable.
crossovert (4548) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bit smoky, plenty of peat and coffee. Some dark fruit sweetness, smooth drinkability.
thornecb (3638) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep mahogany into an english pint. Tan head with good retention recedes leaving sheet lacing. Sweet dark caramel aromas. Thin with dark caramel and pit fruit upfront turning slightly metallic in the lasting bitter soy finish.
Bullit (3504) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ The State. Dark brown - ruby red colour, tan head. Nose is light roasted malts, bit of coffee, some fruits. Flavour is light roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, bit of tobacco. Roasty and fruity finish.
deanso (3185) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle from ABCBeers, the Hague.
Thin tan head. Deep burgundy pour. Nice smooth brew.
DanielBrown (3164) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hand pulled at the Wellington, Birmingham. Dark chestnut. Scum top. Thank God - a pleasant one at last. Fairly dry and non commital to start, then levers into a fruitcake sweetness and a smidge of roasted choc. Not bad, although aroma is bad.