Theydon_Bois (14283) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split at the Kernel, massive thanks to Paul, 09/11/13.
Pitch black with a good sized dirty tan head.
Nose carries a good dark roasted assault on the nostrils, cherry notes, bourbon evident, woody booze tang, dark chocolate, light smoke.
Taste comrises dark chocolate, Black Forest Gateux, molasses, earthy, brown sugars, dark berry fruit tang.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, boozey closure, a little cloying.
Solid impy from a draw that may require a small stool to reach !
Apache (57) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a CCB branded bottle. Pours black with little thin brown head, the flavor is sweet, but lacks any cherry notes. Aftertaste of chocolate and mint.
Ungstrup (31419) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. A black beer with a rim of dar brown head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of prunes, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, and exotic fruits, leading to a bitter finish. A bit over the top for me.
jesperhammer (3686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
14-NOV-2013, draft @Mikkeller, Black Sensation night.
Black with no head.
Aroma is mostly bourbon. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, dark berries, Plum, cake. Superfull and supersweet. Very low carbonation.
yespr (36972) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From tap. Pours pitch black, no head. Thick malty and liqourice. Bitter, thick malty and lingering liqourice. Thick malty, alcohol and liqourice. Smooth malty and liqourice finish.
Theis (14655) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at MikkellerBAR. Pitch black - small brown head. Nice licorice. Burned malts. Light hoppy. Red berries. Sweet cherry. Light almond notes. Dark chocolate. Light alcohol notes. Lovely.
Leighton (15280) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at The Kernel - London. Massive thanks to Paul for lugging this over from America. This guy is an absolute hero. The beer pours oily black with a creamy, brown head. The aroma is loaded with luscious, lightly tangy cherries and thick chocolate. Big sweet flavor with gooey chocolate, some chocolate syrup, hints of brownies, further cherries, mild alcohol. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly chewy. Finishes with modest warmth, rich chocolate sauce, ripe cherries, chocolate cake. Indulgent and decadent yet still well balanced. Great beer.
EdKing (2230) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster from a bottle care of Paul Unwin. Opaque black, thin tan head. Nose is rich velvety chocolate, black coffee, chocolate cake, cherry fruit, vanilla and bourbon whisky. Taste is soft and smooth. Rich chocolate, cocoa, chocolate cake, cherries, coffee, bourbon whiskey. It’s beautifully balanced and smooth. Superb beer.
Scopey (9998) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, big thanks to Paul Unwin. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is soft roast, cocoa, Black Forest gateaux, vanilla, toasted coconut, ripe cherry, wood and bourbon. The taste is smooth, cherry, smooth roast, toast, wood, sticky sweetness, Black Forest gateaux, salted caramel, liquorice, cherry, chocolate, coconut and mild acidity with a dry finish. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Rich, smooth, balanced and very drinkable indeed. A very tasty offering from CCB.
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Paul. You are a fucking legend. Goddamn this beer is luxurious. Quite sweet but I like it. Velvet smooth milk chocolate on the nose followers by a light spice - good dose of peppers in there. Almost Black Forest cake like with heavy cream notes and black cherries. So much going on. Bourbon is always in check. Absolutely perfect stuff. Sweet vanilla beans and milk chocolate coated cherries, light chilli, smooth cream, custard like, white chocolate covered raisins, red cherry. Light tart behind the overwhelming vanilla and spice. Bourbon is superbly balanced. It has bitterness and sweetness all rolled into an unbelievably big but balanced beer. One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Absolutely perfect