saxo (13796) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Small head with short duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are soy, caramel, roast malt, chocolate and has a light earthy finish.
EithCubes (4704) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, only 9.3oz, marked 02/09/26, and yes, that surely refers to the 21st century. Nose from cap-off potent chocolate and darkly roast coffee with sweet underlying malt. Pours brown-black with a dense light brown head and lace. Taste is sweet with medium bitterness and a little char, tons of roast and coffee and chocolate, but smooth and inky, clean, with gentle warming (really did a great job with etoh integration). Fruitiness and a very faint amount of soy, some yeast character despite my care, light salt. Full body oily and makes the lips quite sticky. An excellent impy.
drfabulous (3828) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle from Secret Santa 2014. Thanks - though I can buy this locally, just never did. Big black pour. Chocolate and roast. Coffee. Rich. Tasty.
djd07 (3282) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a dark brown with thick beige head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is a fruity malt, oak and chocolate. Thick mouthfeel with a light smoke and oak with nice dark fruit. Very good.
Hopman1 (31) - apple valley, California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
WOW!!! this beer is exactly what it states on the bottle " Brewed to perfection". I’m swirling it around in a snifter and it develops a light coffee and cream rapidly dissolving head .It has a very pleasant aroma of Toffee and coffee with cocoa very well balanced and easy drinking. At a 10.0 in ABV you couldn’t even tell , very enjoyable to drink . This beer will age nicely, if you could wait 13 years. Yep, bottle no 038602 out of 210,000 , you have to try this one. Enjoy!
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 Vintage and served in snifter: pours inky black with a quickly fading tan head and spotty lace, some oily rears. The aroma has notes of Turkish pipe tobacco, roasted and charred malts, some toffee and espresso, moderate plum and raisin esters. The taste is heavy roast, coffee, mild dark fruits and some bruising alcohol. Seems that the marzipan, oxidation, and marmalade elements I love in these beers would be welcomed here to add depth and character as for now this is actually quite simple and not all the complex. The mouth feel is also a tad off, thinner than I remembered the older vintages and not as slick either. While not a bad brew it does disappoint and I truly question if aging beyond perhaps a year or so would actually help this much more unlike the older Courage RIS which developed for years to decades in the bottle... Well I will grab only one a throw it is the cellar to find out.
FatPhil (8997) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2014)
Black, lovely tight tan head. Yeasty, liquoricey. Very rich, full palate, burnt and sticky or oily. Might benefit from a little ageing to mellow it. Best thing is the finish. Marmitey yeastiness is the main thrust. Decent sipper though.
jdb288 (472) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013 bottle. Pours a blackish brown with little to no head. Deep aromatics here. The lead is present, also darker fruits like plum and raisin. Some molasses. Taste is brown sugar, fig. Some earthy tones from a roasted malt. Well balanced. Not as sweet as expected and not as deep a flavor as I'd like. Still enjoyable.
rosenbergh (6491) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Gallows Bird, Espoo, Finland.
Black colour with a tiny tan head in the aroma.
Aroma is strong malt, strong sweetness, plum, dark fruits and mild dryness.
The flavour is roasted malt, strong sweetness, mild ashy dryness and mild hops.
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VastActiv (2542) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.275l at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Real Ale Festival 2014. BBE 02/09/26. Colour is black with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.