tombyars (1328) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted this barley wine in Blackfriers, Glasgow in December 2007. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a hint of ruby around the edges and a poor creamy buff head which quickly disappeared. Strong seductive whiff of plain chocolate in the long aroma. Smooth velvety mouthfeel and no lacing. Complex dark malts give a strong initial roast grain flavour which leads to a intense rich mocha and Belgian chocolate truffle notes. There is hardly a sign of hop resins being in this as sweetness prevails throughout in a smooth warming chocolate liqueur flavour. An interesting barley wine but might be too sweet for some - two pints over three hours was enough for me. Worth seeking out if your a barley wine aficionado.
craigjbass (6) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2011 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best beers I’ve had. Such an explosion of taste that work so well together. Smells of liquorish... it’s there in the taste. Very obvious roasted malts. Looks oily on the surface and goes down very thick. Very strong only at christmas.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the CASK Pub & Kitchen, 1st Nov 2010. Deep russet brown with little head. Nose of caramel with alcoholic undertones. Lots of licorice in the mouth. Very smooth, slightly oily. Reminds me of Woodforde’s Norfolk Nip.
thewolf (11100) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ the Rake, London.
Pours nice ruby-red with a fine, staying, creamy beige head. Aroma has toasted caramel, chocolate, mildly vinious, blackberries, figs. Low carbonation, fine oily and fat mouthfeel. Flavour is pleasant, chocolate, light tar, blackberries (the sweet ones). Fat maltiness, vinious and warming. Lovely, staying malty bitterness. Yum.
tlind2 (1094) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draught@Gallows Bird, Espoo (Real ale version). Brown color, tan head. Roasted malt flavor with an unpleasant home-brew note. Full body, very low carbonation. I don’t get this beer at all.
DruncanVeasey (7097) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity, Leicester 2011. Mahogany with a thin tan head. Bertie Bassett and Black Jack aroma. Sweet with roasted undercurrents; bit of a Belgian, black cherry and marzipan feel, burnt aniseed backdrop, confectionery. Slick and sugared, slightly decadent. Belgian body, English roast. Winner.
leaparsons (7929) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, Leicester Fest 10. Very dark brown with copper and a fluffy beige foam. Aromas are very earthy and rich with dark berries and caramel. Floral with liquorice and chocolate. Flavours are boozy and vinous with dark chocolate and roast malts. Marzipan with leather and some smoky notes. Sweetened grapefruit with peppery notes on the finish. Smooth on the palate, warming alcohol. Very nice.
evergreen0199 (1924) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Cask Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico, London last November. Dark brown/black coloured pour with a healthy beige head on top, Pleasing malty, spiced aroma, Tastes roasty, rich, dark fruit, caramel. Rich and warming Christmas beer.
larsniclas (5522) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at The Rake, London
Dark brown with a small, bubbly, tan head.
Roasted chocolate and warming alcohol.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, gravity, at Luton Beer Festival ’11. Brown with a small off white head.. Sweet vinous aroma and taste, immensely strong and very lovely. Some bitterness.