TomSpears (65) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled with live yeast. A strong winter warmer with roasted chestnuts and all manner of chocolate insects crawling down the gulliver to bounce around the head singing like heavenly angles. A critical mass indeed. Send up the rockets.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm) Dark brown with red tones. Small tan head. Nice and deep aroma of black chocolate, anise, hops and alcohol. Rich, chewy and deep flavour of caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa, raspberries, sea salt and brown sugar. Full bodied. Long full aftertaste of of licorice, bitter black chocolate, cocoa and alcohol. Awesome stuff from an excellent brewery!
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Salmiak aroma. Strange but not unpleasant plasic glue taste/aroma. A teeny weeny oxidized, turned into a wet cardboard tast in the far background (neglectable). Raosed notes and slightly fat palate. Chewy finish with salty burnt bread on the top. Senses tell me this is stronger than the ardvertised 7.8% on the pump clip. Guesstimate 9.5% abv.
omhper (19233) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm. Very dark ruby - almost black. Aroma of dark chocolate. Full bodied and packed with flavours. Despite it’s rich maltiness it’s surprisingly dry. There’s wood and licorice there as well as whiskey. It’s carefully hopped, but some grassy hops shine through in the salty finish. Superb!
motelpogo (6309) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 20, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to duff for bringing a bottle of this to czecholand. pretty dark, nice aroma of sherbet lollies and cocoa powder, nice cocoa bitterness with some strawberry jam, whipped cream and light bitterness. chewy texture, a little cough syrup in the finish was the only slight flaw
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask: Clear dark brown with red lightlights. Lasting tan head and good lace. Light oak and chocolate in nose, along with a little coffee. Sweet caramel and chocolate flavours start with plum and orange? in the mid. Dry finish. Very big meaty mouthfeel, quite silky smooth. Very moreish and warming, top ale.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Now 7.8% ABV. Cask Conditioned at The Wenlock Arms, London. Black. Sweet, fruity (almost syrupy beer) coffee and a little chocolate, notes of liquorice. Alcohol is well hidden.
DanielBrown (3748) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand pulled at the Head of Steam, Euston, in the comapny of chris_o. Sweet coffee aroma. Very smooth cocoa, with a sweet, almost sickly finish. Very drinkable, but quite sweet.
YogiBeera (2450) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hui - nice one. Wonderful nearly black color, small frothy head. Malt, chocolate and coffee nose. Kind of flat roasted coffee bean and malt taste - medium lasting.
pivo (2547) - GERMANY - OCT 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Complex, strong nose - nutty, woody and some molasses. Dark dark brown color with a low frothy head. Full warm sweet malt body with raisin and honey tastes. Tones of chocolate and toast all emerge in the background. Think with a very present alcohol component. Finishes like brandy, then turns a little spicy. Hey - this is a good British beer!