fonefan (34222) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask (gravity) @ Great British Beer Festival, GBBF 2008, Earls Court, London, England SW5.
This to celebrate my rating #4900 on ratebeer. Clear dark black color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly dimimshing, beige head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, cream chocolate, licorice, vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration. Body is full, texture is oily - creamy - syrupy and so smooth, carbonation is flat. This is a beer that Mrs. fonefan loves and me also. It is so powerfull and complex - balanced - impressive.. Very very nice .. It is not for lager boys.... ;o)) It was my first and last beer the first 2 days on GBBF, Mrs fonefan did not drink much else the second day ... ;o)) Lovely work Menno, you are one of the best ! (050808)
SilkTork (5164) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GBBF, Trade Day, 2008 Gravity cask (oak). Musty and musky - touches of warm plastic. Wonderful aroma. Warm, soft mouthfeel - very rich and coating. Warm treacle. A gorgeous beer.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Giant oak cask, BSF at the GBBF. Shiny black, a bit of tan head. Very clean bright bourbon nose, french toast with a generous dose of maple syrup, mahogany. Buttery soft roast flavor, rummy vanilla fudge, chocolate cake. Thick and sweet, but not sticky. A proper Imp. (Thanks Tom, for the rest of your neglected glassful. )
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2008
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Cask at GBBF someone is goign to get angry at me here. I asked for just a sample of this as i knew i wouldnt like it however the guy insisted that i must buy a glass as "its the best beer here
". The blackness and of the pour lets me know im about to get upset. The aroma is cheap blanco taquila, intence alcohol, burnt and bitter, from the aroma alone i was actually more upset than i expected to be. The taste is soo intence and off putting that i managed about 20mls before i gave the glass to doppleganger. I just couldnt get past the taquila aspect of it and so for me its completly undrinkable.
MiP (13478) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2008 Cask, 11% at GBBF08. Good creamy vanilla aroma. Black colour, very small light brown head. The flavour is very powerful, roasted, vinous, liquorice, and a good amount of alcohol and vanilla. Citric hoppiness. Citric finish with burning and rough alcohol.
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served from a large wooden barrel at the international bar (bsf), GBBF 08. Inviting aroma of sweet caramel. Vinous taste with warming chocolate developments, and some peaty hints to a lingering finish. Light brownish head over a dark brown coloured body. Very good, indeed, but a third pint glass was enough at the time (05.08.2008)
Svesse (6042) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Cask at GBBF, London, 5 Aug 2008) Black colour with brief, beige head. Roasted, malty nose with notes of wood, dark fruit, raisins and prunes. Roasted, malty taste with lots of wood character, dried fruit, raisins, vanilla and lots of liquorice. Long, vinous finish dominated by wood and liquorice. Warming and very nice.
Sigmund (4939) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from the oak cask in which it had been aged, at the GBBF 2008. Room temperature, gravity dispense. Pitch black colour, minimal head. Intense aroma of tar, woodwork, coffee, liquorice and alcohol. Intensely roasty flavour with coffee, alcohol, tar, liquorice and dark bitter chocolate. Pretty impressive, but certainly not easy drinking.
Skinnyviking (6753) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Low and quickly disappearing fluffy yellow head. Black is the body indeed. Coffee caramel hosp alcohol aroma. Flavor of strong coffee with hops bitterness in a good balance. Low carbonation, long aftertaste.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate: From a HUGE wooden cask at GBBF.
Black with a thin but very stable tan head, good lace and awesome bubbles when swilled. A very good looking beer. Amazing roasty chocolate aroma that is full of freshly ground coffee and some awesome barrelly alcohol. Strong bourbon notes but not at all over done. This is how barrel aging should be done. The flavour carries on in an almost equally incredible fashion. The oak is a little more apparent and somehow the chocolate has become even richer and darker and moved on into the 100% cocoa category. Superb roasted nut and oaky booze finish. Tart and full of action. This is just an incredible beer. My first of the festival and my last of the first day and my last of the second day too. I could not get enough. I know someone who was even more into it than me however. A certain Mrs Fonefan drank nothing but this on day two. She somehow remained impressively sober too. Bloody brilliant!