Leighton (6973) - London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s 30th Birthday Bash - CBC Clerkenwell, London. Thanks to the big bad birthday boy. Pours black-brown with a fine, tan cream head. Dark malt nose, lots of charred bread, good roast, some dark chocolate. Medium sweet flavor with further dark chocolate, toasty sugars, dirt, raisins. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with lots more dark chocolate still, bitter charred wood, roasted malts. Great stuff. Good balance.
llcooldave (904) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black in the glass. Nice mocha aroma with some Khaluha notes as well. Tastes like a dark chocolate Chunky bar. Nuts, dark cocoa and dried fruit. Overall, a gem! Thanks barzigkin for sharing...
jackl (2596) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s birthday tasting. Cheers to Bruce for all the beer! The pour’s deep brown with a discreet off-white head. The aroma’s stewed prune, chocolate cake, earthy berry, bramble. The taste is light chili, general spices, earthy roasted chocolate, some tar and wood. Smooth stuff, soft carbonation. Overall, this was definitely the junior of the XXIII. Still, very solid.
EdKing (1302) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bruce’s B’day. Opaque black, creamy foam tan head. Nose is earthy, dirty, Marmite, roasted malt. Interesting! Taste is very malty, earthy, Marmite, chocolate. Nose is unusual but taste is nicely balanced.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bruce’s 30th celebrations, 08/02/13, big thanks to the birthday boy for sharing this one !
Mid black with a thin tan head that clears to the edge.
Nose is dark roast malt, chocolate, molasses.
Taste comprises dark roast malts, dark fruits, peppery, chocolate.
Full bodied, moderate carbonation, dry in the finish.
Scopey (3252) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce at his 30th Birthday Bash. It pours near black with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, liquorice, coffee, Dandelion & Burdock, light vanilla, plum and sweet date. The taste is roasted malt, earth, coffee, plum, charcoal, wood, alcohol warmth and molasses with a dry, earthy finish. Medium-full body and average carbonation. Decent.
mR_fr0g (444) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bruce’s birthday tasting st the craft. Sweet malt caramel boozy nose. Sweet toasty flavour . Molasses. . Sweet finish. Lingering.coffee finish.
Advocate_Ames (225) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The scent is of smokey roasted malts, a hint of vanilla, bourbon, and coffee. The flavor is rich of coffee. The chocolate and vanilla aren’t potent but they are noticeable. The malts are mild and have a nice roasted character. There is a charred wood and a subtle bourbon flavor too. The finish leaves a malts, coffee, and a slight bitterness. Overall this was a very nice brew.
Westmeister (938) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (XX version) - Pours a near black with light at the edges with a bubbly yet quickly diminishing head. Smell is rich dark fruits, chocolate and not much of a noticeable hint of the barrel-aging. Taste is licorice, mild old coffee, chocolate, oak, dark fruits and mild oxidation. I thought the flavors where all very nicely incorporated with one another and even the oxidation was not offensive in the least. Very nice.
jhogan4 (225) - El Cajon, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, poured into a pint glass. Pitch black with a small tan head. Smells of chocolate, roast, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is very balanced chocolate, mild coffee, vanilla, bourbon. Great full mouthfeel. I thought XXI was better than XXIV, although both are very good.