madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9th February 2013
Bruce’s Birthday Bash at the Craft Clerkenwell. What a haul from Birthday boy - outstanding! Opaque black - brown beer, little pale tan head. Palate is light and crisp. Mild minerals. Slightly sweet dark chocolate. Touch of licorice. Smooth sweet finish. Very nice!
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle..Pour is dark black with a dark tan head..Nose is boozy,plum,fig,sweet,wood,dark fruit..Taste is fig,dark fruit,boozy,dry,wood,nutty.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip.
A: Pours a blackish color with brown highlights. A light khaki head. Recedes to a thin cap. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.
S: Oaky with some light roasty malts. C hocolate withe some figs and dark fruit flavors. Light boozy notes.
T: Even more oaky than the nose suggests. Dark chocolate with a some roasted malts and brown sugar sweetness. Raisins and figs. Boozy sweetness on the backend, but not too hot.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet and roasty finish.
O: This was too oaky at this point. Hopefully some time will blend the beer together a little better.
Serving type: bottle
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, provided by Huhzubendah. Thanks! Poured a maroon color. Dark fruits, some ruby notes. Flavor was fruits, coffee, and chocolate. This was pretty tasty. Touch of booze on the nose and on the tongue. Enjoyable.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
gray brown, thin cream head. Salty plum nose, thin, umami, light chocolate. Flavor is less salt, chocolate and roast mid, finishes with brownie and cake. Thick and full, rich.
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, thanks Huhzubendah. Black body with brown edge, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, alcohol warming, light raisin. Sticky medium-full body, minimal carbonation.
Travlr (21440) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark maroon color, tan edge head. Aroma of plums, dark fruit, subtle port. Taste is roasty and fruity coffee. Nice.
Huhzubendah (3481) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer is near black with a beige cap. The aroma brings roast, coffee, pine, light spice, brown sugar. The flavor is good but not great. Medium bodied with a touch of heat in the finish. Pretty good.
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IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Imbibe. Nose is fig newtons, dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla and alcohol. Pitch black with a medium heavy lacing beige head. Flavor is figgy and sweet with some chocolate, molasses, and alcohol.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick, viscous, dirty motor-oil black with a small tan head on top. Fair retention of the foam. Some light sticky globs hang around after each sip. Rich flavorful aromas of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee, bourbon - all enveloped in a sweet scent of fruit. There’s something about these big bold stouts/porters when they mix in fruit character that I really dig.
Amazing feel as this viscous beer wraps up the palate in a wash of velvety goodness. Subtle carbonation, heavy feel. This is a sipper for sure. A wonderful treat to close out the night with. Big flavors of dark fruit - plum, fig, raisin. Sweetness pulls through with notes of vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar. Mild roasted quality helps bring this one around and prevents this from becoming a total sweet bomb.
This was a really great beer, and a reminder why this is one of my most anticipated releases each year. Wasn’t a fan of the XXIII, so this was a pleasant treat. A wonderful marriage of dark fruits and dark chocolate in the form of a fantastic beer.