Fin (6893) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Cropredy Festival, Cropredy, nr Banbury, Oxon very kindly shared by Craig. 13.08.11 Pours black with a beige head. This is very fruity with plums all over it, some fruity sourness, fruit skins. There is an undercurrent of coffee and it is nicely roasty. Good beer. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov13 3.4
TheRealMGD (549) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from New World. Dark brown pour with a sienna head leaving heavy lace. Chocolate nose. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Baking hocolate, dark roast malt bitterness, licorice and some citrus hops. Dryish, short finish. Light mouth feel and some tartness (2010) make this somewhat of an odd one to judge..
harrisoni (12487) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at a BF in Rome at Mes’ stag do. Choc almost bourbon like aroma. Bit too carbonated. Good choc. Likeable. Ok
rebella (39) - SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color and a light brown head.
Coffee and choclate flavour.
gyllenbock (3948) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a large tan head. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some light notes of hops. On the thin side, nothing special. The finish was dry.
Jimthechap (1421) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I found so much to like about this beer. It could have been the time and place elements (it was smack in the middle of an Epic Brewery tasting and it mad for a pleasant distraction from lots of hoppy beers).
Smells plummy and roasty with molasses, spice and Christmas cake While it smells more fruity than anything else, it has certain oakiness about it that is rather wonderful. Tannin?
Upon tasting there is a moment of shock and surprise as the enormity of all the flavours hit you at once. Plums, molasses spicy and maturity. A perfect reflection of the aromas. When allowed to warm in the hand there’s treacle pudding, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. It becomes more herbal as you go on: rosemary and also a buttery Chardonnay-like flavour.
The brewer used brown malt for its aging capacity, Bramley Cross and Target hops and medium tasted brand new American oak barrels.
Immensely satisfying and joins the pantheon of my favourite beers. Simply outstanding.
anders37 (15300) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma with some hoppy hints. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish.
rlgk (9031) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Black beer with a creamy beige head. Malty chocolate aroma, milky and with some hops. Thin watery flavor, rather disappointing.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - APR 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice but simple aroma of roasted malts and fusels. Thin, dry taste that leaves me a little disappointed.
gnoff (7330) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
50 cl bottle, thanks to ekstedt!
Sampled on April 1, 2011
Black color, light brown head. Sweet, green, hoppy, spicy, chocolate scent. Thin, malty, fruity taste. Thin mouthfeel, low bitterness.