leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, GBBF 2007. Black with a beige foam. Aromas are dark syrup and mollasses with earthy coffee. Quite light. Flavours are light roast coffee malts with decent bitterness. Some floral notes with metal. Dark syrup with a light finish.
harrisoni (13560) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask gravity at GBBF 2007. Actually quite a nice porter, itís got plenty of choc, a little thin in mouth maybe. OK whisky type malt. Odd, Fine, Interesting.
maeib (8627) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense- GBBF2007. A black beer with beige bubbles. The aoma is dry, smoky and roasty. The taste is good dry roast. Some coffe flavours. Nice and tasty.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 Cask@GBBF07. Whiskey aroma with laurel and chocolate. Black color, light brown head, fair lace. Very sweet, whiskey, hint of coffee, light roasted. Sticky and sugary. Kind of a love/hate beer. I decided to average that in the rating. Note: somehow I rated this beer twice at the GBBF but ratings were luckily the same.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A Mes rate:
Gravicask at GBBF. Black with a tan head. Reasonably pleasant nutty and creamy nose. Flavour along the same lines but very dusty and some rather sickly berries. Nothing too special but I have a feeling this wasnít on top form.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2007 Draught half-pint at NERAX on 5/2/07
First beer from these new guys and Iím very impressed. Lovely, bright appearance is very dark brown with light amber-mahogany tints and a creamy tan head that shows moderate retention, light lacing.
Light cocoa in the nose is not powdery or grainy in the least. Malts are soft on the nose, with semi-sweet bakers chocolate-like aromatics and just the right amount of base malt sweetness. Near perfect levels of chocolate malt that donít go overboard, but still give enough definition to the style. Light vanilla and some cream notes on the finish give a pleasant, easygoing end to this flawless aroma. Little/no hop apparency, no alcohol/flaws. Medium-high strength of aroma and a very clean, fresh yeast presence.
As clean and put-together as the aroma is, the flavor is where it really shows its finesse. Light roast is chewy and leaves a snappiness towards the finish, while soft pale malts comfort the palate and provide body. For a 3.8 cask stout, youíve got to absolutely nail the attenuation and balance of dark malts and they did it wonderfully here. Moderate chocolate is not overly bitter and tastes almost flakey on the palate, with a hint of nuttiness and chewy graham cracker-like texture. No flaws, hardly any wateriness, even allowing for the style but immensely drinkable and probably one of the best American beers at the fest. Awesome to see this difficult feat of brewing accomplished. Iíll be makin the trip up to Gardner to check these guys out soon. I may be under-rating this one.....
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at the brewery. Aroma is very dark brown/just about black. Aroma is alot of dry chocolate, and roast. Taste is dry chocolate, nice and roasty and bitter, finishes with more dry chocolate and roast notes. very nice.