WingmanWillis (77) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at Ken’s 20k tasting. Many thanks to Madmitch "Ahab" 76 for providing this whale of a beer.
Pours a dark brown with very minimal head and little carbonation. Aroma of leather, tobacco, fruit cake and a little booze. Warming feel and all sorts of tastes going on with the fruit cake, leather, tobacco and a little fudge plus many others. Really glad to have the opportunity to try this complex beer. Cheers Ken. Here’s to sharing 25k!
Theydon_Bois (15008) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Madmitch76 20K tasting, massive thanks to the ever generous Ken for supplying this juan, 15/01/16.
Light black with a moderately appointed tan covering that dissipates to edgeing.
Nose carries a big dollop of malt, light smoke, chocolate, bourbon infuse, burnt treacle toffee, raisens, stewed dark fruit rinds.
Taste drops away a touch from the nose, dark fruit compote, light smoke, dates, fruit cake, tinged with oxidisation, black forest gateaux, molasses, tobacco, vinous.
Full bodied, slick feel, warming alcohol in the close.
Great to try and not bad at all age considered, has held up well, oxidisation is light. ABV is well masked, though will have dropped away, barrelling subtle ...see ABV. Great to tre this beast and glad to have done so now and not in a few years time !
MannyGoldberg (181) - The big bad LDN, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Generously provided by Ken/Madmitch at his 20K tasting- 15th Jan 2016. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is slightly meaty/sweet soy sauce. Taste is sweet figs, raisins, bourbon. Mouthfeel is oily with a hint of carbonation. Lots of warming booziness but still quite drinkable. Light oxidation. This was better than I expected considering the age etc. A real treat to be able to try it. Cheers Kenny!
Scopey (10683) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 20K beer for 20K Kenny thanks to the main man himself. Congratulations! Exceptionally generous of him! It pours darkest brown with no head whatsoever. The nose is rich malts, meaty, umami, oily, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, chewy, unctuous, fudge, alcohol, fruit cake and toasted coconut. The taste is rich, oily, chewy malt, warming heat, meaty, Marmite, toasted stuff, raw alcohol, slick, umami, plum, raisin, fig, some oxidisation and some spicy Worcestershire sauce on the back-end. Finish is warming and spiced. Full body and oily, slick mouth-feel. Warms yer cockles that’s for sure. Rich, oily and warming. Not quite the best beer ever, but great fun to try. Thanks!
The_Osprey (4887) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to the ever-generous Kenny for sharing this rarity as his 20K beer. As ’Hair of the Dog Dave’, bottled 1994. Black, very little head, leaves legs on the glass. The aroma is meaty, OXO cubes, chocolate, plastic, dirt and booze. Body is medium to full, oily and smooth. Taste is dry palate-stripping booze, spice, oil, dirt. Dry, spicy and boozy all over but not showing as much alcohol as you’d expect at 29%. A great experience to try this one. Holding up very well at 22 years old.
teorn88 (5144) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cl bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K celebrations @Chriso’s, huge thanks to Ken himself. Happy 20k rates! It pours a deep dark brown color with no head. Aroma is cloyingly sweet and full of raisins rum and bourbon notes, also custard coffee vanilla white chocolate and more booze. Taste is sweet with some more booze and notes of bourbon leather vanilla rum raisins big sweet and bold with more molasses and light carbonation. Light to medium bodied with very soft carbonation. Overall, fantastic experience huge thanks to Ken an still a good and tasty beer.
madmitch76 (20074) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber beer. No head. Palate is light and semi dry. A little carbonation. Spicy alcohol. Caramel aniseed. Tracesof chocolate and dark fruits. Spicy warming dark finish. Wow - still packing a punch. Fairly drinkable.
harrisoni (16055) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Madmitch 20k tasting. Black dark brown colour no head. Soy sauce bovril aroma. Some heat. Some chocolate some soy sauce. OK quite hot. It’s alright. Not the best beer of the day.
brokensail (14558) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Hair of the Dog. Somehow managed to be the 100th rating for this. Not sure that really means anything. Thanks to all the fellow dumbasses who also blew way too much money on this. Flat and black in color with no head. Big bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a touch of soy sauce. Some notes of peat and smoke. Lots of chocolate, in fact. Decent bit of burnt sugar as well. There is a lot of peat and smoke at first, followed by big time chocolate oxidation. Caramel sweetness, some dark fruits, soy sauce, and a decent bit of booze. Chocolate covered almonds and blueberry. Pretty interesting stuff and honestly way better than I expected.
hayduke (4293) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well this may have been one of those moments in beer tasting you will remember the rest of your life. I got a good taste of this thanks to the incredible generosity of Todd. I can not thank you enough for letting me share in this experience. The beer was very black and had no head by the time I saw it Nose of sugar and a ton of other aromas. Full body. No sign of alcohol which is amazing by itself. The flavor is a fantastic rich bitter sweet with wood, vanilla, and dark fruit. Really really good. I am in beer heaven. .