thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009. Pours like thick used motor oil with a thin dark tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, alcohol. taste follows suit with aroma with a touch of spiciness. Full body with lively carbonation and a sweet, sticky finish
Leighton (14334) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home in London - picked up at GBBF in 2011. So, I would assume the vintage on this is around 2011. Pours rich, oily red-black with a dense, creamy beige head. The aroma is crazy, with lots of dark malts, subtle funk, ripe and tangy berries, old leather, earth, soft cocoa. Medium to heavy sweet flavor, a little syrupy, with oily chocolate, more decadent, sugary ripe and lightly tart berries, raspberry, cherry, some musty leather, old bread, hoisin sauce, blackberry preserves. Full bodied, chewy, with light carbonation. Warming, sticky and oily on the finish, with gooey chocolate character, more jammy blackberry, other tart berries, some charred wood, moderate earthy bitterness, brownies. Lingering dark malts and leathery, tangy dark fruits in the aftertaste. An incredible beer. The layers of complexity are impressive. It probably isn’t the most drinkable beer around, but for its dynamic aspects it earns very high marks.
pintbypint (2976) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBAG 2015. Sampeld from an 11.2 fl oz brown bottle. 1999 vintage, I think? Poured out deep brown and headless. Nose has almond, soy sauce, chocolate. Taste of soy, nutty undertones, faded roast. Medium bodied and oily in the mouth. Alcohol wasn’t really present. It was interesting to try, but didn’t really work for me.
dfearnley (1285) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to taster at RBAG 2015
Caramel, smoke, bacon, booze. Dark black, no head. Oil, tar, sour. Good.
Ferris (8040) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Soy sauce, light booze and dark chocolate. Jet black with no head. Minty and herbal notes with some soy and a long finish.
kbudd19 (899) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle vintage 1999! Appearance is thick and black with no head. Aroma is soy sauce, anise, cherry, and molasses. Taste is soy sauce, light carb, light mint and bitter dark chocolate. Pretty fucking good for a beer 16 years old.
DIBBLE (102) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big sweet burnt caramel, toffee, dark berries aroma. Thick light brown head with lacing over black oily beer. Thick sweet mouthfeel. Big sweet and bitter dark roast malt flavours with licorice, toffee, coffee, brown sugar. Very satisfying warming and medicinal.
zimbo (765) - SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Luxuriously beautiful stout which everyone forgets about. Beautiful rich slick light brown glossy head on top of a silk body. Huge depth of flavour which has great sap and a constant developing flavour profile and a beautifully appetizing sour cherry quality. Vinuous and complete.
Forget about the old withered cork bottles. The crown cap is absolutely majestic.
olsvammel (4234) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a big tasting (Nördprovning 2015). Roasted smell with dark chocolate. Very sweet taste with dark malts and raisins.
McNeillR (1778) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Neat brown and ruby glint, filmy and dandy head. Lean roast and a firm saltiness. A slip of carbonation.
BenH (3068) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Near black with tan head. Slightly sour aroma, funky, woody, cherry, berries. Taste is roasty, chocolate, fruity, oak, berries. Slightly bitter finish.