Bebum (193) - - FEB 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque, good lacing.
Full body, dense flavor mass, avg length.
Sourish, sweet, bitter in balance with each other, pronounced alcohol heat.
Dried fruit (cherries, grapes), not clear to me the whiskey cask influence.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
cgarvieuk (12877) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
at the bat... Deep black... Creamy tan head... Soft deep meaty roast.. Light whisky nose... Big whisky front... Juicy dark roast malts... Solid rosst malts... Little chocolate... Big boozy ehisky but blended in... Very soft
Rune (7246) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
One-third pint taster, draught at London Craft beer Festival. Inviting appearance with its pitch black body and a low, light brown head that laced well. Mid-sweet dark malty nose, hints of anise and chocolate. Likable confectionery taste character supported by a dry, whisky touch. Lingering roasted finish. Well bodied, warming and balanced. Perfect sipper (London 16.08.2013).
Zer0 (1126) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at LCBF. Pours black with no head at all. First time on cask in the UK. Aroma is liquorice, coffee and roast. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet. Remarkably easy to drink for 11%. Medium body with soft carbonation.
Osprey87 (1097) - London via, WALES - AUG 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
LCBF. So the rep says, this is the first time this has been on cask in the UK, but the previous ratings suggest otherwise! Black, no head at all. Medium body. Some liquorice and liquer in the smell and flavour, but I’m mostly getting mature cheese (in a very good way). I imagine that this stuff pairs up fantastically with good quality cheese.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Red’s. 11% ABV version. Poured an opaque black color. The head was thick and light brown with good retention and lacing. Smelled of roasty malt, anise, dark chocolate, and cocoa. There were also whiffs of raisin, blueberry, and subdued soy. Full bodied and dry. Lowish carbonation with a surprising tart note. Distinct woodiness with unripe dark fruit, cocoa, and burnt malt flavors.
Svesse (5821) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Cask, by gravity, at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 26 Nov 2010) Black colour with foamy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of coffee, chocolate, dark bread and subtle hints of oak wood and whisky. Roasted, malty taste with chocolate, coffee, dark bread, oak wood and a slightly spicy finish with hints of whisky. Almost full body, sweetish. Exceptionally well balanced for its abv, and as usual with these beers the oak wood is subtly integrated with the rest. Lovely stuff.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (gravity dispense) at the White Horse Old Ale Festival on 26 November 2010. I’d tried the 10 and 30 year olds from cask before so it was good to be able to try an inbetweener. This is the uncut, cask-strength version although mistakenly listed under the normal bottled ABV of 8.0%. Very dark ruby colour - almost black. No head. Very vinous in the aroma and flavour. Also some dark chocolate and lots of chewy fruit. Sweet and rich with a full mouthfeel. Overall, just a little too sweet for my taste but excellent stuff nonetheless.