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Hawkshead Brodie’s Prime Reserve

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Brewed by Hawkshead
Style: Imperial Stout
Staveley, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brodie’s Prime Reserve is Brodie’s Prime, brewed to extra strength and matured for at least 6 months in oak Bladnoch whisky barrels. This has infused the beer with whisky flavours and deep ened the rich complex flavours of Brodie’s Prime.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
worldbeertaste (1739) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2015
10.2012 bottle bottle drank 01.2013. Very dark brown almost black but you can see the red tint in the corners with creamy, sticky, lacy, lasting, but thick brown head. Smells of deep malt, burnt and roasty that comes off as heavy as an imperial stout, cherry, some liquorish but much less than fresh XXXBP, less alcohol present too with sweet blueberries and no vanilla and whiskey. Smooth oily body. Tastes thin with roast, coffee dark malt and dark chocolate with a bit of whisky and wood on the finish. Not so boozy as its young version. S9.L5.P4.T8.O16. 12.2010 bottle drank 01.2013. Looks about same with a tint of red and a creamy tan lasting thick head. The smell fills with vanilla and deep alcohol with a cherry sweetness and less roast than before. May of the flavours have combined together. Palate is smooth and silky. Less sweet taste than before with high whisky notes. Mellowed out from its former sharpness. S9.L5.P5.T10.O18

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (754) - SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2014
Spicy Woody bottle nose. Mmmm. Dark dark brown almost to black. Medium big & beaming but loose magnolia head. Still a fair amount of fizz but very deep and mouth covering earthy. Complex but could do with being more tightly knit together.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (6297) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2013
Cask at the hanging bat. Deep black pour, dark tan head. Aromas of whisky, oak, dark stone fruit. More on the taste, whisky coming through. Nice sweet linger. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2013

Cask (gravity) @ NWAF 2013, National Winter Ales Festival, The Venue, Sheridan Suite, Manchester, England.

[ As Hawkshead XXX Brodies Prime Reserve ].
Clear dark black - red brown color with a small, open and fizzy, virtually none lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, sugary - syrup, dark dried fruit, alcohol - whiksy. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, dark malt, licorice, dark fruit, alcohol warm, thick. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20130124]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3020) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Cask at Bat. Black with tan head. Atoma has something sharp and tangy, could be mildly infected, fruity, berries, blackcurrant. Taste of tangy berries and licorice, little woody whisky. Tad thin but smooth. Quite odd bit whatever’s going on with it seems to work. Decent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6466) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Cask at the Hanging Bat. S harp whisky on nose with dark fruits, sweet and fruity with some light chocolate and toffee, sweet whisky.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scottishchris (424) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2013
Cask in the bat. Dark dark with brown small head. Lots of medicinal whisky on the nose. Woody, caramels, malts. Very soft carbonation. Bit too much barrel for me, but good

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1758) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2013
Dark Cola brown, with a neat edge of be bubbly brown head. Vibrant TCP boozy up front, warming and woody backboard. Restrained unsweetened choc initially, dark unchewed toffee and bright wood dryness. Malt rolled dark fruits and a wink of bitterness before a dark choc, coffee and molasses sweetness. Oily but smooth and airy enough to be drinkable for the richness. Finish is therefore perhaps a bit swift, wheezes of whisky and dusty dark choc with a boozy sheen to the linger.
I’m assuming the Export I had before is an unaged version, but this really fuses the fruit and spice with the ageing nicely and makes it all the more impressive.

Cask, Hanging Bat, Post MTB

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle sourced from the Brewery. The pour’s chestnut brown with a large khaki head. Somewhat thin in appearance. The nose is Dirt-covered wood. Quite earthy. Blackberry squash. Some toffee and honey comb. The taste is quite boozy for an 8.5% beer. Harsh booze. Mild acetone. Wood. Tangy red apple skin and berry compote. A bit of dark chocolate. Toffee, nutmeg. Not particularly harmonious or smooth. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, not a favorite. I love Hawkshead, but I think they might have some bottling issues.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle at North Bar, Leeds. Pours a deep brown/black, small head. Aroma is oak/whisky vanilla, forest fruits, a little chocolate, wood, sherry and a spot of lavender perfume. Taste is great too - black chocolate, a little coffee, wood, oaky and whisky vanilla, some forest fruit character, almost a little brett. Wonderfully balanced, with a good dry bitter (almost tart) finish. Fairly full bodied with CO2 prickle. Not too heavy. This is spot on, and bloody impressive.


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