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Hawkshead Brodie’s Prime Reserve

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (739) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (5688) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (38083) - 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]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2882) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5832) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scottishchris (369) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1632) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (5469) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (5456) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2013
Called XXX Brodies Prime at the NWAF ’13, it’s a strong black ale which heats the palate through its strength but retains its fruit flavours.

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