jackl (3477) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
wimpyjoe (2291) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Leighton (8750) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at CPK, London. Pours clear, black-brown with a fine, creamy head. Rich aroma with cocoa, coffee, whisky, wood. Medium to big sweet flavor with some bitter, booze-soaked wood, dark chocolate, some pinot noir, charred earth, lightly tangy dark fruits. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Mildly warming to finish but impressively mild (i.e. low-impact) at the same time, with some dark wood, dark chocolate, light coffee. There’s a great wood character permeating this beer. Great stuff. I wish I saw Hawkshead more often.
BeerCast_Rich (1812) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[cask at the Bow Bar, Edinburgh] Black as night and with a really soft, oaky, whisky aroma. Also vanilla and sweet sugary coffee on the nose. Oaky wood on the flavour, alcohol, coffee and that vanilla again on the flavour. Really drinkable for the abv, and so smooth 
Beersiveknown (2138) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bladnoch cask at bow bar.
Dark brown with mocha head. Oily texture, coffee, roast barley, slight sour whisky, vanilla, grain, boozy finish.
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Bow. EIBF 2012. Reddish black, thin beige cap. Soft, sweet whisky nose, liquorice, coffee, vanilla oak, fruity booze hint. Soft and sweet, chocolate,subtle whisky, liquorice flavours. Short (too short ?) finish, lingering oak sweetness. Good.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Hawkshead. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin light tan head. Aroma of whiskey, dark chocolate, oak, liquorice and roasty malt. Similar flavours with alcohol quite prominent. Mild bitterness and carbonation with an oily mouth-feel. Lingering liquorice, chocolate and whiskey characters again. Lovely.
jfb (3174) - GERMANY - MAR 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) pours a pitch black colour with a very faint white head. restrained aroma of vanilla, light chocolate and tar, brown sugar and coffee. flavour is quite ashy, with notes of toasted malts, caramel and vanilla, brown sugar, with lots of boozy alcohol in the medium roasted-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.
Ober (2805) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ 5th ACBF 2012. A black colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of dark malts, a little wood. The taste moves from a little chocolate too strong, with also notes of liquorice juice. The aftertaste is some sweet with bitter.