harrisoni (13144) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at MesandSimís tasting Aug 09. Black, lasting tan head. Black choc and espresso but with booze too on aroma. Good choc, in mouth itís a bit like choc liquers. But too hot and boozy on finish. Choc is great. Finish burn needs work. Good liquer like drink
wyzzywyz22 (1942) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Carringtons, Chorlton. A deep dark brown pour, with little in the way of a head. Aroma revealed itself with a big jab to the beak pipes that had a big hit of rich dark chocolate and brandy soaked christmas cake. Lovely stuff. Silky smooth and warming, the flavour was on the sweet side and had a great balance of roasted malt and fruit that was very satisfying. A pleasure, and definitely worth a look.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle with the party boyz on the train on the way back from peterborough beer fest 2009. Alround rating: Big roasty malts, with alot of acht, dark bittering chocolate. Big and roasty and just sort of ruined me. ACHT!
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at home.
Deep dark chestnut with a thin but well lasting tight beige head. Spectacular on the nose. Big fruity malt, angel cake, pear drops from the booze and some cookies and cream. Very good indeed. Instant hit of chocolate in the mouth backed up with the big fruity base. More cake but this time itís of the Battenburg variety. A faint hin of spice that is glorious, a faint hint of cardboard that is not so. Big hit of boozy warmth in the finish that is, if Iím being honest, maybe a little too much but right now itís not causing me any trouble. Absolutely superb dark chocolate aftertaste that has incredible length. Another very good beer from Hopshackle. Thanks Tom.
cgarvieuk (13919) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOTTLE 001 , Big thanks to Fin, and drunk at his house ... Deep black ... light smoke ... some cherry nose ... very fruity ... quite sweet and soft ... little smokey in linger ... could do with being a little richer but very nice.
Fin (7244) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle numbered No:1 kindly passed on to me by Nigel at Hopshackle. Tasted at Fin and Craigs pre Cropredy Festival mini tasting at Merton, Oxon 12-08-09 Pours dark brown,it peels away to lighter brown at the edges not much of a head noted. Aroma is subtle but pleasant with roasty malts and dark mollasses the most dominant. Tastes is roasty and malty but also has a nice fruitiness, some warmh from the alcohol, its smooth, there is even some citrus noted possibly tangerine amongst that fruity edge, little bit of bitterness, touch of liqourice its very nice stuff and more than held is own in some very highly regarded company. A7 A4 F8 P4 Ov15 3.8