Theydon_Bois (6994) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - FEB 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at ChrisO Snow tasting, thanks to Chris, 20/01/13.
Extremely dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head.
Nose carries dark malts, dark fruits, light sugars, molasses, touch of booze.
Taste comprises dark fruits, booze, raisens, dark malt, figs, molasses, spice.
Full bodied, soft carbonation, boozey finish.
Decent enough stuff.
jamesie1857 (1227) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275ml bottle from Beer Hawk - Dark black brown body with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted, chocolate malt, dark dried fruit, liquorice. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with dark dried fruit, liquorice. Nice oily body makes this a very nice one.
Osprey87 (1161) - London via, WALES - JAN 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2009 #168. Exactly 5 years old. Poured into a snifter. Thinnish pour, forms a black beer with no head. Smell - liquorice, bread, alcohol, brandy, musty chocolate that’s been left out for a while. Body - smooth, medium to light body, carbonation is low. Taste - chocolate and plastic up front, background yeast, coffee and smoke. I’m not getting any of the alcohol that was present in the aroma. All very smooth. Very good.
Philym (692) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Black with thin tan head.
Aroma: Liquorice, prune, vinous and a hint of treacle.
Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitterness and low sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium body, average carbonation, lingering astringent, liquorice and treacle finish with alcohol warmth.
Comments: Very good. This rating is for the bottled version 9.3%ABV.
kraddel (2433) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thnx to the brewer
pours black, good grey head
smell is bitter ( chocolate ? )
very good, heavy yet balanced, elegant taste
roasted malts, chocolate, bit coffee, bit bitter , very drinkable, good carbo . reminding at black albert, , but more elegant .
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Croydonia. The pour’s deep brown with a small head. The nose is cocoa, toffee, christmas cake. Some creme brulee. The taste is similar - cocoa, caramel bright chocolate sweetness. Just a touch of red berry tang on the finish. Medium body, fine carbonation. Decent.
Cuso (3801) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botlle courtesy of Scopey as part of European local swap II. Production date January 2009. Bottle No 1480. Almost black colored beer with small beige head. Roasty aroma with coffee, cocoa bones, vanilla, alcohol, lot of alcohol. Taste, roasted malt, coffee dark chocolate, plums, licorice, ash, wet wood. Strong coffee bitter, alcoholic finish. Tasty beer, however little bit boozy.
Leighton (9838) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Croydonia Tasting - East Croydon. This one I picked up at the Kris Wines some time ago. Pours clear, brown-black with a fine, tan cream head. Nose of dried dark fruits, chocolate, well-roasted malts and ash. Medium to big sweet flavor with sugary, dry bread, raisins, chocolate cake, dark fruits. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish with deep and dark malts, chocolate, burnt marshmallows, prunes and other dark, dried and ripened fruits. Solid.
Scopey (5521) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Leighton at Croydonia tasting. It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is roasty, liquorice, wood, sweet vanilla, coconut and booze. The taste is roasted malt, toast, cocoa, earth, liquorice, ash, caramel, toffee, vanilla and alcohol. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Well-integrated and pretty tasty. Perhaps a touch boozy, but not too shabby at all.
lusikka (5338) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
275 ml bottle. 2009 vintage.
Pours a black colour with a small white foamy head. Rich aroma of roasted malts, wood, licorice and weak metallic notes. Flavour of roasted malts, biscuit, licorice, some acidity and bitter chocolate. Alcohol warms a bit. Full bodied, oily and thin mouthfeel with low carbonation. Not at it’s best anymore I think.
olio (5272) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275 ml bottle. Bottle #250. Production date 01/2009.
Pours dark red, almost black color with a small off-white head. Aroma of licorice, dark roasted malts, dark fruits, dark berries, salmiac and some wooden bourbon notes. Flavor of licorice, salmiac, dark roasted malts, chocolate, faint vanilla and bourbon. Velvety palate. Nice.