Ungstrup (27685) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black beer with a disappearing brown head. The aroma is sweet roasted with notes of chocolate, and so is the flavor with a dry roasted end. The body is thin, which surprises me. Nice Mild.
Sigmund (4510) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, RBESG 2005 Grand Tasting. Dark brown colour, nearly black. Pleasant roasty aroma, notes of coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Flavour is roasty and smokey, notes of tar. A solid beer!
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, tan head. Roasted nose with some hints of raisin. Watery, oatmeal-ish flavour, slightly acidic. Burnt taste. Some residual sugars.
TBone (11326) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 75cl @RBESGí05
Opaque black, not much head. Roasted coffee nose. Starts soft, then hoppy, roasted, chocolaty. Long roasted aftertaste.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
OK, this was the most difficult beer to open, ever. I broke a waiters friend, literally clean snapping the metal. Once I eventually got the cork out, nothing! No pfft, itís completely flat. That said, it does not detract from the appearance. Deep black in colour, with no head. Aroma is dominated with chocolate, with some interesting woody notes in the background. Initial flavour a meld of sweet chocolate, liquorice and port. Some roast coffee notes come more evident later on. Slight acidic flavours there as duff noted. Medium-full bodied, and very silky. Quite a "classy" ale. Well worth the hard time opening the bloody thing!
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The cork was an absolute bitch to get out - I never could have done it by hand, so had to cut off the "muffin top" bit and extract the rest with a waiterís friend. Seriously imposing looking brew. Opaque black (though the glass shape would affect that Iíd imagine), itís hard to get much head on the pour due to nearly non-existent carbonation but itís brown and it stays. Massive milk chocolate aroma jumps out of the bottle from the get-go, marshmallows, dusty cocoa and a bit of smoke. Lots of elements that donít usually impress me greatly but in this case itís really classy. Taste is a beautiful mix of light but rich, smooth, chocolaty malts, a very clean but quite prominent tartness and a tiny bit of hop and liquorice at the end. Very late developing roastiness. More or less no carbonation but the mouthfeel has heaps of life. Quite light-bodied in the best way, and very silky. Gets better and better. Brilliant stuff, really classy. I reckon you could probably get away with calling this a mild, an old ale or even a sweet stout, not that it really matters. THANK YOU DUFF - great choice!
Garrat (1249) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 From A Large Bottle.Deep dark brown in colour,small brown head,aroma of malt,chocolate,old wine,sherry,damp wood,the off license from childhood,taste is of burnt wood,sherry,red wine,oak,roasted malt,dark chocolate and blackberry,dry tarty and wonderful,hedgehog and a walk in the woods when it rains.Not consistent,but for a fine beer like this,i can forgive such things.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Burton festival. Thought Iíd like this more; dark brown body, dirty head, cracking aroma of woody mustiness but fell down in the taste; Some roastiness to it but a really biting edge to it, no subtlety, almost a gone-off milkiness in the finish. Hope this was just a poor barrel and that a bottle carries it off better.
SilkTork (5021) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Aug, 2003 Bottle, bought by Duff at Chelmsford Festival, with Nuffield. Oak, leather, chocolate. Watered down Nestleís Milk. Cream cheese. Brambles. Tinned pineapple. Sugar. Bags of flavour wrapped up in a soft, luscious body. A wonderful beer. [4.3]
June 2009 Cask at Gardeners Arms, Lewes, during the RateBeer Harvys Brewery Tour Wow! Coffee. Wonderful. World class. Creamy and delicious. [4.7]
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Champagne corked 750ml bottle, kind of strange for an English beer. This was a very nice surprise however. Deep brown, with a nice head. Aroma is vinous and woody as nuffield mentions, also notes of chocolate and caramel. Palate, is very soft, with little, if no, carbonation. Palate is gently sweet, with caramel and chocolate, beautifully met by some cutting acidity/sourness, almost vinous mouthfeel. With a long, semi-roasted finish, a very nice beer.