Skinnyviking (8630) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask. Low but lasting off-white fluffy head. Pitch black body. Coffee hops alcohol aroma. Smooth and pleasant port wine like flavor of coffee and just a hint of vanilla with low carbonation, long veneous aftertaste. Alcohol well hidden.
cgarvieuk (20641) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2015 Cask at GBBF 08... WOW i didnt even realise i had the Bourbon version. Deep brown... sweet vanilla nose ... again a light vanilla ... loads od toffeee and sweet malts ... nice mellow ... very warming... didnt really pick up much bourbon... Note were a bit poor as i thought it was a rerate of the normal version. Though i did think it seemed smoother that the normal bottle id tried at RBESG 08 but put that down to being cask.
Bottle at home ... 2015 ... fresh bottle ... dark brown ... thin tan head ... dark roast .. soft sweet malt roast nose ... dark chocolate roast ... heavy malts ... soft toffee chocolate malts ... soft malts ... sweet mellow toffee ... dark soft malts ... wuite a lot of alcohol.. rich roast ... 3.8
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2010 A Mes rate: Gravicask at GBBF.
How amazed I was when I saw the Angels share on the cask list at BSF. How utterly flabbergasted I was to discover on my arrival at the festival that it was the barrel aged version. A very attractive black red colour with a thin but lasting bubbly tan head. Huge oak, (massive wood?) rich malt, chocolate, slight peaty earthy notes and some stunning pina colada notes from the coconut infusion from the barrel. Absolutely stunning mouthfeel. Loads of length. Huge stuff all round. Maybe a little over the top and it’s not unusual for me to say that about Lost Abbey, but here it really really works beautifully. Superb beer.
Re-rate of one of the flat "undrinkable" bottles. If anything this is even better. I’ve just upped the aroma to a ten from a nine. The most amazing burnt caramel I have ever sniffed at. The lack of carbonation only serves to make it more drinkable and if anything it lets the amazing flavours sing even more. The sourness is more pronounced. The fruity malt is much better. Damn, if you guys in the States are not buying this, send it over here. For someone who loves Bass No. 1, the fact this is flat is a bonus. I could down a bottle to myself with no problem. I may be drunk fairly quickly but who cares when it’s this good? Oh and the overall has just bumped up to an eighteen. Superb beer.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - GBBF 2008. A dark, dark brown beer, with an intensely boozy nose. Definite brandy on the nose in my opinion, but the bourbon comes through in the mouth. Fairly sweet and beautifully full and long in the mouth. Excellently full flavoured and savourable.
rauchbier (3772) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask, at GBBF 08. Jet black, thin beige shortlived head and minimal condition. Mouthfillingly oily in the mouth with hints of sweet liquorice, coffee, and vanilla backed with oak and a strong spirity air, full and alcoholic in the mouth with more liquorice and vanilla, a slight phenolic roasted note and a delicate sweetness, spirity alcohol in the finish with yet more liquorice and a developing apple note more suggestive of calvados than bourbon.
GMCC2181 (1585) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7 ounce bottle from sparky27! Huge THANKS E! This bottle has been staring me down for months now.... I was waiting for the perfect quite moment to sip on this beer. The bottle alone is sexy. The cork was a shooter. The beer it self poured a suprisingly dark color. It barely let any light through. Decent one finger head. Aroma of sweet malts a hint of bourbon. Also the smell oak. Taste is very malty. Nice touch of bourbon. Sometimes brewers over do it, but not this one. Hint of smoke, chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel dark fruits and spices. All blended together very nicely. Smooth... Very easy to drink. The 12.5 is hidden. The carbonation is a little to high but still good. The texture is medium. Overall a good beer. Thanks E for sending this one my way!
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at GBBF 08. First beer of the festival for me as well, and what a way to start. A very intense beer with a fierce bourbon and berry aroma coming off the extremely dark brown body. Very flavoursome - lots of vanilla, caramel malt and spices. Very smooth and the finish simply goes on and on. A complex dark ale that all beer lovers should sample.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at GBBF ’08. First beer of the festival for me. Some said this would be best. It nearly was too. Very dark brown with no head. Strong, sweet date and dark fruit aroma with leather and liquorice. Intensely sweet, smooth taste with late and surprisingly intenese bitterness. Beautifully crafted beer. What a start to the fest!
harrisoni (16927) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at GBBF 08. Very very deep ruby with lasting beige head. Really very bourbon and vanilla aroma. Wow that’s just too much on the vanilla. Great flavour in the mouth. The original beer struggles through all that vanilla. Great toffee flavour. It’s very very intense. Big and huge. Hot alcohol. Pretty good once it settles down.
sloth (2786) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
High velocity uncorking with a spectacular eruption of foam, does,nt look good i thought to myself, hmm. Obviously the head was large and rocky, light brown in color, with good staying power. Surprisingly well carbonated for a BA brew. Lacing was nice, stringy and spotty at the same time, lasting. Appears as an opaque dark brown color, murky, not real inviting. The ashes were the first thing i noticed in the aroma, farly strong but enjoyable, different. Notes of dark fruits, hidden cedar with light earthy and dusty notes not to mention the mellow whisky notes. Full bodied, oily and slick on the palate with a low carbonation level. Gentle whisky flavors greet you backed by dark fruits, plum raisin, nice lumber, dry chewy malts, sorta bready, milk chocolate notes, vanilla, light smoke, cola, cedar notes too. Fruity and alcohol fueled, though gently, finish. Many thanks go out to oldstylecubfan for the bottle that was literaly LOST for a week or so, though no fault of his. Thanks so much Todd!