oh6gdx (25224) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask@GBBF2008. Very dark brown colour, close to black, small beigeish brown head, which disappeared quite fast. Wow, so where do I begin? Aroma is raisins and sweet wood along with some vanilla at the first breath-in. The following ones bring a lot of stuff, mild notes of alcohol and chocolate, some slight madeiraish sweetness along with fruityness. Some sweetish sour notes of old coffee. Flavour is about as comples, or maybe even more so. The evident notes are wood, sweet fruits and some spices. All this mixed in with a warming touch of alcohol and some slight notes of smoked wood. Long sweetish caramelly and wooden aftertaste in this beauty. This was beer was a real mindblower, and if the various parts of the mouth picking up flavours could get orgasms, this beer would probably be the one doing it...
leaparsons (9779) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask, GBBF 08. Dark with no head. Aromas are rich roast malts with warming brandy and lots of lqiqourice. Woody and vinous. Flavours are chocolate and coffee with spices and lots of warming alcohol. Smooth and rich with a very long aftertaste. Great.
Svesse (7765) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Cask at GBBF, London, 5 Aug 2008) Very dark brown colour with foamy, pale brown head. Malty, woody nose with notes of dried fruit, prunes and raisins. Rather vinous, dominated by the wood aromas. Malty, woody taste with dark fruit, raisin, prunes, bourbon and coffee (or rather what we in Sweden call kaffekask - coffee with a generous splash of liquor in it). Long, vinous and woody finish. Very warming. Excellent stuff!
Sigmund (6646) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at the GBBF 2008, gravity dispense. Nearly black colour (very dark reddish brown). Intense and lovely aroma of various subtropical woods, winey notes. The mouthfeel has lots of alcoholic warmth as expected. The flavour has notes of oak and fortified wine. Very good.
Skinnyviking (8660) - 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 (21106) - 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 (3793) - 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 (1588) - 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!