bb (6850) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a light tan head. Malt and light whiskey aroma. Malty flavor with light astringency and light diacetyl. Some light barrel notes. Medium bodied. Malt and light diacetyl lingers.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2009 Thanks PhilL. Pours dark brown, dark chocolate, dark fruits, grainy, malty, wood.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to PhilL for this one. Pours dark brown with no head. Nose is chocolates, slight grain and wood. The flavor follows nicely after the aroma with a bit more oak. Medium to full mouthfeel.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at chris o’s teabag for 2009 tasting. Alround rating: Dark Chocolate, small tartness, grain whisky, small dark forest gateaux.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s pre NYE tasting. And excellent red amber colour with a thin but lasting beige head. Lovely rich cakey malt aroma with plenty of barrel and some excellent whiskey notes. Similar flavour with added dark cherries and rich chocolate. A superb sour hit in the finish rounds it off superbly. Really good stuff and a massive hats off to the brewer for producing something different to the run of the mill mediocrity that plagues the UK beer scene.
harrisoni (13632) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl Bottle at Chris o New Year tasting 08/09. Thanks to Phil l for getting us this. Deep ruby colour. Lovely dark choc and whisky aroma. Very good aroma. Less good in mouth, some moreello cherry fruit, black forest gateau. Good aroma, just a little thin in the mouth, finish has more milk choc and cherry. Wood does come through. Cherry fruit lifts the beer.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at tashi’s Lithuanian Fighting Lager tasting, 5th Oct 2008. We escaped from the unremitting hell of the lagers to start on the dark beers and took a break from the Baltic to sample this UK porter. It’s near black with an off-white head. The nose has notes of dark malt, peat smoke and alcohol. The palate is soft and quite thin. Decent oakiness but needs more complexity on the tongue. Very slightly sour. Overall, somewhat disappointing.
wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Lovibonds Brewery Shop, Henley] Pours brown-black with a thick white head - a nice looking beer. Despite apparently being made from the Lovibonds Henley Dark, it bears little resemblance to it. The smell and taste are a somewhat surprising mix of treacle and straw, with the treacle rather dominant. After a while a sour whisky taste emerges - whatever whisky barrels they are using to age this, I think they need to find better ones! Finish is quite smooth with hints of vanilla and toffee but a very sticky mouthfeel. Its OK, but I was hoping for better.
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, courtesy of Phil L, shared with Blair from Hamiltons, Dean of San Diego Brewing, Greg from Stone and various others there. Judging by the commercial description Im not sure if the bottle was in good shape as it was a full on sour. Tart, vinous and woody with a sweet malty edge and a little caramel. Much more dark malt coming through than your usual sour but it still has me wondering if thats how it was intended. Not that it was bad, as everyone quite enjoyed it, especially alongside Deans Rudolphs Revenge but Id still like to try it again to be sure.