essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Euston Tap, 16/11/12. Opaque black-red. Tiny brown head. Mid carb. Aroma - Strong smell of SWEET, fruity, spicy sherry & alcohol. Vinous & some rich woodiness. On the more traditional, beer-like aromas: pretty roasted malt. A nice, choccy, roast, bit ashy malt. Can’t smell much beyond the sherry & malt. Taste is light sweet and fairly sour, with lot of oaky, dry sherry & white wine flavours. This compliments the dry, roasty, choccy malt tastes well. Also, the fruit flavours from the sherry and some citrus hop too. Lots of aromatic, woody & nut flavours. Some vanilla. Very complex & hard to describe. Unusual. Body is mid. Finish is aromatic, woody, with touch of spicy hop. VERY interesting, novel & tasty beer. Amazing.
BeerCast_Rich (1891) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[keg at the Hanging Bat, Edinburgh] Black pour with a brownish head. Very fruity on the aroma – raspberry, redcurrant, blackberry. Fruits of the forest. Mixes well with the dark, chocolatey malts. Similar flavours – there’s not much sherry about it – but there is a faint hum of sweet alcohol in the background, alongside all of the ripe fruit. Drunk next to the Dark Arts Red Wine, it was inferior – but still a good beer 
BenH (2493) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at bat. Black with tan head. Chocolatey heavily roasted aroma, burnt toast, tiny berry tang. Similar taste, chocolate, char, tiny berry tang. Drinks like dark arts but something seems to have been lost. Decent.
cgarvieuk (15163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
keg at hanging bat ... dark black ...thin tan head ... soft roast malts ... dark chocolate roast... light sweet roast ... soft dark roast ... soft sherry ... big berry ... juicy malts ...
madmitch76 (16098) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
9th December 2012
King Willliam IV. Keg. Opaque black brown beer, good pale tan head. Slightly soft palate, airy with mild fine carbonation - nice! Very mellow dark malts, some cream. Nice touch of the bramble fruits - getting blackberry, blueberry and subtle raspberry. Trace of wood but I can’t pick out any sherry, which is a shame. Smooth finish. Good stuff.
RichTheVillan (3447) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Magic Rock Tap Takeover William IV; pitch black pour, creamy tan head, roast malt aroma, soft carbonation gives thin mouth feel, roast with chocolate taste, slight sweet wine.
Scopey (7376) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at King William. It pours near black with a thick light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, light smoke, meat, dark fruit, wood, hint of vanilla, jam and liquorice. The taste is roasted malt, creaminess, wood, dark fruit, jam, sherry, vinous aspect, earth, coffee, charcoal and liquorice with a long, dry finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Flavoursome and well balanced. I definitely prefer this version to the red wine one.
Leighton (11841) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at King Willy IV, London during Magic Rock Day. Pours dark brown with a super thick, lingering beige head. Really, the head lasted for more than 30 minutes (or until I finished the beer). Lots of dirty, dark malts on the nose, earth, dry baking cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with moderate burnt wood, dirt, dark cherry, dry chocolate. Medium bodied with fine, smooth carbonation. Dry finish with light spice, dry cocoa, burnt wood, earthy bitterness. Great balance and nuance.
jackl (4920) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ Magic Rock Tap Takeover 2012 @ The King William IV. The pour’s deep brown with a small head. The nose is tart ripe berry, woody funk, mild booze and chocolate-covered cherry. The taste is heavy sherry barrel, strong hot vinous red berry. This brings out some slightly harsh ashy, earthy flavors. Semi-bitter chocolate. Full body, silky mouthfeel. Overall, this is still nice, but I definitely preferred the red wine barrel treatment of this beer.
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Euston Tap - 16/11/12.
Light black with a big frothy tan head that thins but retains. Lacing follows.
Nose is dark malts, booze, light plastic, liqourice.
Taste comprises dark malts, dark vinous fruits, touch of booze, a little wood.
Fullish end of medium in body, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate.