jackl (3477) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle @ Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013. Cheers to Harrioni for insisting I had an extra large pour of this malt likka whale. The pour’s black with no head. The nose is orange candy floss. Strong licorice. A bit of runny crap. The taste isn’t much better. Extremely sweet and oily. Crazy residual sugars, licorice. Motor oil. Thick, nasty on the palate. Overall, really poor.
Mandson1 (1) - Batley, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful refreshing drink with lemonade...this malt is ’taken’ (not drunk)..’for its perceived medical and nutritional benefits", notably its high vitamin C content. Second, it is not sipped neat, but diluted with lemonade or milk. When mixed with the former it becomes "Sheffield Stout" and tastes like a malty cross between dandelion and burdock and bitter shandy, with a faint caramel kick. Can’t believe this is now out of production after the Government’s budget tax relief changes. Such a shame and loss of heritage.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Special thanks to chriso for sharing this odd drink. Black beer and still. Big fruity alcohol nose of port and sherry. The mouth feel is so odd. It is so thick it almost holds it shape in your mouth. Too thick to be oily. Tastes like a rich port with molasses, brown sugar and raisin bread. So thick it coats the glass. I assume it would be better mixed into something.
DSG (4715) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 25, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
[10/4/13] Bottle sample at a tasting at chriso’s place. Very viscous dark brown to black. Aroma of alcohol, malt, soy sauce and port. Very sweet malty flavor, very syrupy, with sugar, molasses and a hint of fruitiness. Really really thick and syrupy. Very weird, like some kind of beer concentrate.
olliejobbins (619) - Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
680ml bottle. added to lemonade to make a long drink as suggested. also drank it straight and can see why people would review it poorly if they did the same. drink it as you’re supposed to and it’s nice.
anyway... on its own, pours as thick as treacle/tar. smells of star anise, absinthe, alcohol and lots of fermented fruit. tastes poor as it just clings to your tongue. very smooth but you have to chew it.
and with lemonade or a soft drink? tastes good. 6 lemonade: 1 black beer makes it slightly see through but it is still pretty damn black. you get the slight hint of star anise in the aroma but of course smells sweeter due to lemonade. taste is far better. toffee, caramel and the carbonation from the lemonade helps.
my suggestion is that people drink this both neat AND how it’s supposed to be drunk.
teorn88 (1656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
75cl bottle, DSG and jsquire tasting at Chris’. It pours a viscous deep dark brown color with no head at all. Aroma is intensely sweet with caramel toffee and loads of raisins. Taste is overly sweet with a huge amount if raisins notes. This really tastes like a raisins syrup. Think mouthfeel with no carbonation. Somehow pleasan to drink and I’d gladly pour some onto my Panettone for the festivities, but certainly this has nothing in common with beer.
anders37 (14818) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig ’13. Pours a black color with no head. Has a thick malty molasses and caramel aroma. Sweetish thick malty molasses spicy caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy finish.
mR_fr0g (1422) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013. This bear is a beast! Very viscous syrupy. Aroma is sweet caramel with some soy. Flavour is really sweet caramel treacle some berry. Fructose syrup . Verry very sweet.
Theydon_Bois (5486) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013, 10/08/13.
Thick black with a thin tan head, looks like motor oil!
Nose is thick dark fruit coated in Ronseal, herbal and mint notes.
Taste comprises Treacle toffee, Ronseal, varnish, herbs.
Full bodied, viscous, liqueur like, sweet boozey finish, cloying.
Solid number for its style!
Scopey (4697) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013. Malt liquor whale! It pours jet black with no head. The nose is roasty, turpentine, coffee grinds, treacle and molasses. The taste is treacle, fructose syrup, plum, raisin, light tanginess and molasses with a sweet finish. Full body, limited carbonation and syrupy, cloying mouth-feel. Unique for sure.... Big, sweet sticky and pretty cloying!