madmitch76 (12076) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
26th December 2010
College Beer Club bottle. Opaque very dark brown beer. No head and zero carbonation. Nose of booze and paint! Semi dry smooth dark malt with a little wood and paint. Nice fruits - cherry and prunes. Trace of chocolate and just a whisper of rum. Finishes dry and warming. Was hoping for something a lot more luxuriant but there are some nice flavours here amidst the unwelcome paint.
Svesse (5660) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 26 Nov 2010) Pitch black colour with brief head. Malty, roasted nose with rum, oak wood, dried fruit, caramel and a hint of glue. Malty, roasted taste with notes of raisins, dried fruit, oak wood and vinous hints of rum. Full body, very sweet, with a slightly oily texture. The rum gets quite overwhelming in the aroma, but stays on a more balanced level in the mouth. Actually quite lovely.
LoFi (1432) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the 28th Old Ale Festival, White Horse on Parson’s Green. Almost black with some ruby or almost purple against the light. Small porous head that disappears instantly. Aroma: rum, some smoke or peat, dried fruits, raisins. Taste: a lot of alcohol, rum, salty licorice, also hints of peat or smoke, very vinous. Pretty full bodied, but hardly any carbonation. The taste was really good, but there was way too much alcohol. I would love to try this after a few years of aging, as it shows great promise.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (handpump) at the White Horse Old Ales Festival on 26 November 2010. Very dark brown with a reddish tinge. No head. Not much condition. According to the programme notes, this was matured in rum cask for 8 months and it shows. The rum rather overwhelms. Very fruity and a bit sweet. Reminiscent of Old Jamaica chocolate (thanks to Emma for that observation). Rather woody mouthfeel. Medium bodied with noticeable warming alcohol, although not too hot. Tasty but I couldn’t drink too much of it - the vanilla and rummy character imparted by the barrel was a bit too much for my taste (I have also noted this for ciders matured on rum, which is more common than rum barrel treatment for beers).