Garrold (1078) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beermoth, Manchester. Label states this was brewed at Nogne. Anyhow... Oily black. Thin, lasting, brown head. Aroma is Old Jamaica chocolate. Leather. Tobacco. Wood smoke. Vanilla ice cream. Taste is cocoa sweet first off. Black fruit semi sweetness. Dried vine fruit, fusty dryness. There’s even a light saltiness in there. A bitter, roasty finish evens everything up. I’m having a good beer night, tonight!
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @brew night with jeevan & allmyvinyl. Pours black thin tan head, big malty nose a touch of dark cherries and some apple on the nose, also some woody notes. Taste is very much the same. Nice but nowhere near as good as the calvados.
CloakedDagger (522) - - APR 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 25 cl. Pours an opaque black with a small, light brown head - very thick and syrupy. Rich - almost fat - body. Sweet, vanillaish roast with some oxidized barrel notes - even if they are hard to detect as Cognac. Warming finish. Delish. 030414
allmyvinyl (2793) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
250ml bottle courtesy of Lonick. Pours like crude oil. Tiny tan head. Aromas are boozy, apples, brandy, dark chocolate, eyes water. Taste is big and sweet, some burn, more dark chocolate. Good, but quite a contrast to the Speedway, which, at a similar strength was a damn sight smoother drinking.
Sevenlee (1253) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours totally black with a small black head. Aroma is malt, roastiness, chocolate, coffee, caramel, woody notes, some cognac and dark fruits. Taste is high sweet and intense leading to a hefty but well hidden alcholic finish. Fantastic!!
JStax (2772) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour. Pours a thick black with a khaki colored head of foam. The nuts and anise that I got from the base beer are still coming through, but there’s also a musty, earthy, sweet burn coming across in the taste. Pretty roasty overall and has a nice barrel burn on the finish. Thick mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation.
markextrae (854) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2014 25cl bottle at home. poured at cellar temp. pitch black with a very small non lasting mocha chocolate head. intense aroma of cognac soaped red fruits, dark roasted chocolate.thick syrup mouthfeel, burned espresso beans, ash, caramel, oak, bitter coffee, cognac, quite boozy, boy this beer is so smooth. and way better as the calvados edition.
RasmusOtt (1051) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a crazy dark head (easy 5). Okay let’s dig into this, my expectations are very high here. Okay the first thing that strikes me in the aroma is the HUGE roasted espresso notes. Then i get smokey notes, tobacco, brown sugar, cinnamon cocoa nuts, woolen sweaters, dark rich chocolate, dark dried fruit, also some sweeter alcoholic notes (cognac) and just the characteristic George madness! Taste is just WOW. This beer gets me every time. Lots and lots of fruity coffee with alot of espresso characteristics. Also some dark dried fruits, smokey tobacco notes, dark rich chocolate, sweet english liquorice, vanilla and with a silky smooth palate. George is one Boss of a beer and this barrel is working very well!
JefVerstraete (1142) - BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 Oily black colour, very thick texture. Low carbonation. Overwhelming aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits and cognac. Very impressive, this is just perfect!
wyzzywyz22 (1942) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle delivered to my front door by Brewdog on-line shop. Pitch black pour with a meek tan head. Nose had notes of dark fruit, booze, malts, cognac and dark choc. Similar characteristics present in the taste alongside some roast and unfolding bitterness. Full bodied and smooth. Classy offering which does everything right.