Leighton (14334) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared during the RBESG 2014 London Grand Tasting - Moncada Brewery. Pours oily black with minimal head. Big and sweet with peat smoke, thick chocolate. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with strong roast, bitter charred earth, decadent chocolate, burnt toast. Really good stuff.
Benzai (10606) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at RBESG 2014 Grand Tasting. Opaque black color, small light brown head. Aroma is heavy, malts, some alcohol, wood, liquor, bourbon, roast. Taste malts, roast, huge bourbon, liquor, lightly vanilla, wood. Lovely lovely beer, oily texture, medium to full body and carbonation. Absolutely lovely.
abergdahl (103) - SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as good as I hoped, a bit stale, no " oomph".. Ok but not rockin...
Scopey (9376) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBESG 2014 Grand Tasting. It pours near black with asmall, dense tan head. The nose is rich roast, earth, salted caramel, big dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. The taste is bitter, rich roast, earth, dark chocolate, mild acidity, dark fruits, some jam, light soy sauce and more chocolate with a smooth finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Decadent.
Niall73 (2284) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the Rate Beer European Summer Gathering on 09/08/14. From slightly brief notes…Pours dark brown. Big sticky dark fruit aroma. Soy, treacle, chic, coffee... There’s a dryness to it despite the stickiness. It’s OK.
harrisoni (15317) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle grand tasting RBESG14. Liquorice soy sauce oily. Not a good beer. Too soy. Not great.
LoFi (1678) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from backlog.
Black with a creamy brown head.
Great aroma full of toffee, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate.
Taste: toffee, sweet licorice, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate pralines, creamy, woody finish.
rarbring (1854) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Overall: Sweet, marzipan, chocolate, coffee, bourbon.
Note: Bottle 180 ml. Reviewed 2014-06-10.
Inbreak (2929) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
18.04.2014, 0,18l bottle @ Monk’s Cafe:
Small brown bubbly shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, dark malts, dark sugar, licorice, hay, coffee, caramel, oak, hints of unripe banana. Taste is slightly sweet, dark malts, oak, licorice, hay, grass, dark fruits, dark sugar, chocolate, caramel, paper. Little bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice enough.
TimE (4149) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black color. Very dark brown head that disappaites fairly quickly. The nose is huge with massive brownie and chocolate fudge notes jumping out. Charcoal hints with a touch of burning bourbon is behind it. A bit boozy in the nose. The mouth is heavenly. Thick, but not cloying, tons of dark chocolate dark fruit, with a touch of bourbon and vanilla. However the bourbon and vanilla really shine at the end, an almost reversal of the nose with chocolate playing a significant but not dominate part. It’s boozy pretty much from beginning to end, which is amazing given that I am drinking this in 2014 and one of the beers used, Mackmyra Jubileum is from 2009. Honestly the booziness is so pronounced it distracts a bit at the end. It’s hard to know when this beer would peak, but otherwise the flavors have melded pretty well together. Overall very enjoyable, but not a masterpiece.