mjs (4974) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.66 l, at Pikkulintu) Poured almost black with medium sized and light brown head. Aroma contained roastedness, apples and ash. Palate was full bodied with low carbonation. Flavours were roastedness, apples, chocolate, hops, mild sourness, fruitiness and bitterness. Aftertaste was bit ashy and mildly bitter.
TBone (13359) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, small brown head. Interesting aroma of toasted malts and apple. Palate is suprisingy light. Some stout-like flavors, but more cidery, apple, pear. Quite strong warming alcohol in the aftertaste. Nice although this beer is quite boozy.
DruncanVeasey (7379) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2010 660ml bottle from Darts Farm, ceremonially cracked open back at The Penguin with Octo, Helen and Keith. As good as pitch with a slim tan swirl. Some Hubba Bubba on the nostril over creamy oak, orange rind, burnt toast, Allsorts, lovely deep cocoa-dusted peardrop; Black Jacks once you get down to the warm dregs. Dusty, plummy and well-roasted with the comforting twang of apple bubblegum right through it. Zero alcohol heat, waft of peardrop esters, well-watered solvent and charcoal to finish; burnt pistachio for dessert. Sumptuous and fully-formed like it’s been brewed like this for a hundred years. Right up there with Old Chimneys and Beowulf in my top 5 of strong English beers; the class, creamy oak and underplayed fruitiness imparted by the cider brandy barrel make total sense, harmonising perfectly with the plummy, appley fruit often found swimming around in an English stout or porter. Complex, sexy, expensive English effortlessly (but unexpectedly) eclipsing Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005 to earn the honour of being my 3K rate. Precisely the kind of beer that drives you to drink 3,000 of the bloody things in the hope that maybe, just maybe, 1 of the next 10, 100 or 1000 will be just as good, or even better....
harrisoni (14465) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Phil_l for this at Pre ZBF 2010. Very dark brown, lasting tan head. Pretty good malts on this. Not a lot of the promised cider brandy, a little maybe. Good malts though.
cgarvieuk (15934) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pre-ZBF ... thanks to phil L ... deep black ,,, thin tan lacing ... odd fruity wood ... roast malt nose ... soft fruits ... nice soft roast ... easy drinkin.
Fin (8006) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2010 Had this at Pre ZBF March 5th 2010, big thanks to Phil L for bringing this along. Pours dark brown with a light beige head. The aroma is a touch musty but there is very definately some apple and a little coffee, also bit woody and vanilla, its soft in the mouth, and the barrel ageing shows with some spirity flavour’s starting to make their presence felt. Bloody nice stuff. A7 A4 F7 P3 Ov14 3.5 Had this again
Bottle from Beer Merchants and consumed 24.12.10 Pours black with a few stray bubbles I served it a little cold at first but it warmed up and was significantly better. Chocolate, liquorice, vanilla combine with a wonderful appley fruitiness. Slightly oily sheen and body also oily. Wonderful roasty bitterness sits across the roof of the mouth. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6
madsberg (10593) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark brown coloured. Fluffy brown head. Sweetness, roast, light chocolate and alcohol in the aroma. Flavour or roast, sweetness, brown sugar and light fruits. Medium bodied. Dry. Roasty bitterness in the end. Thx Phil for sharing.
Theis (14015) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (2009) at Pre-ZBF 2010 (Thanks). Black - light brown head. Burned, roasted, sweetness, fruity, apples, licorice, nice hoppy, light wooden, grassy, caramel, dried, fruits. Smooth body.
joergen (22268) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at PreZBF 2010, thanks.
Black coloured with a small beige head.
Fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits.
Fruity flavour of caramel and droed fruits with roasted notes and notes of alcohol.
yespr (33598) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
66 cL bottle, courtesy of Phil. Pours pitch black with a small slight off-white head. Aroma is dark roasted malty. Solid roasted malty flavoured mixed with a light wooden and fruity note. Smooth and elegant composition. Mild citric touch into a smooth roasted finish.