Quack-Duck (9164) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from Dartís Farm. Deep black colour, some beige froth. Compley nose of chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, cider and brandy. Very full-bodied, huge flavours going on: caramel, chocolate, brandy, cider, oak, and more caramel. Incredibly smooth on the palate with a lingering complex finish. A beer to savour slowly on a cold autumn evening. Sensational - should have bought more.
planky84 (2876) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beermerchants.com. Pours black with a beige long lasting head. Very nice nose. Aromas of apples, chocolate, wood, spices, very vinous. Flavours of dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, baked apples, coffee, malts. Smoky, sweet mouthfeel. Finishes malty, fruity, slightly bitter with a gentle alcohol burn. Good stuff.
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle bought in beer store in Cheddar. Thick, pitch black with small tight tan head. Crazy aroma. Chocolate-layered wood barrels. Bourbon-drenched black forest cake. Dark chocolate flour. Very soft creamy palate. Deceptively drinkable. At no point does it seem hot or heavy. Rich, compacted chocolate and bittersweet cocoa. Some orange zest. Finishes chocolatey with some wood astringency. Absolutely delightful.
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, 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 itís 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....
Christian (12953) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a small tan head. Big aroma of chocolate, coffe and wood, with a touch of apple peel and cider. Sweet chocolate and caramel malty flavour with fruit and oak adding complexity. Slightly bitter finish. Wow.
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of fiulijn. Bottled 660ml. Nutty, chocolatey, sweet and complex. Delicious.
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, bought @ Beermerchants.com.
Pours opaque black with a small, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has chocolate, kinda fresh-feeling, brandy, oak, green apples. Medium carbonation, lovely dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is light oaky, roasted, chocolate, a bit sharp apple, coffee, clear oak, a bit of sugary caramel, light liqourice. No sign of age. Vinious. Super delicious and elegant.
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Kenny/Leighton. It pours darkest brown with a small tan head. The nose is rich, toasty, vinous, plum, prune, vinous, jammy, blackcurrant, mild oxidation and earth. The taste is smooth, toasty, bitter-sweet, charred wood, roasted malt, earth, merlot grape, vinous, prune, jammy fruits and earth with a dry, woody finish. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. So smooth.
Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Easy drinking, moderate body, slightly apple-y, vinous/sherry flor notes. Black/ruby hues, amber/tan head, with soft carbonation. Slight woodsiness from the oak barrels. very balanced. Not thick monster barrely beer, and great to see use of local casks.
yespr (40837) - 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.