Theydon_Bois (12595) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Chriso Easter tasting thanks to Leighton #1075/1400, 04/04/15.
Black topped with a decent tan swirl.
Nose is chocolate, toffee, shades of emulsion paint, light bourbon trace.
Taste comprises rich chocolate, big bourbon hit, molasses, toffee fudge.
Medium + body, soft carbonation, oily feel, drying close peppered with bourbon strokes.
Decent enough BBA impy.
madmitch76 (17899) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4th April 2015
ChrisOs Easter Tasting. Opaque black - brown beer, good tan head. Palate is light and semi dry, mild fine carbonation. Good dark chocolate malts and dark fruits and fruity bourbon. Mild lactose and toasted coconut. Semi dry finish. Nice.
Scopey (8824) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ChrisO, big thanks to Leighton. It pours opaque deep brown with a tiny tan head. The nose is sweet, juicy, rich roast, vanilla, toasted stuff, chocolate, booze and fudge. The taste is rich roast, earth, toasted coconut, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak and warming alcohol with a slick finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Drinks smooth. A solid bourbon impy for sure, just a step back from the big boys though.
The_Osprey (3047) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at ChrisO’s. Black, very small head. Aroma is black forest gateau, boozey, liquorice and molasses. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is big and sweet, treacle, coconut, rounded malts, dry woody finish. Quite nice. A bit on the sweet side, but not overly so.
Leighton (13853) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at chriso’s Easter 2015 tasting - London. Vintage 2013. Picked up in a trade in the USA. Pours oily black-brown with a foamy, brown head. Good snout, some vanilla, baking cocoa, roast. Medium to big sweet flavor with oily chocolate, light earthy bitterness, raisins, vanilla. Full bodied with fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Warming finish with lots of dark chocolate, baking cocoa, roasted malts, liquid vanilla, caramel. Very drinkable, smooth. I was quite impressed by this one - much better than expected. Wonderful.
mR_fr0g (5253) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2015 Bottle at Chriso easter tasting. Thanks to Leighton. Opaque black with a lasting dark tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel big vanilla, oak, Bourbon, Flavour is composed of full woody, spicy apple, oak and vanilla, creme caramel, bonbon and smooth. Palate is smooth and velvety, silky, moderate carbonation. Really good.
rlgk (13192) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a tasting at Chris and Ruth 150404. Black beer with a nice beige head. Malty caramel aroma, creamy, licorice, dark chocolate, cocoa, raisins, some figs. Roasted toffee and chocolate flavor, licorice, caramel, raisins, cocoa, warming alcohol, cream, some milk chocolate. Very nice!
cgarvieuk (17022) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at chrisO... Deep black.. Small tan head.. Soft sweet chocolate roast... Massive coconut roast... Soft sweet chocolate roast.. Light coconut malts... Dark roast... Massive chocolate roast
SHIG (3923) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Anchorage Feb ’15 Tasting: Poured thick black with tan color head. Aroma was roasted malts, coffee, and vanilla. Nice alcohol bourbon burn, loads of rich roasted malts, a very nice BA stout for sipping.
Prufrockstar (1468) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to Matt and my fantasy football team (so Le’Veon Bell and Marshawn Lynch deserve a shout-out as well). Bottle 530/1400. Thick oily black pour, big dense creamy brown head. Aroma: first struck by garbage-y old hops (never liked that aroma -- it may be fine, but makes me think of garbage, and I don’t like drinking garbage. Damn I’m getting cranky and rigidly opinionated -- I thought this hobby was supposed to open my mind, not just give me ammo to be a whiny little bitch about stuff I like/dislike based on what’s really just a completely subjective valuing of tastes and smells -- anyway, I digress). Oh WTF, why fight it -- yeah, there’s chocolate, rotten dark fruit, vanilla, some other barrel stuff, but really all I think when I smell this is "old and stinky." Full body, nice smooth texture; sweet taste, much better than nose. Overall: <shrug> if this was my local joint I would tick it and then not return to it, unless for some unknown reason it becomes heavily traded, in which case I’d buy it to trade for other beers that are out of market but equally disappointing. Man, I shouldn’t rate when I’m grumpy.