Garrold (749) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery, via Eebria. Just about black. Halo of tan head. Blackcurrant. Muscovado sugar. Black treacle. Vine fruits. Christmas pudding. Light smoke. Taste is chewy, smoky sweetness. Some dry bitterness follows. Palate is thick, tooth clinging oiliness. In lovely condition. Worthy of the hype.
danlo (912) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
275ml bottle. Brewed 09.11.2011. Pours a very dark brown-black with a brown head that slowly dissipates to a thin layer and aroma of malt, light roasted, molasses, honey, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is sweet roasted malt, peaty, chocolate, fig, brown sugar, dark fruits, toffee, coffee, leather, woody oak, light grassy. Silky smooth and slighty oily mouthfeel, full bodied, soft carbonation, warming finish. Complex, balanced, very drinkable.
Sledutah (4121) - Utah, USA - APR 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 bottle from PaulUnwin, thanks
Pours dark brown with a medium sized dark brown head and some lacing. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, sweet malts, woody and leather. Flavors are thick and silky chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, molasses and oak
Wow, this is great. I could sip on this all night. No alcohols at all, easy drinking but I’m trying to make it last.
Stuu666 (116) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Light chocolate roast, sweet fruit on nose, taste is rich chocolate, vanilla, huge dark fruits, berries, sweet, light toffee.
ryanfolty (1780) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 April 11, 2014 - bottle shared by BVery. Dark brown pour with some head. Aroma was dark fruit, some chocolate and wood. Taste was consistent with aroma.
BVery (5620) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle via trade with Andrew - thanks! Super dark brown pour that looks dense. Full palate. Chocolate and oak, extremely well rounded. Rich but not cloying. Dark fruit in here. Fantastic beer.
snoworsummer (1615) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle shared by BeerandBlues2. Pours very dark brown with a thin, tan head. Tastes like thick syrup, toasted bread, sweet chocolate, and slightly astringent booze. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like booze, chocolate, syrup, and light earth and ash.
sonnycheeba (3051) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2011) shared by beerandblues2. Pours dark, cola brown with thin, creamy beige head. Aroma is lightly roasted malts, chocolate, light oak, light port, some fig and raisins. Flavor is roasted and chocolate malts, light booze, light spice, dark fruit esters, and some earthiness; smooth roasted finish with faint notes of dark wine. Full body and medium carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (9104) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle via trade with cgarvieuk. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee malt, earthy and spicy hops, dates and figs, light vanilla, and light paper oxidation. Flavor is dark malt dominant, dark fruits, light hops and bitterness with alcohol spiciness and light oxidation and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (2011 version) @home. Pours black and thick with a dark brown thin-ish head, superb lacing. Nose is chocolate, red wine, oak, vanilla, sherry/port, dark fruits, cherry, plum and licorice and i would imagine many more that i just did not get. The taste is more of the same, the alcohol is big but its warming not burning. It has a sweet but not overly so finish, hugely complex but with a balance that is wonderful. In fact this could have just been a one word comment, Wonderful.