MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to KAggie97. Pours black as ink with no head. Nose is a very nice, not overpowering bourbon and oak. Taste is bourbon, chocolate. oak and tobacco. Very complex flavors. Mouthfeel is chewy with no chalkiness. Very, very nice. Wish I had another.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from reakt. Thanks, Angelo! Hope you meet up with you again, mate. Pours a thick, viscous and inviting motor oil black with a head of olive green. Aroma is a smoky chocolate with bourbon hints; nice balance of the sweet with the strong alcohol/bourbon bitterness. Flavor is a lush rainbow of chocoate bitters, bourbon, chocolate powder, and a touch of oak in the finish. Intermittent waves of sweet cigar smoke tease the taste buds. Chewy, thick mouthfeel. King Henry is a very good man who makes a very good beer. You rock, Angelo!
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to beerbill for sharing this. Deep black beer with no head. Lightly salty and sweet aroma with a light cherry aroma and a lot of black licorice. Very roasty and complex with notes of soy, rich leather and a nice earthy tobaccoish flavour. There is a treacly sweetness on the back. Very British tasting. Rich and intense with a lingering dark sweetness. Really earthy and vineous. Aniseed flavour behind the leathery flavour. A bit of pepper among all the deep malty complexity. Very tasty stuff.
beerbill (3254) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
275 ml bottle dated 2006 courtesy of a trade with cgarvieuk, thanks Craig! Pours a gorgeous black cherry color with a few glints of deep red when held against light. When swirled in the glass, this beer has very nice legs akin to a fine red wine. Very lovely aroma of that is filled with caramel, rich malt, vanilla, and some alcohol vapors. The flavor is lightly roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and very mild tobacco. There is some mellow warming from the alcohol after the swallow that in no way interferes with the enjoyment of this beer. Excellent!
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2011
2011-07-14, bottle, vintage 2007, 4 years old, 8-5-9-4-18=44
The color is totally black, with low carbonation, and a small brownish head of big bubbles and vortex. The aroma is bitonal, with vanilla driven oak and dark chocolate; leather too; light alcohol. The body is strong and the mouthfeel almost silky; the blend of chocolate, roasted malts and wood is sublime; there are side traces of liquorice, tar, leather, whisky; some residual sweetness, but moderate; good bitterness level, and very good alcohol management. The final is very chocolatey; light signs of oxidisation in the end.
2008-12-10, bottle shared by Mes, thanks!
Vintage 2005, 9-5-9-4-18=45
Black color; generous creamy head, reducing fast. Wonderful aroma, roasted malt, chocolate, light leather, but mostly a very good cheesy touch. Good body strength, perfect mouthfeel, massive caramel and chocolate flavor, with vanilla, light liquorice, leather, light fruity sourness; artfully blended together. Lovely!
motelpogo (6126) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 28, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
rbesg08 grand tasting, bottled. this awoke my taste buds from their mid-session slumber. pitch black with a thin cream head, chocolate cream aroma, plenty of cherry ripe flavour with some hints of pipe tobacco, school desk and sherry. exquisite
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 Bottle thanks to Gabriel. Poured a dark brown almost black with no head. Aroma is oak, dark fruits, and raison. Taste is oak, dark fruit, raison, with a hint of smoke and alcohol. Smooth with a nice warming finish. Unique and good. Thanks Gabe
GMCC2181 (1490) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2006)from craig. 11.2 oz bottle shared with wolf. Light black in color, no head not even a bubble? Nice aroma of vanilla, fruity raisons and oak. Taste is dark fruits, raisons, touch of vanilla. Fruitier then I expected. Not trace of alcohol in the taste. The carbonation was level was non exsisting. This beer had the characteristics of a red wine. Unique. Good beer, thanks craig!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at pauls tasting, 2006 vintage. Pours a black body with a thin off white lacing. Sweet chocolate with a fruity plum and fig body. Light rum character with some whiskey notes. Sweet milk chocolate and light minerals.
Kevin (2025) - Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pitch black. strong alcohol nose, whiskey nose with a strong chocolate fudge scent. great taste, chocolate , rummy sweetness . rich, strong, beautiful, the alcohol does not dry this out, but it is apparent. some peanut butter lingers. thats pretty good, not great, but pretty good.to quote Marcus.i like it more.
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