bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle from Nightfall. Thanks! Almost black and opague. Malt, salt and licorice in the aroma. Malty sweet flavor with some roast, licorice, hints of laurel and oak and raisin. Powerful, yet a silky smotth mouthfeel. Very good!
StefanSD (2193) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle at Toncatcher’s house, shared with Padrefan, Fordest and a few others. Provided by Dennis. Pours a dark brown color with almost no head. The aroma is strong with spiced malts, anise and dates. The flavor is lively with lots of sweet fruits, licorice, and wood. The finish is long and sweet. The mouthfeel is full and smooth. Overall: A very tasty ale. But not sure if this one might have been mishandled at some point on its long trip to our table. Its taste might have been just a bit off.
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 RB third birthday toast/bottle conjured from a cardboard box at the brewery, brewed 14/11/06. Those in the know have got to ask. Black as silk with an audacious Caramac-coloured head, and drips of tan lace that have no right to be there. Huge single malt ice cream aroma smothering with oak, top drawer Metaxa, fudge. Fat bulbous shot of oak humming narcotically with Neopolitan ice cream, aniseed, charcoal, oak chip milkshake, peat, and face-warming pleasure. DO YOU LIKE WHISKEY? Forget those new-fangled hops as a preservative, aromatic or bittering ingredient. Less alcohol than a 3% mild shandy. I’m not making this up. It really does piss all over some of the bludgeoning sugar, alcohol and hop-dominated ‘big’ beers out there, and it’s great to see everyone’s getting it. If you make it out to the brewery the guy who brews this is a diamond (who wants to stay coal), defiantly anti-commercial, apparently oblivious to the fuss surrounding his uncommonly delicious, world-beating beers, and wrings miracles out of a space no bigger or more elaborately equipped than a typical household kitchen or garage. One of the best around, certainly in England, though not as balanced or complex as the bog standard King Henry. Hugely sweet, and the oak is a bit OTT for me (just chips by the way). Still, an outrageous hallucinatory MF of a beer from first sip to last, and a match for any English beer or Earth spirit I’ve yet tasted. I want to buy as many bottles of this as I can and give them all away to the people I like. Especially the ones who think they don’t like beer. Good one.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle thanks to Daknole. Viscous black with barely a head. Ink and prune aromas. Smooth body, inky palate. Fruity acids. Flavors include ash and licorice, lead and salt. Super smooth excellent compelling beer.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
DLD 2009, with thanks to cgarvieuk for a taste of the 2006 vintage: It pours out a thick dark brown, turning black in the glass and capped with a slim brown head. The aroma was almost barleywine in tone - sweet and fruity, rich with dark malt, spicey with aniseed, woody. Very smooth and warm on the tongue. The flavor had considerable alcohol to it, but blended nicely with the dark malt sweetness. It finished on a hot & sticky note, as does many a pleasurable experience.
shigadeyo (3079) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4/25/2009: Good King Henry Special Reserve pours out thick and black with a brown-colored head. The flavor is sweet, sticky, and malty with a smooth and mellow cask-like texture. Dark aged fruits and rich chocolate meld together seemlessly with just a touch of vanilla and a splash of whisky. This is a great beer.
Sample from bottle shared by cgarvieuk at Dark Lord Day 2009. Thank you so much for sharing Craig! Rating #120 for this beer.
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark black. Flat. Liquorice, some alcohol. Light spice accents. Fruity (orange, pear). Rich inky malts - the finest tamari. Has a fresh juiciness. Very few impys have that. Unique character, lots of silk dark malts and that vibrant finish is brilliant.
daknole (9466) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2006 Bottle from Craig. Thanks! Black pour wtih barely any head at all. Aroma is great. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, raisins, prunes, and toffee on the nose. Wow, then the flavor...amazing. Vanilla, bourbon, raisins, prunes, dates, brown sugar, oak, and a hint of Columbian coffee. Wow what a beer!!!!
railcat1 (689) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle,this poured a black with a dark brown head and was very sweet and had a chocolate finish to it but was a little thin in the end.CHEERS!
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle big thanks to pantanap for sharing this one! Pours a dark black brown with almost no head. Light chocolate, roast and alcohol in the nose. Sticky palate. Slightly sweet and fruity earthy flavors with the roasted malts. Sweet fruit finish. Solid beer.