neepsntatties (1377) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of "hannont". Colour... very dark brown with some light shining ’round the edges (when held to the light) and no head. Nose... dark raisins, brown sugar and garden bonfire. palate... smoky, phenolic, tangy, coating, rustic, wet earth, tobacco, Christmas pudding, dark chocolate and a lengthy finish.
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the Bottle at RBESG Harlequin, Sheffield 19/07/2009
Beige head. Black strong in alcohol and rich on the palate with a crisp and slightly bitter whisky and coffee roast finish.
swoopjones (6909) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Craig aka cgarvieuk for this gift. Enjoyed in an alley by The Halfway House, Edinburgh. 2006 bottle. Deep dark black pour, khaki head. Boozy, roasty, hints of soy, chocolate, dark fruit. Like a boozy Rolo. Very good
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
’06 Bottle, courtesy of Gunhaver. Poured pitch black with a thin brown head. Malty nose with notes of chocolate, plum, rasin, vanilla, and oak. Nice full, creamy body with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt, nice notes of dark fruit and oak. Vanilla and a slight touch of anise were also present. Very balanced and very easy to drink. Great brew, thanks Geiger!
MeadMe (1467) - Riverview, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to gunhaver for providing the bottle.
A: Pours a rich shade of dark brown or light black depending on how you look at it. The head is on the smaller side, with just a touch of lace.
S: Oak and bourbon bounce out from the start, not overpowering though. Vanilla, roasted malt and molasses are there as well in equal amounts.
T: Nice dark fruit flavors up front. Roast, molasses sweetness carry you through the middle. The oak and vanilla along with some chocolate come in the finish.
M: On the fuller side of medium, nice subtle carbonation.
D: Really good, probably the beer English beer I have ever had.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle, courtesy StFun. Brownish pour, not as carbonated as I expected. Nose is big on bourbon, cherry, vanilla, some oak. Flavor is amazing, lots of caramel, cherries, oak, vanilla, sticky notes, lots of wood. Medium-bodied, not very carbonated but delicious and very drinkable. Loved it.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
06 bottle courtesy of gunhaver. Pours a murky brown. Nose is big cherry, whiskey, wood, prune, cinnamon and Pez. Huge fruit flavor, giant prune, fig, old cherries, ripe fruits, fruit loops. INcredible!
Dedollewaitor (14648) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
27,5cl Bottle. Trade with Fonefan. Pours pitch black with a small bubbly head that quickly disappears. Nose is so yummi that I hardly can descibe it. Complex and deep. Dark roasted coffee, bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla. Smooth and soft palate. A bit of soy. Low carbonation. Slick and oily. The alcohol is very well hidden and integrated. A big beer!
Ibrew2or3 (7478) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Gunhaver for sharing this 2006 vintage. Wow, the British take a moment or two away from churning out bitter to produce a mindnumbing brix brashing beer. Cheers! Pours deep darkness with no head. The aroma has rich chocolate and fudge brownie mixing with oak and a modest sense of booze. Smells like “yum” to me. The taste is rich chocolate and creamy moist fudge brownie moving into notes of caramel and sweet malts which culminates in a bit of booze. The booze helps dry it out some into the finish. Awesome brew.
Borresteijn (5418) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBESG Sheffield 2009 Grand Tasting at the Harlequin. Vintage 2006. Black colour, no head. Aroma of port wine, molasses, very sweet. Flavour is port wine, roasted malts, molasses, raisins, chocolate. Syrupy mouthfeel. No carbonation, fullbodied. Too sweet, but good nevertheless.