Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2011 RBESG Sheffield 2009 Grand Tasting at the Harlequin. Vintage 2006. I was more than happy to bring 2 bottles to the Grand tasting since i had a few spare. Pitch black with no head at all. Wonderful aroma dominated by coffee, caramel, raisins, prunes and alcohol notes. Full bodied with roasted malt flavors, ripe fruit, some port. Very complex and tasty. I could drink this every day !
planky84 (2748) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Right, the correct ambience and surroundings are nicely in place. The wife and littleun are away for the night. The lights are dimmed in my back bar, mellow tunes are permeating the room. The scene is set, the best beer in Britain deserves the utmost respect.Ok, let’s get this bastard open!
Blacker than night pour with no head. My word, the nose from this one can be sniffed from the other side of the room! What an aroma! Dark chocolate, coffee, wood, very peaty, caramel, roasted malts, rose petals, banana, toffee. Quite an oily texture. Rich, warming flavours of burnt caramel, full on dark chocolate, coffee notes, toffee, caramel, quite vinous. The barrel aging shines through in this one like a thousand supernovas. Peaty, dry mouthfeel. Very pleasing, warming effect. Exceedingly complex brew. Decided to drink this ’young’ and am extremely impressed with the results. Huge alcohol burn in the finish, warms the throat and reaches right down into the recesses of the body gently massaging every conceivable orafice. Wonderful beer! Deserves it’s praise.
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Cgarvieuk, thanks Craig! It’s a vintage 2005. The color is pitch black and it has a small, dark brown and creamy head. The aroma has notes of oak, roasted malt, licorice, dark fruits, berries and vanilla. The mouthfeel is nice and oily. The flavour has a light sweetness and notes of roasted malt, oak, vanilla, licorice, light soy sauce, dark fruits, berries and the finish is dry with a lot of licorice. It’s a very harmonic and nice beer!
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
275 ml bottle, 2006. My 1500th rating! Dark brown with a tan splotch. Nose is fudge brownie, oak and plum. Soft and creamy medium body with a whisper of carb. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, a touch of molasses, mocha and sherry. Zesty citrus juice, lightly sweet sour, adds some balance. Alcohol barely noticeable; more apparent in the aroma. Lingering oak, coconut and peel. A great stout that doesn’t overwhelm. Quite impressive.
asheft (2925) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bottle @ RBESG 2009, Grand Tasting]
Sweet black molasses aroma with some burnt almond and vanilla. Oily black with no top. Slightly salty, smooth, velvety molasses flavour with sweet pumpernickel and not a lick of ethanol. Thick body and sweet but not cloying; low carbonation.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle. Pours a dark, rich black-brown colour from which no light may escape. Nearly flat on the pour with a hint of brown head. Crazy strong aroma of bourbon and oak with rock sugar and vanilla. This may be the finest stout aroma I have ever experienced. The flavour is well balanced with lighter vanilla bourbon, green grapes, milk chocolate, and some nice roasted malt and earthy hops to finish. As much as I do enjoy the flavour, it is just a touch thin for the style. However, I am amazed at how well the alcohol is concealed and the balance between sweet and sour flavours. A very fine brew that is a real pleasure to drink.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 2007. Black pour with little head. Dense, multi-layered aroma of smoke, dark chocolate liqueur, whiskey, vanilla, espresso and charcoal. Flavor is very lightly sweet, surprisingly dry, really, and not quite as multi-dimensional. Hints of scotch, charcoal, dried licorice root. Elegant.
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the darkest beers I’ve ever seen with no head, thick and rich looking. Big Rich vine smell some roast malt and alchohol too. Red fruit and some whisky. Very rich and fruity on the tongue, chocolately, strong coffee bitterness mixed with sweet red fruit and red wine. Some vanilla and alcohol warming. Excellent!
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 2006. Brewed 14.11.06. Best before 14.11.11. Very dark brown. Leathery date and fig aroma. Sweet, vinous Christmas cake taste, oily, syrupy and intensely approachable. Leaves a warming glow in the stomach after the first sip and a general feeling of ease and well-being after the second. This is seriously good, and so it should be for about four quid.
MrGGen (331) - ITALY - NOV 22, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colore nero,abbondante schiuma cremosa, che cala velocemente. Meraviglioso profumo, malto tostato, cioccolato, cuoio e forse formaggio. Buona consistenza del corpo, volume in bocca perfetta, caramello e sapore di cioccolato, vaniglia, liquirizia, cuoio, qualche acidità.Decisamente ottima.