BlackHaddock (4964) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My nightcap on 12th June 2015 after three other ’bird’ named beers. 330ml bottle: BBE Feb 2016, obtained from the brewery on a visit earlier this year. Poured slowly into a stemmed tulip (twice, got the size wrong) at home. Red hue to the dark brown body, the head a wispy off-white affair on both pours. The nose was like a fruit salad soaked in malty molasses a day too long for the cake mix, the taste similar in nature. Malty sweetness with a fruity backdrop which blend into a really interesting and deep flavoured beer, red berries push other fruit notes to the side, red wine/sherry like flavours come through as the beer warms a little: complex and very, very good.
AdiBeer (2151) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: intense caramel, bread malts, molasses, sugar syrup. Appearance: dark, slightly hazy amber, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: sweets expand, strong caramel, sugary, turning mildly bitter and dry. Overall: nice Barley Wine, not too strong in terms of ABV, yet nicely complex. Bottle from the brewery via Eebria, Diss.
planky84 (2518) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Eebria. Brown pour with a beige head. Aromas of bonfire toffee, caramel and toffee apple. Flavours of caramel, orchard fruit and toffee. Sweet roast linger. Nice.
Leighton (14303) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Craig’s. Mild gusher. Pours clear garnet with a creamy tan head. The nose holds lightly tangy, ripe fruits, musty leaves. Medium sweet flavor with hints of caramel, dried berries, grainy bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate sweetness to finish with some earthy bitterness, leathery fruits, berries. Decent.
mabel (7447) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[6481-20140708] Bottle. Sweet fruity toasted chocolate malt aroma. Clear, dark red body with a quick foamy off-white head. Light fruity toasted cardboard flavour. Medium body. Average. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2
(Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, w/ him, BenH, jercraigs, Stuu666, others)
Overheard: "I wasn’t so skinny so I didn’t have a such a resinous voice."
CraftBeerNick (1268) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, 6th December 14. Aroma, caramel, sweet malts. Taste is clean, not too sweet, caramel, some banana, good malt. Not bad for sipping by the fire
chimpgibbon (424) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark tan nice cream head. Big toffee but mellow. A woodiness. Nearly esters then they arrived. Caramello. Fig. Remarkable for the ABV.
anders37 (19478) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to Bruce! Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel spicy aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with weak hints of dark fruit. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.
jercraigs (8644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014-07-08. Crisp dark red amber body with a small beige head. 3+ Aroma is modest, malt, caramel touches, Flavour is pleasantly malty, lightly fruity throughout. Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Bottle cellared several months, Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, Edinburgh
Nisse666 (5138) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (lot 518 BBE 09/2013) many thx to the king of Scotland cgarvieuk cons 2014-07-07 Uddingston, Scotland
AR: dark chocolate, madeira, rasins, pruns
AP: deep ruby/mahogany, stouthy/frothy crème brown steady head
F: soft wee carbonation, vinos, oaked madeira, rasins and pruns ie brittish fruitcake, dry, red grapes, wee chocolate - nice beer after a few French ;)