vipinvelp (2362) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red amber with no foam at all. Aroma of caramel, some toffee, little smoke. Taste licorice, some caramel, some spice, herbs, complex beer. Warm glow in aftertaste, alcohol there. (Velp 201406)
Nocturne (888) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pours out dark reddish brown and has a large head when I was expecting nothing. Huge malty aroma, Christmas pudding, berries, chocolate, tobacco. Taste again is malty, chocolatey, fruity. Quite oily and syrupy on the tongue. Some burn crops up at the finish but it doesn’t feel as strong as 12%. Great aroma, and certainly more drinkable than I expected, but feels a bit unbalanced on the tongue.
imdownthepub (10653) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at Leicester Beer Festival ’14. Very dark brown with off white head. Peachy alcohol, plums, fiery and quite harsh initially but then smooths out. Lasting alcohol. Phew.
Finn (4402) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
NWAF 24 Jan 13. Smaksprøve påspandert av Charlotte & Jan. Thanks! Svart. 0 skum. Sherryaroma. Myk munnfølelse. Smaken er søte plommer & mandler. Alkoholen veldig godt kamuflert.
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (gravity) @ NWAF 2013, National Winter Ales Festival, The Venue, Sheridan Suite, Manchester, England.
ABV: 12%. Clear dark black brown color with a small, virtually none head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, coffee, dark berry - fruit, buzzy - alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, alcohol, dakr chocolate, dark roasted, heavy. Body is medium to medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. 
Rune (8497) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to fonefan og Charlotte for sharing a glass with Finn and me at NWAF ’13. Gravicask. Deep and oily content, rosewood coloured body. Rum, sherry and bread to the nose. Taste of burned sugar and dark berries, rather port-like. Long-lived, mid-sweet ending with warming alcohol. Full bodied. Perfect as the last beer before we left the festival on its second day (Manchester, 24.01.2013).
RichardW (1550) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
gravity at NWAF.Rich vineous port and sherry aroma. Soft subtle smooth on the tongue. An absolute treat for the senses and proof that high strength beers needn’t be those that hit you between the eyes straight away. Excellent.
BlackHaddock (4146) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Before BrewDog came along this was the strongest regular beer brewed in the UK (could still be, I don’t know what BrewDog actually brew on a regular basis): I had it at the brewery tap many years ago and never thought I’d see it again. However our paths crossed: it was available at a beer festival I attended on 17 Nov 2012, so I had a hand-pulled half pint as my night-cap before I left the fest.
Dark brown and thick looking, with a poor excuse for a head on top.
The aroma wasn’t as fruity (strawberries) as I remember from my first encounter with this powerful and exceedingly sweet brew. The nose on this half was all about sugar, roasted brown sugar (on toast) with red berries just about making an entrance behind the sugary wall.
The taste is all brown sugars with those berries, again with some toast presence: small sips are the order of the day with this brew and each sip seemed to have more alcohol in it than the last one. If you don’t like syrupy sweet beers this isn’t for you, but I liked it and was really glad I’ve had a chance to have another after all these years.
FatPhil (9618) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravicask (PBBF2012, Thurs)
7 Aroma is a lovely roast, yeasty, sweet, a little alcoholic, but not boozy.
4 Black and thick. Just like Anna.
8 Super treacly taste. Some banana retronasals. There’s little beyond that, maybe rye porridge, mammi.
4 Full and sticky palate, and I mean really full, but quite luscious. Lovely yeasty roasty finish.
15 Pure hedonism in a glass. This was an extreme beer before most brewers of extreme beers were even aware what a beer was. Such a memorable beer, this was an *exact* copy of he idetic taste memory I had from the last time I had the beer, which was probably a decade ago.
Anna doesn’t like it as much as me, but she’s a puff. She adds: malts build nicely, it has a good roast- but it’s too sweet and sticky. Our next beer (Fyne Sublime Stout) was more balanced.
dynamiteninja (1590) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask. Leicester Beer Festival 2011. Off white head, dark brown body. Fruits, alcohol, nail varnish. Very sweet. Bitter finish.