migwell (135) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at The Foundry, where they serve brews with a pint of water on the side. Three pints of water later, I had finished a 10 oz. pour. A little over the top for me. Hits you in the mouth with plenty of coffee and chocolate flavors, dark fruits and a bit of astringency as well. Certainly something to sip slowly, but not to my taste, which runs to the more sophisticated and subtle Sam Smith’s Imperial.
Leighton (14768) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF tasting 2015 - London. Sourced from the US. Pours rich black with a creamy, tan head. Big dry cocoa aroma, with lots of roasted malts and burnt marshmallows. Medium sweet flavor with some burnt toffee, more chocolate, moderate earthy bitterness, some boosty alcohol. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Warming finish, dominated by bittersweet chocolate. Very nice.
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dec, 2014 Bottle Date; Sampled January 2015
Wow, this thing pours with a massive viscosity that makes it look thick. A vigorous pour has to be held in check as I easily get a fat-three fingers of rich brown / tan foam sitting on top of the beer. The beer is quite opaque, and is a concentrated, dark chocolate, brown color that is mostly black. The aroma smells richly sweet, with smooth roasted cocoa, and smooth, coffee liquor notes. There is an underlying, whole grain, brown toasted bread character here that adds a bit to the complexity. A burnt fruitiness melds with just a hint of higher alcohols and esters that accentuate the same. As my nose gets used to the sweetness a savory, rich smokiness starts to be noticed from the ample roast character.
Thick, viscous, and almost syrupy, this is a strong beer with a huge residual malt character; I haven’t had a beer this caloric and rich in some time. It can be a bit sweet at times, but it does have the huge body to back that up, and when had in small doses it works quite well. Rich layers of roasted malt, concentrated dark chocolate, sweet coffee syrup, charred raisins, and burnt prunes are all noticeable. A burnt, savory smokiness adds a hint of balance to this sweet dense beer; there is also a bitter burnt grain character here and some light (compared to the rich malt at least), lingering hop bitterness towards the finish.
This is a beer best drunk in small amounts; as such, I wish this came in a smaller bottle format than I got (22oz), or make sure that you open this amongst at least a couple people. This is pretty tasty, and certainly something that is satisfying my craving for a rich Stout. I really like how smooth and hidden the alcohol is here, it almost has me wondering if this is really as strong as the label is purporting; so far the alcohol has had far less effect than I would have normally expected.
The_Osprey (3841) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at GBBF. Black, decent foamy brown head. Aroma is coffee, sweet liquorice, biscuity malts. Body is medium, slightly foamy, soft carbonation. Taste is chocolate, soft ashiness, tangy alcohol, raisin, soft bitterness.
Desverger (4608) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Chris and Ruth’s Pre-GBBF 2015, London - black pour with tan/beige head. Dark roasted malty aroma and taste with, some coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, some nice dark fruits, roasted finish.
Aniela (4195) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF tasting 2015. Black beer with an beige head. Roasted, caramell fruity licorice chocolate aroma. Roasted chocolate caramell licorice a bit spicy flavour.
planky84 (2526) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chris & Ruth’s pre-GBBF shindig, 2015. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Chocolate raisin and toffee aroma. Treacle toffee and caramel flavour. Tasty.
Scopey (9777) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ChrisO’s Pre-GBBF tasting 2015. It pours jet black with a thick tan head. The nose is soft. rich roast, cocoa, toasted grain, earthy roast, filter coffee and toasted brown bread. The taste is rich roast, earthy, toasty, cocoa, burnt malts, umami, salted liquorice, charred wood and light spice with a dry finish. Medium - full body and fine, prickly carbonation. Rather nice stuff.
KyotoLefty (7989) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with lace. Roasty nose, creamy, umami and soy, wood, chocolate. Sweet flavors of cocoa, wood, roast, soy.
madmitch76 (18996) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
8th August 2015
Pre GBBF tasting at Chris and Ruth’s. Almost opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is smooth with decent fine carbonation. Fair bit of spice. Mild dark chocolate. Good tangy dark fruits. Light semi dry finish. Pretty drinkable.