EdKing (2115) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Kris Wines. Very nice pour, opaque black, with a medium to large foam head, which dissipates to thin. When I stick my nose in this I know it’s going to be different in a good way. Zingy citrous, grapefruit peel, lime peel, desert cream, then roasted malt, Marmite (yeast extract), molasses. Taste is a creamy, roasted malt stout, with fruit citrous zest, chocolate, very milky, bitter roasted malt and black coffee. Milky, fruity, zesty, chocolate. Weird combination but it kind of works nicely.
mR_fr0g (5227) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at Bruce’s birthday drinks craft beer co. Many thanks to Leighton. Dark black / reddy brown coloured pour with a lasting mid tan head. Aroma is smooth Roasty, sharp lemon hop, dark choc, little pine. Is this a black IPA. Palate is full and smooth, moderate carbonation. Flavour is nice clean sharp lemon hop, little pine, dark choc, roasted barley. Tangy bitterness, long lingering dark choc. Velvety on the tongue.
Scopey (8789) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours jet black with a thick tan head. The nose is rich, sweet, roasty, coffee cake, juicy, chocolate, earth and light orangey sweetness. The taste is smooth, rich roast, charred wood, earth, chocolate covered coffee beans, mild acidity, spice, sherbet and orange peel with a dry finish. Medium+ body and moderate carbonation. Well rounded and very drinkable. Nice.
Leighton (13789) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared during Bruce’s birthday in London - picked up at auto beer...maybe. Probably vintage 2013. Pours deep black-brown with a dense brown head; looks like a helluva beer. The nose has a lot of heavy roast, burnt pine, cocoa. Medium sweet flavor, nice ashy roast and scorched pine, bitter dark chocolate, slight minerality. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt pine and grass, some boozy warmth, drying minerals, scorched earth. Very solid. Very robust.
gunnfryd (12273) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a tan head. Aroma is citrus, coffee, licorice. Flavour is coffee, citrus, hop, malt, berries, licorice, sugar. Full body. Nice beer. KRS 080814.
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[6923-20141127] Bottle. Dirty grainy earth malt aroma. Black cola body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Bitter earthy grains and hoppy forest bed flavour. Full body. Really weird at first but I dig it. (8/4/9/4/16) 4.1
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 2014-11-27.Black body with a very large creamy brown head and light lace. Aroma of musky green leafy hops, lightly dusty cocoa tinged dark malt. 7+ Flavour is similar, fairly bitter throughout, whispers of citrus try to make themselves known over a core that is dry then sweet cocoa weaved with green lightly musky hops, light roast. Smooth medium bodied palate is softly carbonated. The mix of flavours is not entirely to my own taste but it is quite good regardless. I have had this for several months, I am curious if the citrus is more bold in a younger version. Bottle from Valhalla’s Goat, Glasgow.
MiP (14433) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 7.4%. Grassy hop aroma, jam and dark roasted malts. Black colour. Small stable creamy brown head. The flavour is smokey and hoppy with a good jam note. Sweet and isotonic. Mild hop bite in the finish. Good.
Bamsen78 (4246) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ales By Mail. Pours cloudy nearly black with airy dark tan head. Clear aroma of roast, with notes of malt and touches of hops. Bitter, roasty flavour, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and liquorice. Tart bitter aftertaste. Rough, bitter and roasty aftertaste. Really good.
Brandman (2338) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body, brown head. Aroma has sweet liqourice, roasted malt, sweet coffee, tobacco. Flavour has roasted coffee, molasses, salty liqourice and some ash. Sweet aftertaste. Bit smokey tar type notes. Somehoppiness coming through, medicinal ones.