fiulijn (15210) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
<i>Gravity dispense at Pig’s Ear Festival 2008, London</i>
Mahogany color. Wonderful aroma of caramel, hop cones (Fuggles?), malt, light fruitness, the rind of old hard cheese. Good caramel flavor, with enough sugars, a hint of chocolate, good hopping with an American edge. Quite strong and long final, with more chocolate. Excellent, probably my favorite at the festival.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate. Gravicask at Pigs Ear. Mahogany brown with a slim off white film and decent condition. An excellent balance of sweet earthy malt and chewy resinous hoppage on the nose. Slight smoke and tobacco along with just the right level of cheesey funk. The flavour is very very good indeed. All the roasty toasty notes you would expect with some slight chocolate and excellent malty character all round. But then the finish... Oh my god. Full on preserve raspberry jam roly poly with custard. Amazing tart tangy notes with a developing bitterness that lingers superbly. Truly excellent stuff. Loads of character and just that little bit different. Superb mouthfeel. Excellent beer. It really has got the lot.
harrisoni (14104) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask gravity at Pigs Ear 2008. Second place in South East barley wine category. Very dark ruby colour. Quite hoppy aroma. Really good. Hop and lovely choc. Doesnt drink its strength. Choc limes. Excellent juicy raisin. Surprisingly fantastic.
johndoughty (4071) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark and pored with a medium head. slightly sweet but not overpoweringly so.As you would expect it has a full body yet is so easy to drink. The balance between strength and flavour is just right. Worth looking for.