Theydon_Bois (17239) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle split at the JK tasting, 04/10/16.
Black with a moderate tan cap.
Nose is prayed malts, spice, dark chocolate, toffee, dusty wood.
Taste comprises dark malts, dark fruit tang, tannins, spice, charr, meaty depths, peaty tang.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, drying close.
Better than I expected for a 3 to 4 year old clear glass affair. Mellow barreled number but a little stale and low end for style.
mR_fr0g (9533) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at the CBC Islington for the jk tasting. Many thanks to Colin for this one.. A viscous dark brown coloured pour with a a small tan head, viscous. Aroma is hot alcohol, paint, green apple, burnt sugars. Flavour is composed of meaty soy, oxo, veg, burnt sugars. Palate is sticky sweet, sugary, hoy alcohol, no very good. Lingering hot alcohol.
teorn88 (6741) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle shared at JK tasting, London. Many thanks to Cloin for this one. It pours a clean dark brown color with a minimal bubbly beige head. Aroma is tangy fruity sweet with notes of sea ropes, roasted malts and cocoa nibs. Taste is also roasty malty with notes of dark chicokate, raspberries, seaweed and ashes. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, very nice
danlo (2604) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours black in colour with no head. Nose of smokey peated whisky, some roast malt and yeasty notes. Taste is sweet, roasted malt, molasses, peaty, smoked, boozy, warming, bitter coffee, dried fruits, raisins, and with some leathery bitterness. Oily and smooth mouthfeel, full to medium bodied, low carbonation, dry earthy roasted bitter finish. Quite sippable.
Grumbo (1515) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2016
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle shared with D&C at the 1st Ipswich bottle share (West Country themed). Saved this one to be the evenings finisher. Expected big things. But it was pretty awful. Maybe, in a clear bottle, it had spoilt whilst being haphazardly stored in the small shop in Seaton, Devon, from where it was bought? Maybe we need to have another one sometime to see if that was the case, as was really hoping for a ’wow’ to end the night from a style we enjoy but just got an ’urgh’. It poured black, and lifeless. Most unpleasant aroma, rather putrid. Tasted a little better, rather sweet, light bitterness. Texture slick and oily. Peaty finish and over-powering alcohol.
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Teign Cellars, Newton Abbot, Devon sampled in (new) bed, 04/05. Uncaps without a hiss of carbonation, pours Ink still with a loose tan halo retreating to the outmost periphery of the glass. Aroma a clandestine teenage sniff of sherry or stickily unstoppered Bell’s from the back of Mum and Dad’s cocktail cabinet c1991 not touched since 1981. Flavour meatier and more serious with squishy black dried grape fruit merging into more dominant smoked goodies; jerky, Bovril, BBQ sauce and fat sweet bourbon suggestions; an almost Schlenkerla-like pitch of cocoa-dusted smoothness. Sweet, syrupy and discreetly fruity with the sweetness well tempered by smoke. Retronasal cherry liqueur chocolates. Finally umami, leather and a hint of mushroom-like dankness. Thick and complex with bags of character from the barrel and probably all the better for being a little date expired. An anaesthetising chin-stroker of deep meditative power, smoke and silk.
The_Osprey (6602) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml clear bottle, not dated, 13%. Pitch black, no head even with persuasion. Aroma has a little watery whisky, plastic, smoke, playdough. Body is medium, smooth, watery, no carbonation to speak of. Taste is watered down whisky up front, chocolate syrup, plastic. It would be pretty insipid if it wasn’t for the nice smokey, salty peated finish, which only shows up on the swallow. Really nice finish, but the overall impression doesn’t quite match up - a shame.
greenmanalishi (519) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This isn’t brilliantly finessed. It pours a lifeless, oily brew with almost no head. Subtler flavours of cocoa and peat are then overtaken by the vinous 13% smack.
DanielBrown (4381) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tuckers Maltings, Newton Abbot. Jet black, no head. Smells like it has a strong smell. Deffo get the whisky in the scent. An insistent stench. Taste is wonderfully and fully warming. Lustrously sweet and smooth, with a beautiful turned leather finish. Great.
BeerSkull (1374) - SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle). Amazingly powerful scent and taste of sweet malt, roasted malt, figs, tar, smoke and alcohol. In the taste there is flavors of peat, barrel aging and whiskey. Amazingly well balanced flavors. And dangerously easy to drink by reason of its ABV of 13% . As a final note, I can not help but give the beer a 4 rating on appearance (it’s blacker than night), normally I give every beer an average rating of 3 (because I find it difficult and strange to judge how good the appearance is). If you find this beer, dare not hesitate to try it!