DruncanVeasey (7999) - 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 Bellís from the back of Mum and Dadís 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 (5550) - 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 wasnít for the nice smokey, salty peated finish, which only shows up on the swallow. Really nice finish, but the overall impression doesnít 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 isnít 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 (4343) - 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 (itís 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!
kufdam (159) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from a bottle shop in Dartmouth. Oily black edged with wine red. Licorice, treacle some salt. Dark chocolate. Burnt caramel. Port.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big, bold vineous nose on this one - tons of treacle, molasses and burnt caramels with a little hint of spiced orange. Pours a near-lifeless and seething off-black with the suggestion of a tan head. But no, this is false trail as there is no carbonation in this at all. What there is is fierce depth of 200yo red wine, 100% cocoa chocolate and badly burnt sugar, I say badly, as itís not brilliantly realised. Sharp in places, and overly sickly in others, there are better imperial darks out there. But points for effort.
worldbeertaste (1793) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 Light does not penetrate the black hole of darkness. It absorbs light. No head. Smells of dark malt, alcohol - whiskey, Marmite, tar, roast, espresso. Dark chocolate. Thin oily very smooth body. Sweet dark chocolate, with a nice bitter coco middle and an ashy, slightly harsh finish. The bitterness is a bit strong to be fully impressive. But as you simply can not taste that it is 13% impresses more than anything. Warms the tummy. Strange that it comes in a clear bottle.
mike_77 (5062) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with no head or fizz. Oaky, whiskey tones come through in the aroma as do charcoal and roasted malts. Initial malty flavour becomes more earthy with peaty whiskey coming through. A light honey sweetness is present among the bitterness and warming alcohol.
Leighton (17802) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Semi-Final Tasting, my place in London. Your welcome, lads. Pours black brown and, lacking almost any semblance of a head, seems pretty flat. The nose is mostly whisky, with hints of dark malts and cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with lots of peat, dark cocoa, charcoal, earth and mild booze. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate heat in the finish, with loads more peat, baking cocoa, earth, and whisky to spare. Pretty damn good. One of the best barrel-aged UK beers Iíve had.