Theydon_Bois (2957) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Remainder of a previous weeks tasting, massive thanks to Leighton for bringing this out for me, at CBC 22/04/13. 2012 Vintage @19.2%.
Pitch black with no head!
Nose is dark roast malt, booze, molasses, Ronseal, brown sugars, dark fruits, booze.
Taste comprises dark toffee fudge, booze, dark fruits, molasses, plums, woody notes, leather, chocolate, more booze, berry fuits.
Full bodied, cloying, boozey warming finish.
Drinkable stuff for 19.2% but definately one to share out with many others, akin to a strong desert wine. Well constructed none the less and despite booze being a prominent theme in this one, it was still eminently drinkable.
djd07 (2317) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2009 bottle. Thanks Tom! Pours a dark brown with beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is strong roast, cocoa, chocolate, and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel with a smooth chocolate roast and hiding alcohol extremely well. Very impressive, held up very well.
greenclansman (497) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - MAY 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ Zeebra Extreme beer festival 2012 batch
OK, dont get me wrong. This is a master piece...but its not a beer.
Or at least not my style. Most of the taste is covered by the booze. Very very strong and hard to drink (specially after it warms up). I dont think I will drink this again.
fitwitchik (17) - - APR 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared with my gracious friend Matt and our spouses. WOW! Heaven in a glass. Thick sweet motor oil loviness with caramel coffee chocolate out the door.
gEUS (577) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottles at vertical tasting at Sloshfest. Thank you Jeffo & Erik for sharing.
All pour pitch black with absolutely no head whatsoever. All vintages have little difference in aroma - all very borubony with notes of vanilla, wood, leather, chocolate and some coffee.
All are full bodies with no carbonation, and burning the throat almost away in the finish. I miss balance in all of them. 2009 & 2010 vintage are slightly different and smoother from the rest.
Bourbon is ruling in the taste as well, lots of alcohol. Coffee and chocolate.
Expected more from this!
meerbier (1197) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Home. Very lovely sweet malty coffee and chocolate aroma. Black, brown head, good lace. Chocolate vanilla bourbon flavours. Alcoholic. Not too complex. Nice. However way too sweet for me.
jackl (2587) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Bottle @ Stouts Tasting Pt III: Brokeback Edition. Cheers to Crosamich for sending this. Mild gusher in the pour. The pourís deep brown with a small head. Super sweet stewed prune nose. Tangy burnt caramel, chocolate glazed donut. The taste is similar. Nutty dark malts. Very sludgy plenty of brown sugar and chocolate. Caramel-covered berry in the finish. Overall, decent. A bit all over the place.
mnmike (609) - Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Bottle shared with some friends. The surprising aspect for me was the sweetness. Almost too sweet - I wouldnít want more than an 8 ounce pour at a time
ekoerper (548) - Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: lots of ripe dark fruit, roast malts and coffee, sweet chocolate and caramel, notes of whiskey and oak, alcohol aromas are surprisingly under control.
Appearance: jet black pour with a thin head, fairly opaque.
Taste: very rich, lots of chocolate and dark sugars, coffee, toast, molasses, dried figs and dates. Barrel notes are nice and well-integrated. On to the alcohol - I was surprised at how well the alcohol is controlled, itís certainly not hiding, but this does not drink like itís 19%. Really fairly sweet, but the other components do a much better than expected job of balancing.
Palate: very full body, low carbonation, fairly smooth with a warming finish.
Overall: I was expecting a sweet, alcohol laden mess, but was pleasantly surprised. This is a very flavorful and complex brew, the alcohol and sweetness are controlled well, though I donít think I could handle more than a few ounces.
hopdog (7652) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. 2009 Vintage (has had a few years to age). Poured black in color with a tan head. Vanilla, bourbon (but not overpowering), woody, dark fruits, molasses, coffee, and licorice. Sweet ... bordering cloying but not. Alcohol present, but I would say smooth for 19+ %. Lot going on with this one and the aging is coming along nice.