The_Osprey (3824) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at Chriso’s. Thanks! Black, small foamy brown head. Aroma is smoke, light molasses, a little booze showing up. Body is fairly light, foamy, tingly carbonation. Taste is strong with smoke, rye, smoked meat and booze. Pretty bitter towards the finish. This is certainly the best beer I’ve had from The Bruery. It’s the only one that had something to balance out the sweetness! Nice.
Anatole (127) - BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bière fume, sans être exagérée. Alcool, vanille, sucre, chocolat. Murissement en fut assez subtil mais present.
pressboxjoe (313) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. I like bourbon barrel aging as much as anyone, but this beer may actually finally offer a BBA flavor too intense to enjoy. Sticky, sweet, smoky, just intense, intense, intense. Not a bad beer, but I’m probably not going to seek it out again.
Leighton (14674) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF tasting 2015 - London. Pours oily black with a creamy tan had. Highly medicinal in the nose, some peat, smoke. Medium sweet flavor with notes of dark bread, chocolate, more medicinal peat, booze, roast. Full bodied with fine carbonation; lightly chewy. Warming finish with subtle apple notes, chocolate, lingering peat. So so.
Desverger (4589) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Chris and Ruth’s Pre-GBBF 2015, London - pours black with beige head. Sweet and medium roasted malty aroma and taste with chocolate, caramel, some vanilla, rye, bourbon infused wooden notes, sweet malty finish.
planky84 (2521) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chris & Ruth’s pre-GBBF shindig, 2015. Black pour with a dark beige head. Rich dark fruit nose. Smooth woody flavours of dark fruit, vanilla and some notes of citrus. Tasty brew.
Aniela (4195) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pre GBBF tasting as Chris and Ruth’s Place. Black beer with an brownish head. Dark chocolate, malty a bit sweetish aroma. Dark chocolate, malty and whiskey flavour with spicy and smokey notes. Lovely one :-)
Scopey (9735) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bigs thanks to Kenny. Consumed at ChrisO Pre-GBBF tasting. It pours near black with a thick tan head. The nose is rich, smokey, vanilla, nougat, medicinal, cocoa, spice, brown bread, rocky road and maple syrup. The taste is sweet, spicy, medicinal, plum, black currant, some acidity, dark fruit, wood, leather, burnt cake and some warming alcohol with a dry, spicy finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Nice depth and rather well-rounded. One of the nicest offerings I have had from these guys for quite a while.
KyotoLefty (7972) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet smoke and caramel nose, bourbon, vanilla. Sweet flavor, smoke and booze, treacle, vanilla, stone fruits. Soft carbonation. Nice stuff.
madmitch76 (18893) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
8th August 2015
Pre GBBF tasting as Chris and Ruth’s. Opaque black - brown beer, big pale tan head. Very airy palate, especially for the abv. Soft dark malts, a little creamy sweetness. Nice dark chocolate. Dark malt tang and mellow whiskey. Light esters. Traces of spice and smoke. Light finish. A gentle giant this one!