BenH (2445) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Bat. Darkest brown with tan head. Aroma has lots of bourbon vanilla oak with chocolate and a slightly meaty savoury edge, cream, dark fruits, prune. Taste has lots of vanilla and chocolate up front with a woodiness, creamy flavour, prune and plum. Flat as they come, slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Wasn’t sure at first but actually it’s very nice and complex
FatPhil (9508) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 27, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2014)
Huge coconut oil aroma, some plastic aspects, some perfuminess. Even more coconut in the taste, this is like drinking sun lotion. The oily coconut never goes away, but the beer is drinkable. Did get some wafts of hot alcohol later. More annoyingly, I get smells of piss even later. Hard to believe this was the same cask that the rest of the Finnish crowd had, not sure why they’re being wowed by pissy hand lotion.
Erasmus_ro (1459) - Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask @ Gallows Bird, RAF2014. Pours black with a nice, dark latte colored head. Aroma is whisky, some honey, some caramel. But aroma is bourbon without the alcohol, mostly. Taste is rather sweet, a bit cloying to my taste. Salty liquorice and liquorice, bourbon is strong, somewhat ethanolic. Some caramel, some honey, especially in the aftertaste. Too sweet for me. Full, smooth, oily, soft.
Hermod (3416) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Gallows Bird, Espoo. Black color, brown head. Wow, you really notice the barrel effect here, bourbon, vanilla coming through very strong. Licorice as well. Flavor has smoke, wood, licorice, roastedness. Lovely.
rosenbergh (7239) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Gallows Bird, Espoo, Finland.
Pitch black colour with a small brown head.
Coconut, sweet caramel, mild alcohol and some dryness in the aroma.
The flavour is roasted malt, some chocolate sweetness, liquorice and some dryness. Not bad at all.
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tiong (3937) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ Gallows Bird Real Ale Festval 2014
Pours pitch black with a tiny head. Aroma of spices, bourbon, wood, vanilla, oak, coffee and coconut oil. Taste is strong, sweetish and sticky with loads of wood, vanilla, oak and bourbon with notes of coconut, coffee and spices. Finish is warming, smooth and sweet with notes of spices, coffee and vanilla. Quite massive and complex real ale. I prefer this to the regular one, this one hides the root beerish notes really well and the bourbon notes fit really well.
VastActiv (3035) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Real Ale Festival 2014. Colour is black with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, some sweetness, bourbon and roasted malts. Quite oily but soft.
laiti (5900) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Gallows Bird ⅩⅦ Real Ale Festival
Aroma has lots of bourbon, vanilla and some oaky tones. Flavour has lots of bourbon notes, wood and vanilla. Bourbon overrides almost everything here, no signs of Bracia except some caramel in the background.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask Half Pint at White Horse Old Ale Festival 2013, Parsons Green, London in Nov 2013 - Black. Very Malty; roasty malts, honey, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Fruity; dark fruits, citrus peel. Hoppy; earthy hops. Sweet roast malty throughout with slight bitter hop edge and dry finish. Lovely beer!
Svesse (6234) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 24 Nov 2013) Black colour with frothy, brown head. Malty, roasted, spicy nose with chestnut honey, caramel, liquorice, vanilla and hints of peat. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, espresso, liquorice, chestnut honey, dark fruit, vanilla, hints of oak wood and a certain spicy bitterness in the finish. Full body, with some sweetness coming through. Very complex beer with gentle hints of bourbon wood shining through. I prefer the original version, but this was very nice too.