EdKing (1849) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2012 Bottle from Utobeer. Colour is impressive, dark brown with red burgundy wine edges and a creamy tan head which dissapates quickly. Nose is very earthy, clay, waxy, then underneath that its nutty, red wine, chocolate, honey. Frankly a weird combination of flavours. Taste is damn good. Sweet earthy chocolate, hot choc cocoa powder, red wine, bit of light milky coffee. On the finish there’s a bit of liquorice, roasted grain and peat with an alcohol bite. Surely this is an imperial stout?
Miksu (4947) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.5 l bottle bought from GBBF 2011.Black color. Rich aroma of hazelnuts and leather cream (shoe wax). Rich smoothly roasty flavor with coffee, honey, coconut, licorice and hazelnuts. Full soft body. A peculiar shoe wax aroma and flavor, not bad by any means, very good in fact.
Radek Kliber (6401) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma: Lovely aroma. Best of best mead notes, herbal, soft, and sunny with floral twist. Hint of lavender and various herbs. Splendid.10-
Appearance: brownish-black with large dark tanned brownish crown. Nice presented lace.4+
Palate / Taste: oily, thick bodied. Heavy brew yet not cloying. I wonder how much mead in in here? Sweet with alcohol warmth. Floral top, some alcoholic dryness as you go. Sticky palate. This brew is something else! World class offering.
Erasmus_ro (1312) - Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Gallows Bird. Pours black with a thick, mocha-colored head. Aroma is strongly malty, roasted, dark fruits, honey, prune. Taste is malty, caramel, roasted, honey, dark fruits, dark cherries. Palate is full and a bit sticky. Very pleasant sipper.
rosenbergh (6699) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle at the Gallows Bird XV Real Ale Festival, Espoo, Finland.
Pitch black colour with small tan head.
Roasted malt, sweet chocolate, dark fruits and mild metal in aroma.
Flavour is also roasted malt, quite a lot sweetness, mild bitterness and dark fruits. Quite similar to Imperial Stout. Rich and tasty.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(500ml bottle, BB 12.14, bottled 2010) Pours a black body with a medium brown head. Aroma of peat, nuts, banana bread, honey, mustiness, raisins, nuts, and basement. Flavor of liquorice, peat, honey, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and banana.
TheJestersBeer (2046) - SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. (Rating #500)
Pours pitch black, with a brown head.
Very complex aromas, roasted malt, licorice, spices, hops, coffee, chocolate, tar, dried fruits, plums, ashes, smoke.
Sweet, full bodied (and beyond), high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Extremely rich and complex, loads of fruit and roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, plums, chocolate, tar, smoke, hops. Let this one lie down for a few years. A beauty.
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Off tap at Sheffield tap. Massive sherry, dark fruits, port, red wine, honey. Very tasty.
wizardjoe (11) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Absolutely delicous, but can too easily become overpowering if consumed too quickly or at a quantity more than about half a bottle. Unique in taste, texture and aroma.
Jow (2092) - New York, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sunday afternoon brew. Pours dark brown with thin head. Great nose of coffee and dark fruits. Tastes of smoke, chocolate, licorice, root beer, coffee, earth, and warming on finish. Delightful beer for the season