den89 (2) - SLOVENIA - JAN 5, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thornbridge is maybe the best brewery from UK. This is a sort of imperial stout, strong and dark and impressive at taste.
Leighton (9638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask at the Euston Tap. Pours opaque black with brown highlights and an out of control, beige head. Huge, sweet malt aroma with notes of chocolate, honey, hazelnuts and chestnuts. Flavor is extremely sweet, with lots of honey, caramelized demerara sugar, licorice, more nuts, light spices and earthy, lightly citric bitterness. Full in body with average carbonation and alcohol warmth. Finishes sweet with honey, chestnuts and chocolate, plus mild and lingering roasty bitterness. Wow. Simply amazing.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle from the Doemens Euro Beer Star stash. Thick black color with a medium-sized brown head. Some alcohol and sticky burn aromas with some juniper, licorice, and honey. Dark chocolate, licorioce, and honey are the main flavor components, with a moderate alcohol presence and a medium bitterness that lasts through the finish. Full bodied with smooth carbonation. Another nice dark ale from Thornbridge.
ladnewton (1305) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Euston Tap, London on 5th November 2010. Impenetrably black with a pale brown frothy head. Roasted chestnut/hazelnut in a rich aroma, along with wood and earthy pungency. Nutty main kick with berry fruits/Christmas pudding and burnt sugar. Finish is slightly less intense, but contains lactic tastes, creaminess and a soapy note. Thick and fulfilling creamy mouthfeel. A treat.
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask, Euston Tap.
Chocolate; coffee, cream on aroma. Amazing bitterness, proper espresso bitterness, chocolate, great drinkability, dangerously drinkable, feel this version is improved on the old batch, loads of oak,. smoke, definitely a hint of Margaux red wine which is just devine. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bottle this and make it more regular as this is awesome.
BeerViking (1997) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the Euston Tap. Pours black with a mid-coarse tan head. Rich but a bit too cloying. Loads of treacle and liquorice on both nose and palate, honey too, a bit of smoke, very roast bitter finish.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 Bottle at Pre-ZBF 2010. Almost black with a creamy beige head. Beautiful lacing in the glass too. Amazing perfume aroma of chocolate, honey, nuts, coffee and piney/earthy notes. The flavour is light roast, chocolate, honey, nutty and fruity hops. Great lingering bitterness right to the finish. No sign of the abv and highly drinkable. Stunning beer. Poured by Kelly - cheers mate!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by kmweaver at Woodshop 5.0 (2/20/10): Pours an oily black with a large froth of light brown head. Has an herbal licorice and dark chocolate nose with some raisin and coffee notes. Starts with good body and fine carbonation with some earthy dark chocolate flavor and anise spice before a warming funky earthy coffee finish. A very unique and fairly complex brew.
Theis (12528) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Pre-ZBF 2010. Black - brown head. Coffee, sweetnes, licorice, vegetables, fruity, light metallic, syrup, nice hoppy, high malty, nutty, caramel. OK.
jfb (3431) - GERMANY - MAR 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) pours a pitch black colour with a small dense brown head. aroma of tobacco and light smoke, toasted malts, milk chocolate, herbs and holy water. flavour is black toasted malts and heavy char, with notes of coffee, dry spices and tree bark. heavy, lightly alcoholic body with smooth carbonation.