sonnycheeba (4774) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with average, fizzy tan head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is brandy, plums, roasted malt, floral notes, milk chocolate, light honey, and faint maple. Flavor is sweet malts, heavy dark fruit esters, booze, woody notes, light earthy hops, and chocolate; dry, lightly sweet finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (11659) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is light peat malt with hazelnut, prunes and dates, earthy, herbal, and woody hops, light coffee and roast malt. Flavor is malt forward with hazelnut, dark fruity esters, peat, brown sugar and honey notes with light hops and bitterness, and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
markas101 (2221) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask, Hallamshire House, Sheffield, UK. Jet black, thin brown head. Intense aroma - resin, coffee, ink. Some sweet molasses. Thick, smooth. Chocolate, cloves, prune; all very deep and developed. Quite amazing.
greenclansman (897) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - JAN 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super dark beer with a big strong body.
Aroma is sweet with a hint of caramel and black fruits.
Very sweet in taste with a slight bitterness at the end.
The alcohol is for sure there, but so present for a 10% beer.
Very special beer, for very special nights.....LIKE BREWFELLAS XMAS PARTY 2012!!!
Jimmythespoon (472) - - JAN 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh bottle straight from the brewery. Pours a dark black, with a nice foamy head which resides. Aroma is sweet honey chestnut. This beer is incredibly smooth, the 10% alcohol is well hidden and does not come out in the slightest. Very well balanced beer, having honey in it I expected it sweeter, but the slight bitter finish creates a great balance. Not a beer to drink everyday but great stuff for the holidays!
Holmen1 (4343) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Flaske delt med Egil på Cardinal des-12: svart farge. Sjokoladebrunt skum som blir hengende. En rik og tilbakelent smak med stor verdighet. En helt sjelden ølopplevelse som må på handlelista. (iflg Egil så er aromaen som å gå inn i et gammelt herregårdskap som ikke har vært åpnet på 80 år, og hvor det ligger noen godt brukte ullsokker)
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 This is my second bottle of this beer and was 12 months old. The beer pours a smidge off black and has a caramel head, that didnt last. The inital aroma was nutty, chocolatey and warm. The taste was smooooth. The nuttiness continues and drinks really well. I am impressed that beer can have such an aroma and taste of a specialist ingredient, yet be very palatable on not over power the beer. There is a special balance to this beer which draws me in and makes me think about every mouthful. Top stuff.
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
50 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Pours oilyblack with a big brown head. Aroma of honey, nuts and dark fruits. Complex beer with a very well hidden alcohol. More nuts and honey with some coffee and chocolate in the flavour. Very nice mouthfeel.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark blacks under a dark espresso crema head. A thick head of crema hued foam fades into a thick collar which also swirls thick. A very alluring image of a beer.
Berries and honey. Honey glazed and flambéed over a brilliant red-hot flame, the honey crackling and sizzling as they cooked along with the strawberries and raspberries. Sweet dark breads packed with juicy plump raisins – pumpernickel if you please. Black licorice root. Mulberries. Root beer candies.
Interesting from start to finish. Dark fruits abound – plums, raisins, and prunes – covered in honey and berry glaze. Fresh – no artificial preservatives and additives need apply. Smokey and rooty in the back and along the edges – tendrils. Black licorice also in the back swallow. Burnt caramel. A parching finish of black cacao powder, ash, and charcoal. Delicate berries covered in chocolate greet me at the beginning of each taste. More dry dark chocolates in the middle.
Delicious! Interestingly delicious! I had heard good things about England’s Thornbridge brewery and it would seem they were true. This is my second beer from Thornbridge and hopefully it won’t be my last. Quintessentially classically English. Cheerio!
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (graduation present) from Dan - merci beaucoup! Pours a viscous looking black, small mocha head. Aroma is gorgeous and complex - chestnut, a bit of chocolatey malt, herbal spiciness, cloves, and oddly a bit of bubblegum. Taste is equally complex and rewarding. Soft chocolatey and coffee malts, with honey, some bitter hop spice, juniper, clove, vanilla, cranberries. Silky mouthfeel, long finish, lingering milkiness. Just gorgeous.