Beersiveknown (2138) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home from source cafe. Pours hazy brown with pillowy toffee tinged head. Chestnut highlights. Spicy hay and wood notes on the nose with underlying vanilla coke, rich alcohol and a touch of pear (yeast esters rather than higher alcohols). Balsamic vinegar replaced by earthy blackcurrants. low carbonation, fairly dry with a lengthy finish. Coffee, cola, bitter malt, medium bodied. A complex sipper.
teorn88 (1656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle for CBC, Clerkenwell. It pours a deep ruby / mahogany colour with a huge beige head. Actually this is a slow gusher. Foam is soapy and looks bretty, leaving lacings on the side of the glass as it dissipates. Aroma is quite complex with wine, bourbon and brett above all. Notes of port wine and madeira, leather, tobacco and vanilla. Brett funk in there too. Taste is mostly sweet and slightly acidic. Some tiny smoky notes. The taste is very similar to the nose, but more muted in intensity. Certainly full of red wine, bourbon and barnyard notes. A great combo to me. Palate is quite thin with soft carbonation. Only thing where this beer could improve to me is in getting a bit more body. All else is sublime and well executed. It could use some more intensity in flavors as well, but overall a greta brew.
Sebilinz (217) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle dark Brown Body with nice tan head Aroma is malt caramell with hints of vinegar taste is malt dried fruits some sourness with tannins aftertaste is malt sour and bitter Wonderful complex and balanced brew
OwainTurner (270) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark cloudy apperance... Figs, banana and fruit aroma. Incrdble smooth. Sweet, and slightly sour.
Garrold (366) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from House of Trembling Madness bottle shop, York. Horse chestnut brown. Off white, thin, but lasting head. Aroma is cherry lips, muscovado sugar, a hint of dark chocolate. The yeast is there, in the background. Hint of licorice too. Taste is sour, and sweet, then bitter. Mighty fine, complex beer.
zacgillbanks (1493) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. A dark brown cloudy beer which pours with a large foamy head. It has a smooth mouthfeel with flavours of vanilla, oak, raspberry and currants with rich warmth and a roasted finish.
spacecube (524) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle, pours deep red brow, with a small head, big red grape aroma, oak from the barrel, with some wine texture and flavour, nice how the grape flavour dominates in the middle. Finish is well balanced. A bit unusual and very good
marquisalex (111) - Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, poured into small white white glass. Very attractive. Hazy nut-brown, thick, even, tan head - tiny bubbles. Aroma is woody, and slightly sour jam. Flavour is dominated by the oak aging - picks up a lot of bourbon character. Stewed red fruit is present, as well as something that reminds me of plums. Body is thick and smooth, very soft carbonation. Finish lingering, like a tart preserve of some kind. Genuinely very impressed.
McNeillR (635) - SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stifling mix of earthy sweetness and vanilla with a deep, boozy nut nose.
Vigorous auburn body returning no real head to speak of. Bold Ribena-ish punch of sweetness to the initial taste. A sleeper assault of bourbon amongst the sweet kola nut pepper in the palate. Sweet, sticky hazelnut finish without a hint of dryness - just pure em-bellowing depth of flavour from the ageing to contemplate. Superb.
Their flagship beer, without a doubt. In the same way the Cromarty AKA IPA brought flashbacks to those off radar hop wheelbarrow US beers this was shadowing what Innis & Gunn used to amaze us with via actual ageing in actual oak barrels to produce an actually decent beer. This beer wasn’t as good as I’d hoped, it was much better. Would love to see the difference in taste on tap.
Bottle, Cornelius, Edinburgh
planky84 (1786) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Theatre of Wine, Greenwich. Mahogany coloured pour with a beige head. Raisin, lots of sweet spice and blackberry aroma. Has a spirit like quality. Flavours of caramel, sweet spice and a little coconut. Quite vinous. Sweet malt finish.