demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber to giant snifter. Scored in a trade and drinking during the inauguration ceremony. Pours dark black but not thick. Substantial head that dissipates and leaves a nice mocha ring around the edge. I’m not a fan of smoked beers, but this one is quite subtle on the smokiness, so if you love smokey you may not like it. Just tastes like a really good Imperial with a hint of smoke and some hop presence.
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the chriso and Ruth pre GBBF Shindig 2016 - London. Day 1. Pours oily black with a creamy tan head. Harsh charred malts in the aroma, baking cocoa. Medium sweet flavour with notes of ashy roast, chocolate. Full bodied, chewy and oily, with fine carbonation. Warming finish with lots of bittersweet chocolate and scorched earth. A nice, hearty, full-on impy stout.
teorn88 (6473) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pre-GBBF 2016 tasting at Chris&Ruth’s, Day-1. It pours a it pours a dark brown color with a minimal beige head. Aroma is tangy smokey sweet chocolatey with vanilla and raisins. Overall, very tasty
mR_fr0g (9266) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the pre GBBF chriso’s tasting day 1 06/08/2016. Many thanks to Chriso for this one. An opaque black dark brown coloured pour with a a fading dark tan head. Aroma is earthy roasted grains, grapey fruits, apricot, liquorice. Flavour is is sweet bitter black malts, liquorice, jammy fruit, raspberry. Palate is sticky sweet, sugars, moderate carbonation. Nice.
italianjohn (2892) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a thin khaki head and spotted light lacing .... aroma of licorice, dark fruits, chocolate and roasted malts with some smokey peat malts .... taste is of licorice, chocolate, roasted malts, smokey peated malts, coffee and bitter dry hops .... has some dark fruity yeast flavors to it ..... finish is smokey with lingering coffee and chocolate flavors and has a bitter bite .... the flavors have definitely settled and made this brew complex with a nice slick and oily body ..... great balanced brew that aged well .... abv hidden well
RichTheVillan (6669) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Chris and Ruth’s pre GBBF shindig; dark brown pour with a bubbly tan head, aroma has dark fruits and some smoke, taste has rich chocolate, some smoked malts, camp coffee.
Benzai (14108) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ ChrisO Pre-GBBF Shindig. Opaque pitch black color, average sized beige head. Aroma is malts, dark malts, liquorice, liquorice. Taste malts, roasted malts, liquorice, bitter. Oily texture, medium to full body and medium carbonation. Very nice.
planky84 (2866) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF Shindig, 2016 (Sunday sesh.)- scavenged leftovers from the Saturday session. Dark brown pour. Raisin, nuts, sweet spice and smoke aroma. Flavours of raisins, chocolate, licorice toffee and caramel. Tasty.
EdKing (2391) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ChrisO’s pre-GBBF 2016 Shindig. Opaque black, very dark brown, off white to tan head. Nose is marmite, yeast extract, dark chocolate, roasted malt, little smokiness. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, yeast extract, coffee, little wood, little roasted bitterness. Very nice beer. Fairly rich and full bodied.
harrisoni (17282) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chriso pre gbbf shindig 2016. Black beer lasting tan head. Some dark chocolate some dark chocolate sponge cake. Good though.
OminouSC2 (451) - SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color. Roasted aromas, chocolate, coffee, tar. Tastes of roasted malt, wood, dark chocolate, wood and smoke. Roasted finish.