BenH (3434) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle. Black with a big light brown head that doesn’t budge. Aroma is massively soapy, some grapefruit, citrus, pine, chocolate and coffee but soap is the order of the day. Taste is again dominated by soap but when broken down also has grapefruit, chocolate and coffee. Thick with a fair bitterness and a lingering chocolate finish. A nice big robust beer with some very nice elements but the soapiness is hard to overcome Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle from Great Grog. Pours a very dark brown colour with a thick tan head. Aroma of pine, pineapple, caramel, coffee and alcohol. Great bitterness and similar flavours. Moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Very nice! suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Black pour. Big tan head that is slow to fall and leaves tons of lacing. Big aroma of powdered chocolate and oranges, hops and malt. Taste is mirroring the aromas. Very tasty. Slightly bitter, but sweet at the same time. sm89walt (2082) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2012. Poured a cloudy, near opaque worldbeertaste (1818) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
brown with a small, fading bubbly beige head. Lovely juicy citrus fruit aromas of grapefruit with resin & pine too & touches of roasted malt. Drier flavour-wise with more roasted malts, pine, liquorice & berry skin. Medium body, firm & lightly carbonated palate texture with a lingering dry, resinous bitterness.
At first it’s sort of like a black IPA as in its smooth black and slightly roasted and then moves into a bitter finish that you can expect. Where the surprise happens is after the aftertaste when the intense bitterness consumes and destroys your taste buds. And by bitter, I mean the most intensive bitter taste that hits like a nails and black ash. Incredible.
dantheman278 (1365) - SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle at home. Deep brown/black pour, very thick ice-cream sundae style beige head. Serious head retention, actually gets in the way a bit! Must be all the hop oils. Big rich nose, some light hot chocolate powder, soft chocolate malts, light spicy hops. Sweet dark chocolatey coffee roast up front, and then a huge whack of rich, resinous hops. Looooong resinous bitter finish. A bit harsh at first, but I’m getting used to it, after a while it really balances out rather well. Not bad at all. swooper (1254) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
bottle, awesome rocky stable brown head, black, coffee, roasty, with hoppy hinds, very dry bitterness, medium sweetness, full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, on of the richest beers I ve had for last year, maybe lack of drinkability, cant drink four of these a night but thats not a mission of this brilliant beer. The_Bish (1146) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2012
At last a review in real time, still have backlog, but I’m getting there. I’ve got a looooooong taste of coins in my mouth. Coins that have been left at the bottom of a caffetiere for a month to linger in the remains of resins coffee. It goes on and on and on. johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
Another seething menace from Arbor. Strong coffee nose with 90% cocoa lindt chocolate and licorice coming through. Pours a deep, dark brown with a fluffy head the colour of a double espresso crema. The flavour follows the nose with rich, dark notes in spades - bitter, bitter cocoa, buttery, burnt malts, more licorice, some aniseed, some flambeed figs, and a long, long, oily finish. Rich, complex, chocolatey, bitter and biting, this is a corker from the best of the new Bristol breed of progressive brewers. Shark_Pants (769) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2014
Cola colour, small head. Aroma roast meat, grapefruit, caramel, bread, pine, grass. Taste is initially sweet toffee, pine, licorice, then bitter grapefruit and lime and finishes with charred meat. Medium bodied. Very flavourful, quite good.