mR_fr0g (11904) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle shared on the train Euston -> Birmingham, Cotteridge convention, 24/01/2015. Huge thanks to Colin for this one. Aroma is choc, booze, menthol, nutty smooth malts. Flavur is composed of smooth chocy malts, nutty, chocolate gateau. Paalte is full bodied, sticky sweet, moderate carbonation. Mahogany brown coloured pour with a decent tan head. Theydon_Bois (19198) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle split on the train from New Street to Kings Norton, big thanks to GT2 for gifting me this one, 24/01/15.
Mahogany brown with a decent tan covering.
Nose is rich malt, toffee, dark fruits, raises, lightly oxidised tones, faint charr.
Taste comprises bitter dark fruit peel, light spice, biscuit, raisens, leather, dark malt, toffee.
Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, lightly drying close with a touch of warming alcohol.
Solid gear. 47574xeCD (1123) - Coventry, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle share on the va va voom 323 to Cotteridge Convention. 323201 the doyen of the fleet too...
Pours a hazy dark brown with a fair white head, Strong
alcohol, woody, earthy, roasty, Slight Hop finish. Good solid stuff. djd07 (14366) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Bottle thank to Tim. Pours a cloudy brown with medium creamy beige head that lasts. The aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Thin mouthfeel with nice sweet chocolate and roast, very nice.
Scopey (14511) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle thanks to T-Bois on the train (part 2) to the Cotteridge Convention. It pours deep brown with a small tan head. The nose is rich, deep maltiness, wood, leather, dark fruits, dried berry, raisin, sugary, touch of menthol and umami. The taste is rich, malt-driven, toasty, wood, earth, brown sugar, old leather sofa, cocoa, spice and booze. Full body and moderate carbonation. Rich, malty and earthy. Rather nice and quaffable.
solidfunk (8838) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
A little syrupy. Some roast. Not sure this is holding up as well over time. Consistency is a little on the watery side. Pours black without much head or lacing. Bottle pours shared by Jackl at Churchkeyís 5th anniversary. Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Complex nose with toasted malts, spice, vanilla, Belgian strong notes. Toasty flavor with a Belgian malts. Slightly piney hops. Interesting. Definitely more enjoyable when it was fresh. But still a good beer nonetheless. slowrunner77 (11917) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Pretty big, dark brew with a little age on it. Sweet and bitter and alcoholic. Not as awesome as I expected, but still pretty dang good. Herbal, roasty, chocolatey and boozy sweetness all at the same time. Not sure when this came out. Ours was maybe two years old, maybe less. Would have loved to try fresh as this sample was quite nice."
Ed5388 (3448) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
12oz bottle shared by JohnGonk. Poured dark brown in color with a thin creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, bourbon, and oak. Taste of burnt malts, caramel, earth, bourbon, and oak. Slightly oxidized, but still solid. superspak (5508) - Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/17/2010. Pours very hazy/cloudy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, citrus zest, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast, brown bread, herbal, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, citrus/earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, citrus zest, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, brown bread, herbal, floral, grass, pine, and toast/grassy earthiness. Fair amount pine/herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, citrus zest, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, brown bread, brown sugar, herbal, floral, grass, pine, and toast/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, citrus/earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and fairly bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, citrus/earthy hops, and yeast ester fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.