Formerly brewed at Brodie’s Beers
Style: English Strong Ale
Leyton, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 660   ABV: 22%
Cask: Special - 2010.
Dark. Strong. Smokey. Triple mashed to achieve our highest ever ABV.

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teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 6, 2015
Backlog rating. Keg at KWIV, Bunny Basher 2014, London. It pours a deep dark brown color with no head. Doors to hell open with a strong marmite, sweet, syrupy, oxidised notes. Some funky musty wine sweetness. Taste is big bold sweet, a gazillion calories I reckon. Notes of maple syrup, marmite, oxidised red wine, raisins and brown sugar. Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall, a monster of a sweet beer, but not bad per se

Theydon_Bois (20879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Cask at King William IV, Bunny Basher ’15, 05/04/15.
Pitch black with a moderately appointed dirty tan swirl that escapes edgeward.
Nose is coffee, chocolate, biscuit, rich toffee sauce, restrained booze tunes, light peppery spice, stewed dark fruits.
Taste is sweet, sweet, fucken more sweetness, go on - have some more ! coffee cake icing, liquorice, chocolate fondue, toffee fudge mix, oh - did I mention this is sweet?
Full bodied, viscous, cloying and oily feel, lightly warming booze in an insanely sweet close.
Interesting stuff, just way too sweet and no drinkability. Drinks below the ABV but I guess with the amount of sugar in this you don’t really get much chance to ascertain the ABV.
Fun to tick, just one or two sips were all that was required.
Would love to have poured some of this over vanilla ice cream!

rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2015
Brodies Bunny Basher 2015 at King William IV, London. Dark brown, no head. Malty sugar, vinous, figs, raisins. Sugary flavor, figs, raisins. Way too sweet!

MrTipple (6570) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2015
Aroma: heavy, dark fruits, molasses, sugar pure. Appearance: black, small, clear head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sweets intensify further, ridiculously sweet, sticky toffee, syrup, alcohol. Overall: this is truly an exceptional beer, or is it a fortified wine, anyway, interesting, but not an everyday tipple. Pint at King William IV, Leyton.

RichTheVillan (8298) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2015
Cask at King William IV Bunny Basher; pitch black pour with zero head, big meaty aroma, taste is very sweet, chocolate, meaty gravy stock, tangy dark fruits, a hint of liquorice, massively viscous mouthfeel, expectedly flat, glad I got to try this.

The_Osprey (9343) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Keg at Brewdog. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a beer pour this thick. Pitch black with no head at all. Aroma … ooof … bovril, strong gravy, marmite, some sherry. It smells a bit like a barley wine after 10 years in the bottle. Body is big and rich, low carbonation, totally smooth. Taste is very sweet molasses and soupy with smoke. The smoke does a half-decent job of balancing out the sugary sweetness (but not enough!). I’m glad that British brewers are trying crazy stuff, and this gets points for being interesting, but this isn’t something I’d want again.

Fin (10970) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
On tap at Bunny Basher (Brodies Beer Festival) King William IV, Leyton, London, Friday 18th April 2014 Pitch black no head, looks like a flat cola. Thick and oily texture in mouth and dangerously drinkable because you would never know it was 22%, that said it just tasted malty and far, far too sweet, in fact the beer that I least liked overall. Not sure that I am getting more than just a heavy cloying sweetness and malt? Mmhhh... glad to say that i’ve tried it but wouldn’t seek it out again. A6 A3 T6 P3 Ov12 3.0

Beer5000 (6768) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2012
Cask tap @ King William IV. Have to admit that I’m starting to get a bit tired over all these super strong, super boozy, molasses and soy souse flavored imp. stout, but this one was a definitively positive surprise. Yes, it’s still super strong and boozy, but with a lot more elegance than the average lot. A totally black body with practically no head. Strong and pleasant aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet indeed and warming alcoholic, lots of dark malt, roast, mocha, chocolate, dry fruit and moderate bitterness. There is a good complexity here, this beer feels almost like Kahlua or something similar, but nicer, the alcohol is definitively present, but not in a raw boozy way, its noble and warming. It’s still feels way too sweet, but very nice in smaller amounts and I believe the sweetness is needed to balance the alcohol. Full body with a never ending aftertaste. Another amazing beer from Brodies.

kappldav123 (6134) - GERMANY - AUG 18, 2012
Big thanks to madmitch for that one! Good that I get to try this beer. Deep black in the glass, small head. Intense malty aroma. Starts strong, intense malty, lots of coffee and bitter chocolate. Quite strong but not as alcoholic as exspected. Warming malty finish, bitter chocolate. A great beer!

Scopey (15877) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
Cask at Brodies. It pours black, with a thin, bubbly head. The nose is roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, boiled sweet s and Calpol. The taste is sweets (particularly Black Jacks), candy floss, angel delight, liquorice, vanilla, coffee liqueur, milk chocolate and Calpol. Medium-full body, low carbonation and very well hidden alcohol. Complex and surprisingly smooth and light. A well made beer, but it’s perhaps a bit too sweet for me.

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