Brewed by Brodies
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England


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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2010
A Mes rate. Hand bottled thanks hugely to our Ken.
Utterly utterly brilliant. Everyone who had this thought the same. Sooooo sweet but still tolerable. Possibly the best body I have experienced, well of the booze variety anyway. Thick and juicy beyond description but not at all sticky. Notes of pepperoni and other entertaining meaty stuff. Unreal malt. Again, so much sugar, its proper dessert stuff. Incredible burnt crme brle topping, toffee and caramel a plenty just yum bloody yum all round. The alcohol feels like 10% almost although the sweetness gives you a hint, other than that, in a blind tasting there is just no bloody way you would put this at 22%. Its just absolutely stellar stuff. So far removed from what most of us know as beer but its just ooooooh so good. Some wood and leather in the background. My god, this is exceptional. One of the most assertive yet approachable beers Ive had. Huge depth and complexity, finesse and balance even. Character, poise, damn. I knew Brodies were good already but this one has just raised the bar to a whole new level. I now know they are capable of utter brilliance. Ken, you fucking rock mate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (7052) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teorn88 (6965) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - 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

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (6853) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Keg at Brewdog. Im not sure Ive 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!). Im glad that British brewers are trying crazy stuff, and this gets points for being interesting, but this isnt something Id want again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer5000 (6026) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2012
Cask tap @ King William IV. Have to admit that Im 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, its 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. Its 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kappldav123 (5985) - 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5583) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2010
From Mes. Wow! Alcoholic Camp coffee. This is like those chocolate wrapped liquors my Nan used to buy at Christmas. Very sweet. Yummy sweet. Invitingly, seductively, devilishly sweet. Great body - smooth and luscious, with a wonderful viscous mouthfeel. Flavours are mainly around bitter chocolate, smoke, mackerel, and coffee beans, with some deep dark fruits coming through. Very drinkable - and no off alcohol notes. I love this. I could really indulge in a few of these!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (4298) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2010
Pours a cloudy very dark brown with almost no head. The first impression is roasty syrup. Dark dried fruit and fruitcake on the nose, along with treacle, its a bit like liquid xmas pudding. The body is massive, winey and treacley, with a roast and sweet aftertaste. Well solid and worryingly quaffable...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3892) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 8, 2012
Cask at William IV. Having this on Friday made Saturday morning very tough, although it was lovely. Dark brown, no head. Ultra sticky and thick. Aroma is lots of boozy sweetness, very roasty, lots of dark fruit, coffee liqueur. Taste is sweet caramel, treacle, lots of booze. A third was more than enough, but it was very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3814) - 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.

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