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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RichTheVillan (8155) - 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.

teorn88 (7687) - 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

chriso (7586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 On cask (handpump) at Brodies Autumn Festival at the William IV on 4 September 2010. Pitch black. Sticky consistency. Lots of raisiny fruit. Very rich. Some licorice. Extremely sweet. Some cough mixture character - Gees linctus. Not really my thing at this age. Needs more time to settle down I’d say. [6/3/6/3/12=3.0]
RE-RATE: Cask (handpump) at the Brodies Bunny Basher Festival, King William IV, Leyton on 1 May 2011. It has mellowed somewhat since last time. Lots of aniseed. Rich plummy fruit also in the flavour. Still a bit sweet and sticky for my taste though. Still needs more time. [7/3/7/3/13=3.3]
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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, it’s proper dessert stuff. Incredible burnt crème brûlée 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%. It’s just absolutely stellar stuff. So far removed from what most of us know as beer but it’s just ooooooh so good. Some wood and leather in the background. My god, this is exceptional. One of the most assertive yet approachable beers I’ve 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.

Beer5000 (6678) - 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 (6131) - 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!

MrTipple (6000) - 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.

SilkTork (5806) - 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!

BeerViking (4996) - 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, it’s a bit like liquid xmas pudding. The body is massive, winey and treacley, with a roast and sweet aftertaste. Well solid and worryingly quaffable...

shoulderbroken (4255) - 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.

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