Beese (3208) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Cask gravity at the St Albans Beer Festival 2012. I have nightmares about this beer. It poured a very handsome really dark brown, near black, with a rocky beige head. The head dissipated quite rapidly. Upon taking a smell of this monstrosity, all I got was liquid Bounty bars, horrible saccharine faux coconut nastiness and marzipan. I had only a few sips of this and it tasted as bad as it smelled. Just an absolute horrible mix of all things sweet and synthetic, turned up to 11. Not only did I have to throw most of the half pint away, I had to have my glass changed to avoid the lingering smell and even then I kept having flashbacks. One of the two worst beers I’ve ever had (the other was also at a St Albans Beer Festival). fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2013
Leighton (22295) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2013
Cask (gravity) @ 29th Pigs Ear Beer and Cider Festival 2012, at The Round Chapel in Hackney, London, England.
Clear dark black brown color with a small, virtually none appearance head. Aroma is wood, tar, oak, keller, alcohol, light soy sauce. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long long duration, alcohol, woody woody. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. 
Cask at Pigs Ear BF 2012, London. Pours black with minimal head. Burnt oak on the nose, some cocoa. Big sweet flavor, lightly musky, with oak, sugary cocoa, chocolate syrup, burnt wood. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Warming finish with rich chocolate, torched oak, light ham, earth. Lacks condition but not flavor. Rich stuff. FatPhil (17060) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 28, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2013 Wooden Cask (CWAF2013, Thurs) (sip) (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)imdownthepub (15322) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2013
Apples and pears, then oak on the nose. Quite smooth palate. Sharp sourness crispens the sweetness. Old and nutty rather than off and sour. Good.
Rerate: later the same day (sip) (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)
sharper, and more berries this time. Better in some intangible ways, but not as good in others. No need to change score
Rerate: same cask, Sat (7:4:8:4:15-=3.8-)
Woh, has come alive with a bit more settling and some breathing - note - this was the final half pulled from the cask. Very heady aroma. Black, thick, no carbonation. Rich sweet roast. Buttery retronasals. Very heady. But also very easy to drink for 10%. Nicely warming. A little winey. What a great way to finnish the barrel!
Cask conditioned at Cambridge Winter Ales Festival ’13. Black with no head. There is a heavy latex, rubbery note to this added to a wet cardboard flavour. A difficult beer to drink from all angles, not great.
madmitch76 (25519) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
4th December 2012jackl (8417) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Pigs Ear. Opaque black beer, no real head. Palate is light and dry. Sourish dark malt, subtle red wine. Mild lactose and some salt. Quite a dry finish. Not quite joined up and not much oak, but quite flavoursome.
Gravity @ Pigs Ear 2012. The pour’s deep brown with no head whatsoever. The nose is STRONG oak, sickly sweet vanilla and caramelized brown sugar. Oak really dominates the aroma, and it’s hard to pick out other aromas. The taste is super sweet concentrated toffee, vanilla, discarded coffee rinds. Very strong notes of wood. Just a mess of strong flavors that don’t compliment each other very well. There’s a bilious quality to the beer that I found really unappealing too. Big body. Overall, this beer’s not good. I was relieved that I was sharing my half with someone else, because it would have been torture to drink an entire serving by myself. I like big beers, but this wasn’t a success.