justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2011
275ml bottle conditioned bottle at home. Pours black / very dark ruby red with a thin but sustained cafe au lait head. The aroma is bitter and smokey with cakey pudding fruits with pine overtones. Palate is rich and velvetty but not cloying at first becomming oilier as it warms and develops in the glass. Initial taste of figs, raisins and fruit and nut milk chocolate with a sharp hit of cherries when cool. This mellows into faint woodsmoke. Like sitting by the fire of a country in on a winters day watching the snow fall outside. As it warms the flavours become bitter and darker and it developsa port-like character with thehigh alcohol level becomming more apparent. I think that I slightly over-chilled this initially but I’m glad I did as the way the flavours developed over an hour or so was wonderful to experience. Ungstrup (37330) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2011
Bottled. A black beer witth a brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, tar, soy sauce, and tobaccon. The flavor is sweet wtih notes of malt, soy sauce, alcohol, and tobacco, leading to a dry roasted finish, that burns in the throat. FatPhil (15975) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 14, 2011
275ml bottle (Bishops Stortford BF2011)oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2011
7 Yeasty aroma, quite burnt.
4+ Very dark, lovely dark head too.
7- A bit alcoholic in the mouth. Rich roasty malt, a bit yeasty and marmitey.
3 Nice and full in the mouth, but a very alcoholic finish.
13 At its best, this is lovely, but alas the alcohol is too big a component.
Bottled (shared by tdtm82 at Stortford Beer fest, thanks Thomas!). Pitch black colour (or close to), mediumsized beige head. Aroma is liquorice, some roasted, toasted and malty notes. Flavour is roasted malts, liquorice, tobacco and some slight hoppy notes as well. Mild ashes in the finish. Atleast this bottle tasted more like an imperial stout than a barley wine... chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2011
275ml bottle from Pigs Ear Beer Festival, day 3 on 2 December 2010. Best before 28 February 2012. Very dark red/brown colour. Some butterscotch in the aroma. Otherwise OK, with some chewy toffee and plummy fruit notes.
fonefan (48790) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2010
Clear dark brown color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, burnt caramel, toffee. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, licorice candy (lakrids konfekt). Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.