50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Tony. Clear brown pour with an off white head. Barrel aromas. Thin in the body with sweet malty notes and undercurrents of oak and vanilla. Theydon_Bois (20632) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle shared at Jack’s Farewell Tasting, big thanks to Bruce, 06/08/13
Extremely dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head that clears edgeward.
Nose is dark toffee, bourbon enfused wood, earthy, light roast, dark fruits.
Taste comprises dark toffee, light chocolate strains, muscovado sugar, leather, light alcohol, bourbon oak.
Full bodied, fine carbonation with a good bourbon finish.
Nice stuff - well balanced. mR_fr0g (13509) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013. Thanks to Bruce? Nose is liquorice, booze, light soy. Flavour is bold sweet mapel light roast. Caramel brown sugar colour toasty. Full body but a touch flat. alexsdad06 (10812) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
22 oz. bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a dark cola brown color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor has roasted malt, dark chocolate, barrel notes, caramel, some earthy bitterness and some booze. The only negative is the medium light body. I would like to see this a bit more full bodied. Scopey (15704) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle at Jack’s farewell tasting, big thanks to Bruce! It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is roasty, earth, juicy, toast, vanilla, coconut, fudge and toffee. The taste is smooth, roasted malt, coffee, light toast, warming alcohol, fudge, earth, raisin and chocolate with a dry, roasty finish. Full body, fine carbonation and slick mouth-feel. Smooth, well-balanced and very drinkable. Good work!
planky84 (3429) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle at Chris O’s pre-GBBF shindig, 2013. Dark, reddish-brown pour. Licorice toffee, chocolate, caramel and toffee aroma. Nice nose. Dark chocolate and licorice flavour. Rich, thick taste. Long, boozy finish. Nice. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle shared at Dan’s Birthday Tasting (Lyons, IL). Pours a richer blackish pour, good haziness, with a nice brownish glow on the edges. A frothy tannish head is a decent size, sits around and laces ok. Aromas are gentle cocoa, toast and toffee. Some gentle spirit, oak, and vanilla. A bit sweeter and sticky. Initial is firmer, medium bodied, a touch heavier with cocoa, toffee, and toast. Decent spirit. A bit of a condensed sweeter element hangs around. Some oatmeal, black malts, some toffee and toast. Vanilla, gentle spirit. Middle is a bit fuzzy, warm and spirit driven. A bit warm, some gentle carmelization and toast, toffee, coffee roast into the backend. Some roast, toast, a bit harsher and dry, warmth as we finish. Nice beer, a bit warm. The Iced element thickens it up a bit. Nice. jackl (8423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle @ Bruce’s. The pour’s brown with a small head. The nose is raisin and chocolate. Plums. The taste is similarly sweet. Cocoa, berry, some roasted nuts. Raisin cookies. Full body, thick, soft carbonation. Quite solid. fonefan (51101) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ (chriso Pre-GBBF Shindig) by chriso - London ].
Clear dark brown black colour with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, alcohol, wood, coconuts. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft.