Scopey (16227) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2018 leaparsons (10859) - Wigston, Leicestershire, - JUL 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a thin beige foam. Aromas are coffee and molasses with raisins and Xmas pudding. Nutty alcohol with dark berries and a light smokiness. Floral notes with spices. Flavours are sweet molasses with dark chocolate and vinous and plummy fruits. Woody with a spicy, boozy finish. Good.
Bottle at LKS - big thanks to Ken! It pours opaque deep red - brown with a medium beige head. The aroma is earthy, sweet, sticky, toffee, oily, raisin, treacle, toasted brown sugars and glace cherry. The taste is soft, sweet, sticky, oily, toasty sugars, Turkish Delight, toffee, candied fruit, tangy, jammy, currant, fruit cake, After Eights and light alcohol warmth on the back-end. Medium body and fine carbonation. Plenty going on. Good fun. The_Osprey (9670) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2018
December 2017 - Tasting in Hackney. Bottle shared with big thanks to Kenny. As 'Hardknott Granite 2011', 9.5%, #51/876. Dark brown with a red hue, foamy light brown head. Aroma is chocolate sauce, vanilla and molasses. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is unexpectedly minty, After Eights, sugary, boiled sweets, more mint sweets. Has spun off in an interesting direction. (7-4-6-3-15=3.5) mR_fr0g (13978) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2017
Bottle shared at Leighton's place at the Ktwse tasting, 12/12/2017. Thanks! A clear mahogany brown coloured pour with a loose beige head. Aroma is semi sweet, woody grapey, woody, soft roast, chocolate. Flavour is composed of grapey tangy fruit, woody roast, cakey malts, nice minty malts. Palate is semi sweet, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, . Ok tangy finish. MrTipple (6952) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2017
12Dec2017 Rich, dark chocolate, cacao, dark molasses, dark pralines, sweet coffee, light mint. Hazy brown, tiny, creamy, beige head. Light bitter. More chocolate mint, bitter, burnt, dark malts, bitter straw, sour, dark fruits, soft carbonation, full bodied Decent. Bottle shared at Leighton's - thanks to madmitch76! Leighton (22773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2017
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Kenny. Pours rich ruby-brown with a foamy, tan head. The aroma holds aged caramel, leathery berries, hints of butterscotch. Medium sweet flavour with meaty, well toasted malts, some oxidation, lightly tangy dried berries, dates. Medium to full bodied, oily and chewy, with fine carbonation. Warming finish with further berry tang, some toasted caramel, earthy bitterness. Has aged OK.
Ktwse (5667) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2017
Pours deep dark brown with low tan head. Aroma of peats, smoke, roasty malt. Taste is tart, cherries, roasty chocolate. Funky. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation. zimbo (980) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2016
Very sweet almost confected nose on first opening which does reduce over a prolonged period of time. Rich dark glossy oak brown colour with light tan head. Confected sweet candy and sour on the palate which greatly reduces with time leading into a rich oaky woody smoothnes before ending with some sappy rich cherry& dark chocolate.
The rewards of cellaring.
AshtonMcCobb (7027) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Thank you James, bottle 455 out of 876.
Appearance - deep opaque black, with a thin fawn head, but this definitely hangs around.
Nose - intense treacle, molasses and charcoal notes.
Taste - black jack sweets, molasses again. Smoke at the back.
Palate - rich and full bodied with a tangy dry middle section that leads into a long, long finish.
Overall - this is altogether a much darker beer than expected for a barley wine. Should this have been under English Strong Ale. It’s a beast and a bit of a gnarly beast at that. But it grows. Stuu666 (15248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle at James’s. Pours dark brown, nose is dark fruit, caramel, taste is similar, sweet, rich, fruity. SlackerMads (3583) - DENMARK - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle. Darkest of brown with a medium sized diminishing beige head. Caramel, cocoa, wort, toasted, earthy, brown sugar, dark dried fruit, bourbon? Medium/full body, medium sweet, light acidic, light bitter, salty, oily texture, soft carbonation. Unusual and perhaps a bit unpolished, but interesting.