imdownthepub (14745) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2017 Theydon_Bois (19718) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, - FEB 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at ChrisO Snow tasting, thanks to Chris, 20/01/13.
Extremely dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head.
Nose carries dark malts, dark fruits, light sugars, molasses, touch of booze.
Taste comprises dark fruits, booze, raisens, dark malt, figs, molasses, spice.
Full bodied, soft carbonation, boozey finish.
Decent enough stuff.
Bottled, 330ml, aged 8yrs (2009 version from the bottle), from Merton Beer Festival, Merton, Oxon. Inky black with beige head. Deep, heavily roasted malt from the start, quite like a deep Bordeaux in fruitiness, smooth but also tarry, liquorice. The beer is heavy on the palate throughout, leathery with a blackcurrant hint. A very decent beer indeed. OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
Very nice. Rich dark intense likely beer... Works recommend to anytime to anytime. Try it Stuu666 (13631) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, Silky smooth, roasted malts, chocolate, high alcohol taste. allmyvinyl (10694) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2014
275ml bottle from Beers auf Europe. Jet black pour, big tan head. Aromas are liquorice, leather, tar, pipe tobacco, hint of dark chocolate. Taste is sweet, more tar and liquorice. Burnt notes, but good. Warming smooth booze hint. Rich, creamy texture. Long finish. Nice. jamesie1857 (2186) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2014
275ml bottle from Beer Hawk - Dark black brown body with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted, chocolate malt, dark dried fruit, liquorice. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with dark dried fruit, liquorice. Nice oily body makes this a very nice one.
The_Osprey (8183) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2014
Vintage 2009 #168. Exactly 5 years old. Poured into a snifter. Thinnish pour, forms a black beer with no head. Smell - liquorice, bread, alcohol, brandy, musty chocolate that’s been left out for a while. Body - smooth, medium to light body, carbonation is low. Taste - chocolate and plastic up front, background yeast, coffee and smoke. I’m not getting any of the alcohol that was present in the aroma. All very smooth. Very good. Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Appearance: Black with thin tan head.
Aroma: Liquorice, prune, vinous and a hint of treacle.
Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitterness and low sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium body, average carbonation, lingering astringent, liquorice and treacle finish with alcohol warmth.
Comments: Very good. This rating is for the bottled version 9.3%ABV. kraddel (8323) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2013
bottle thnx to the brewer
pours black, good grey head
smell is bitter ( chocolate ? )
very good, heavy yet balanced, elegant taste
roasted malts, chocolate, bit coffee, bit bitter , very drinkable, good carbo . reminding at black albert, , but more elegant . jackl (8211) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle @ Croydonia. The pour’s deep brown with a small head. The nose is cocoa, toffee, christmas cake. Some creme brulee. The taste is similar - cocoa, caramel bright chocolate sweetness. Just a touch of red berry tang on the finish. Medium body, fine carbonation. Decent. Cuso (8717) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2013
Botlle courtesy of Scopey as part of European local swap II. Production date January 2009. Bottle No 1480. Almost black colored beer with small beige head. Roasty aroma with coffee, cocoa bones, vanilla, alcohol, lot of alcohol. Taste, roasted malt, coffee dark chocolate, plums, licorice, ash, wet wood. Strong coffee bitter, alcoholic finish. Tasty beer, however little bit boozy.