Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2007
Bottled. 2002 vintage. Almost black coloured. Roasty malts, oxidation, prunes, molasses and other stuff in the aroma. Sweet oaky flavour with notes of salt and dark fruits. Full bodied. Low carbonation level. Soft and pleasant. badgerben (5215) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 RBSG 2007; Rating 2300. Chris_o brought this bottle over to share. Apparently the only way to get this beer is to trek to the brewery and basically get it from the hand of the brewer himself. You are a saint for having brought this. Black color with no head. Great aroma of molasses and brown sugar. The taste… god the taste… slightly burnt and roasted malts, very salty (almost like bacon), rum and a little oak. Feels like velvet. This is probably a solid tan head away from becoming a new number one for me. The sad part is, I only had a few sips, and I’ll probably never have it again. I am going to go cry in a much inferior beer. 8/4/9/5/20highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2007
Brewed 13.11.2008; Opened 10.2.2015. In 2011, Cgarvieuk was a kind enough soul to trade two bottles of this to me. I waited forever for the right moment to final open one. Writing a brewery business plan was the time. Thanks, Craig. Jet black color with wisps of a head. Huge aroma of oak and vanilla. Very rummy with molasses notes. Pronounced alcohol, despite the age. The flavor... Merciful Odin the flavor... Strong, sweet malt. Big vanilla. Suggestive of bourbon, even though it was in virgin oak. Light chocolate. Plenty of molasses and brown sugar. Alcohol is ridiculously hidden. Hints of bitterness from barley, but this is incredibly port-like. Thick, velvety body. Some almost vinous, raw oak as it warms. This is just friggin glorious. 9/4/10/5/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Beer # 1000. Now I am God. I am the Resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Which is nice. But... um... if I’m God, where’s my omnipotence, omniscience and all the other cool stuff that comes with the gig? How come I can’t see through Jennifer Aniston’s dress and I still don’t know which horse is going to win the fifth race at Randwick? What a fucking con. As far as I can tell, I’m Beer God 297, which means we’re common as muck. Even Hindus have fewer Gods. Ah well, it may be more crowded than Mount Olympus up here in Beer Heaven, but it’s a good place to call home after all these years of supping and scribbling. I tasted this spectacular English imperial stout towards the end of a long group tasting. The drunken notes are a poor testament to the greatness of this beer, but the memory is strong. The beer was sump-oil black and gloriously thick. Scant head. Luscious, sweet aromas of cherry liqueurs, Bourneville chocolate and tokay. The silken mouthfeel coats the tongue. Spiritous in flavour like a sweet fortified wine, but superbly balanced by chocolate and rich roasted malts. Some cherry fruitiness and oak add to the complexity. At time of writing, this is simply one of the best beers I’ve tasted. Top three. To hell with wine, if I really was God, I would turn water into this. (Bottle, 2002 vintage courtesy of Duff and only Duff. Linc had nothing to do with it, whatever else you may have heard.) duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2007
Bottle. 2002 Vintage. This was big, rich and packed full of flavour. Menacing deep black appearance. Aroma is roasty, licoricey and vinous. Palate is rich, with heavy roasted malt and licorice flavours, but what really makes this beer complete is the vinous, slighty oaky flavours towards the finish. Its really carries that roasted malt flavour right through and the finish seems to last for an age. Tasty stuff. Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2007
Bottle, 2002 vintage (Sydney Summer Gathering 2007): This was a most curious beer. I am still in two minds whether it is an imperial stout or a barley wine (colour difference aside). In any case, this thick black oil was topped by a solid brown head. Swirling the glass produced some of the thickest and slowest moving legs I have seen in any drink for some time. It looked like golden syrup slowly inching its way back into the tar. In the (awesome) nose were concentrated barley-caramel soloists amid choirs of roastiness, liquorice, and a touch of rubber. In the mouth, thick, sweet barley-caramel flavours played while buttery toffee notes and tar elements nodded sagely. Simply supreme!
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2007
Pitch black, virtually no head but what head there is is a deep reddish brown. Oily and syrupy, this beer has a very thick liquorice character to it, quite resinous. I’m sure it could be used to preserve wood; it’s kind of like a consumable version of creosote. Very interesting and very intense. SilkTork (5758) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle conditioned - 2002. Rich, heady port-like aroma - faint hints of balsamic, though more inclined to malt vinegar. Slight oxidised cardboard and sherry notes. Mmm. Soft carbonation - embracing, slightly syrupy, very sweet - with returning carbonation. Attractive, soft, interesting. harrisoni (18820) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2006
275ml 2002 bottle at Pig’s Ear. Black in colour with thin tan head. Impy stout aroma, raisins, liquorice, very raisiny, bit like a fortified Muscat. Brown sugar. Dryish finish. Pretty good, but a bit cloying. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2006
Bottled - Pigs Ear BF. 2002 Vintage. A beautiful black coloured beer with a ruby hue and a great thick coffee coloured head. The aroma is massive: malty, oily, fishy, soy sauce, dark berries and alcohol. You could just sit and sniff it forever. The taste is roasty and thick. A touch of fizzy red fruit. Fish, oil, damp carpets and licquorice also. A delicious smooth beast of a beer.