duff (5486) - 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 (740) - 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 (5926) - 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 (19553) - 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.