knickskicks (1168) - - JUL 20, 2012
2009 vintage. Pours jet black, no head. Aroma is a box of dark chocolate covered raisins, wood, leather. Taste is dark chocolate covered raspberries, vanilla, chilies in the finish. Drinks as smooth as satin. God bless this brewery. dreamflower (794) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle shared with northropfrye. This is an absolutely fabulous beer. Pitch dark, with lots of woody bourbon aroma and lots of sweet flavour. One of my favourites! SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Aromas of chocolate, christmas pudding, bread, raisin, black cola like body hazy with a thin head, flavours of christmas pudding, plums, raisins, full body, thick feel. this is the best. glengroudle (1) - - AUG 18, 2014 does not count
I admit to being a fan of strong dark beers and this is the tops, Never, never, never drink this masterpiece chilled, drink at room temperature. For complete enjoyment, pour slowly into large jug in one pour leaving sediment behind, I know it will be hard but leave it for an hour, then pour into bulbous glass, I often use a Douglas Scotch Ale thistle glass. ENJOY. It may of course be kept for up to 10 years, can you leave it that long ??? rood (93) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2015
2012 bottle. Pours thick. In aroma a lot of cacao, brown sugar, muscovado. In taste beautiful sweet cacao, nice bitter from the black malts but like in a good espresso bitter, muscovado, minerals, salty, and a beautiful earthy flavour. No barrel effect perceived. The beer is beautifully balanced. Very very nice in palate, nice balance between sweet, salt, bitter and velvet mouthfeel. One of the best RIS I’ve drank ever ever.
Thanks berntholer for sharing this great one.
Davros IX (678) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2017
2011 vintage bottle on Christmas Day. This was like no beer I have drunk before. It looked beautiful and had a thick, oily, long lasting and pleasing mouth feel. The alcohol was forward, but in a good way. The flavours were malt, coffee, tar, chocolate, whiskey, port and brandy. Every sip was a different flavour, with a foundation of a velvet texture. A very long finish in my mouth. Yes, probably the best beer I have ever drunk in my life and it deserves that top score.