DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2014
330ml bottle at The New Penguin. Pitch with a loose marbled tan head. Meaty smoked mackerel bourbon nose with burnt custard, blackberry and well-scorched oak. Brilliant incinerated blackberry crumble and custard flavour sweet with oak and bitter with roast. Beautifully smoked Bamberg Bacon, pecan and flamed toffee afters. Genius. Leighton (21296) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2013
Keg at the Tap East Birthday Bash - Stratford, London. Pours dark brown with a fine, beige foam head. The nose has lots of toasty malts and vanilla. Medium sweet flavor with more vanilla, light chocolate, mellow roasted malts, some dark fruits. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Superb balance on the finish, some light dry and burnt wood, chocolate, dry vanilla. Just excellent balance overall. Wonderfully drinkable and nicely nuanced. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2013
8th November 2013Idiosynkrasie (7535) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2014
Tap East Birthday Bash. Keg. Opaque black beer with a small pale tan head. Smooth palate with light fine carbonation. Lovely smooth dark malts. No roast or bitterness. Mild dark fruits. Nice coconut and super smooth bourbon. No bourbon spice. Finishes lightly crisp. Superbly integrated and very drinkable.
330ml bottle [7.4% abv as per label]. Jet black colour with late awakening, small, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, tan head. Dark malty aroma with hints of oak, leather, a touch of treacle, vanilla, very cautious hints of mustard and freshly compounded concrete. Taste is slightly dry, subtle dark malty sweetness, notes of treacle, vanilla, oak, leather; oily texture, unbelievably smooth, soft, silky and slightly sticky palate. Man! F***ing awesome! Rich like an Impy Stout, comparatively easy drinkable, and so charmingly soft without being flat - excellent! jc1762 (1436) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Pours opaque black, nice and thick. Small head develops but relatively calm.
The nose shows some smoke and hints of wood from the barrel.
The palate is lightly carbonated but mostly thick and extremely smooth. A lot of smoky flavor but also a great sweetness that appears very reminiscent of adzuki red beans. Reminds a lot less of its original breakfast stout identity unlike the Jim Beam Barrel aged Broken Dream. But stands on its own differing from the others.
CraftBeerNick (2564) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle at home, 23rd December 13. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Pours a black drink with a slight elegant head. Taste is so smooth, rich and well balanced, coffee, chocolate a little molasses and bourbon, some vanilla notes. Excellent to sip by the fire teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 23, 2013
Keg at Tap East Anniversary Party. It pours deep black with basically no head. Aroma is roasted matls with cocoa and whisky. Taste is again quite sweet with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wood, roastiness and alcohol. Good and well rounded. fishingcat (11) - Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2014 Aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, some coffee and a little spice. Pours very deep dark brown with no head whatsoever. Palate is totally smooth, with no perceivable alcohol presence. Flavor is initially that of a malty breakfast stout, soon turning to a sweet okay mid taste with vanilla, banana and chocolate. After taste is more woody with slight bourbon spice present.
A superb beer, taking all the best of barrel aging and adds it to an already strong breakfast stout. lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 2, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with a small creamy head. Aroma of sweet bourbon notes, some mild berryish notes and chocolate. Flavour is very smooth with roasted malts, vanilla, milk, strong sweet bourbon, biscuit and chocolate. Medium bodied, very smooth and soft mouthfeel with soft carbonation. For someone who hasn’t tasted any barrel aged beers this would be a great introduction. Very smooth and easy, not very complex, but the barrel is well presented. And yes, I like Jim Beam. olio (10289) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
33 cl bottle.
Pours gorgeous black color with a large, thick beige head. Aroma is just bursting with vanilla and roasted malts, faint tar notes, dark chocolate and some licorice also. The aroma is simply amazing. Almost creamy smooth palate from all the vanilla and chocolate on the flavor, some distant port notes on the background, toasty malts with caramel and subtle tar. Medium carbonation, smooth as silk with a very deceptively high drinkability. An excellent dessert stout.