AndrewC (376) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle conditioned. Black in colour with a good thick uneven head. Smells slightly of elderberries. Great roasted, smoked, tar body with a soft mouth feel. Hints of blackberries and elderberries. Hint of oyster and oily too. Nice dark berry bitter bite on the end. If I didn’t know, I’d say it was 4.5% ABV. An absolute bloody cracking beer. Leighton (21255) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2011
Bottle with Nick at his place in London (closet-cellared for about eight or nine months). Pours dark brown with a medium, off-white head. Roasted cocoa and malts on the nose, some chalky chocolate. Very sweet flavor, cocoa and chocolate malts, some dry roast and mild chocolate syrup. Medium in body with fine carbonation. Warmish finish with more roasted malts, cocoa, some dark and lightly burnt brown sugar, burnt malts. Great beer. thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2010
Black pour with light coming in around the edges when held up. dense, creamy, root beer head that pops up in the center and has lasted until the very end and left some great lacing.
Smells a bit of chocolate but mostly of roasty malts with a bit of coffee as well. The taste is much of the same but more pronounced than the aroma would have indicated. More coffee towards the end and a hint of vanilla throughout. Very robust and EXTREMELY smooth, absolutely perfect carbonation. Roasted coffee slightly bitter flavors towards the end but nothing that lasts and left the palate surprisingly clean. Such a nice beer and the best I have had from this fairly new London Brewery.
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle from Kris Wines. Black with a creamy tan head. Roasted coffee aroma with hints of vanilla. Chocolate, roasted coffee, softening vanilla flavours. Smooth as silk. Nice one. harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
Bottle at ChrisO "I’m Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Very very dark brown. Lasting beige head. Lovely roast, I mean really roasted. I love it. Really good hard roast. Touch of sour on finish.
planky84 (3261) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2010
Bottle from Utobeer Market Stall. Black pour with a beige head. Coffee, chocolate, smoke and cinnamon nose. Coffee very prominent in the nose. Chocolate, smoky aromas with a light bitterness. Dry, roasty finish. joergen (28142) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle in a hotel room in London.
Hazy red brown coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, dried fruits and liquorice.
Sweet and roated flavour of liquorice, dark chocolate and hops.
Roasted finish. KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2010
Dark mahogany with a medium beige head. Aroma had fairly hard roasted malt, english liqeurice and coffee. Flavor had hard roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and english liquerice. Finished sweet. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2011
[email protected]maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2011
"rock the roof down" pre-gbbf shinding. Deep brown colour, close to black, with a long lasting creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, some ashy notes as well as mild dark fruits and chocolate as well. Flaour is strong roasted notes, some mild chocolate, ashes as well as some hoppyness in the finish as well.
Bottled. A black beer with an off-white head. The aroma has licquorice and a little lactose. Salty licquorice and light roasty malts in the mouth. Some blackberry juiciness throughout. A nice and robust beer although I found it a little challenging.