77ships (9834) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2012
Cask @ Borefts 2012 - dark with a small mocha head - nose is wow - there is so much honey in there, crazy, thick, sweet, mocha, roast, chocolate but the honey is so heavy that it is difficult to pick out other scents but damn this is fine stuff - taste pure, really thick honey with some dark malts chocolate, roast, sweet mocha, licorice, light bitterness in the back, there is such unison with the honey and the rest even if the honey is really heavy - impressive. jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a very thick pitch black whit lovely dark tan head. Looks insane. Nose is smoky oak, sweetness from the heather honey, a little bit of coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is incredibly full, such a rich beer. Taste is upfront with espresso like coffee, powdered chocolate, heather honey and maybe some dark fruit. What a great beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone zacgillbanks (5188) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. This is an inky black beer that pours with a quickly disappearing brown head. It has very rich chocolate, coffee and smoked flavours, sweet honey notes and more smoked malt on the finish. SUPERB! MaartenRF10 (1950) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2012
Draft @ BBF’12Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2012
One of the positive surprises of the festival! Very dark brown. Brown head. Very nice complexity with roasted malts, heather honey, barrel notes. Nice oily body and good carbonation.
Cask at Borefts 2012. Black with a thin brown head. Notes of oak, tobacco, smoke and chocolate can’t prepare me for the taste, which is a gorgeous sweet blend of honey and chocolate fudge that just seems to keep ascending in lusciousness as it slides down the throat. Deserves the score for the way it seamlessly works that elegantly simple combination into a higher art.
Beersiveknown (5284) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle @ home from the brewerymaneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2013
Pours impenetrable black with a fluffy tan head and rich, floral honey nose redolent of original bracia’s aroma. On swirling the honey is displaced and scents of roast barley, chocolate and aniseed appear. In the mouth its initially thick and roast coffee up front, followed by a thining, warming alcohol, red berries, some paper and red berry notes from the cask aging, sweetness I’d attribute to the pedro ximinez and a dry finish. All in All an excellent beer that perhaps is lacking in body at finish.
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a dirty tan head leaving superb lacing. Looks mighty fine. Nose shows sweet and thick honey, leather, molasses, chocolate. Taste is meaty stuff. Sweetness from the honey never takes over. Heavy dark fruits and chocolate, with a focus on raisins. Quite tarty from some berries with some sticky sweet honey. Drinks superbly for 10%. Great beer jamesie1857 (2151) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2014
500ml bottle from Archer Road Beer Stop - Deep thick black body, thick tan head. Luxurious nose of honey hits you straight away (and I’m not a fan) coupled with a smoky tobacco and roasted coffee aroma. A rich bitter chocolate and liquorice taste follows, with a slight hint of burnt gorse. Only let down is it is a little bit thin in the mouth, but that’s a small price to pay. Excellent boozy stout. jonno (2771) - JAPAN - FEB 27, 2014
Very rich, full but above all balanced IRS. Good roast, nice sweet chocolate and fruit of the forest notes. Comes together very nicely. shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle. Aroma of honey, raisins, dark fruit. Taste is honey balanced with boozy roastiness. Rich, chocolate. Nutty, oaky. Bit of coconut. Damn good.