84 / 100
Can given to me by Jez for my birthday, reviewed in Winter sometime, I just remember it was a good day for it.
Pours a dark reddish-tinged brown, clear body. Head is nice and voluminous, beige colour with a nice medium density. Sinks to a decent crown with some trails of thin lacing around. Pretty nice looking porter.
Smells nice. Big coconut aroma with a real nutty coconut flesh kind of character; touch of milk and some slight cocoa notes giving a touch of bitter chocolate. But yeah mostly nice sweet coconut. Really pleasant fragrance.
Taste is yeah more of that coconutty goddness. That's actually quite impressive; I've had beers with coconut added but this is full on with that sweet, milky and nutty flesh flavour. Starts on the front, gets stronger midway and finishes sweet, maybe slight lactose character there as well, with some noticeable but unobtrusive chocolate roastiness as well, with a very subtle bitterness on the very end. That's a really very tasty dessert beer; nutty enough to take the edge off the sweetness, with a very pleasant overall coconut character. If you're not a fan of coconut it wouldn't be a great beer, because it's maybe a touch one note, but I'm definitely a fan. Not only do I like coconut but I think this is a rich and complex depth of coconut flavour, and I'm impressed.
Decent malt stickiness, maybe a little thin as it goes down and some subtle alcohol warmth that maybe shouldn't be there.
That's a very tasty impressive coconut-centric beer, really nice sweetness to it and a subtle but noticeable roasty malt base just to allow the sweetness to shine through more brightly without going overboard.
70 / 100
Can bought by Jez for my birthday, drunk by myself, because I rule. Actually maybe I shared it with Chris, thinking about it. I think I may have. He doesn't rule as much as me but he's acceptable company.
Pours a dark brown colour, yeah pretty damn dark. Head is ochre, decent when poured but sinks to a thin rim. Lacing is something else though. Thick and clingy. Looks standard but good.
Smells bourbony. Boozey, with vanilla oak and a touch of coconut. Chocolate behind it with some roasty bitterness as well. But yeah, largely boozey and sweet.
Taste is roasty and fairly bitter. Has a big swell of roasty grain throughout the front and mid, with chocolate on it as well. Bourbon comes through mid-palate, quite sweet with vanilla and coconut characters, the latter of which really comes through towards the back and really makes it sweet and pleasant towards the back. Quite dark, fairly chocolate and bitter for a while but then sweet and boozey on the back. Pretty much what you'd expect, and it's a bit booze-flavoured which does'nt quite elevate beyond the base beer. But it's good.
Smooth, velvety, but distinctly hot and sharp on the back.
Nice stout, smooth and sweet but boozey and hot at times and not any more than the sum of its parts.
Pours an orangey colour, quite vibrant with a bit of haze to it. Head is white, decent when poured, thin crown after a while. Decent lace left behind. Looks pretty good.
Pleasant and hoppy on the nose. West Coast American style with citrus note but nice touch of passion and mango as well. Not a lot of malt pervading; it's all hops really, but still nice, tangy hops. My kind of smell, really.
Taste has an odd, and oddly strong biscuity malt character. Lots of hops from the get-go - large upfront but then re-emerging midway, but in the midst this leviathan of malt emerges with caramel and bready notes, some rye grain and just biscuit crumbs. Finishes hoppy, lots of citrus with some melon, apricot and a piquant green pepper as well. Not a bad palate, but the hops are sort of there as tokenistic flavour additions, and don't quite add very much to the overall effect. Almost as if they're "there if you want them".
Bit sharp front-to-mid, OK late-mid feel but then the hop acids are really noticeable on the finish. Not bad for the style though.
A good big IPA, but not quite enough meshing between the malt and hops for my liking.
76 / 100
Pours a burnished amber colour, clear with off-white head. Dense but not resilient, sinks to leave a thin film of yellowed lace. Nice-looking, but the elements aren't in any 'wow' stratum.
Smells very nice, quite malty but a goodly amount of hop character to it as well. Caramel and toffee underlying with a strong metallic character but also plenty of lemon, honey and macadamia nuts. All in good balance for sweet but tangy overall aroma. Very nice.
Taste is tangy from the get-go. Front assault is quite citric, with hop resins and ale esters competing for fruity supremacy. Mellows out in the middle, where there's a slight flavour gap, then the finish is lovely and rich, with some burnt sugar, hop oils and peanut brittle. Hint of lemon myrtle and black wattle, and a slight touch of red box honey. Maybe a bit heavy on the tang, and could have amped up the rich maltiness early on. Good, though.
Not as full as it could have been, but textured and slightly bitty as it goes through; not bad.
A rich and well-layered palate, for quite a big flavour, but all pleasant enough to keep you drinking.
Pours a dark red-amber, fairly murky but with a bejewelled aspect up to the light. Head is disappointingly non-existent, with some whisps of ochre lace around. Looks alright, but nothing special certainly.
Nose is incredibly sweet, lots of fruit and brown sugar on it. A fruit pudding smell really, sultanas, dried apricot, molasses and raisins all making an appearance. Not much else to it, just really malty and sweet. But pretty apt for the style.
Taste has a very medicinal flavour on the very front, slightly cherry in aspect that then turns very sweet indeed, with sultanas and glacé fruits all swimming in a big flavour pool of brown sugar. Some slight dark notes, maybe some cocoa in there, but yeah it's just a really big treacle pudding here, with a thick syrupy mouthfeel. Slight kiss of alcohol warmth, but mostly just sweet and candied all over the palate. Nice, and interesting, but not amazing.
Not a bad brew, could have used a few more of those darker notes, but it's an enjoyable malty beer overall.
81 / 100
Pours a dark colour, almost pitch-black. Slight hint of brown up to direct light. Head is not beige, or ochre, but brown. Bronzey sort of brown. Very dense, bubbles pop here and there but it's sticking around, about an inch thick. Leaves some nice spidery trails of lace. Very nice.
Nose, look, has huge darkness in there, but somehow doesn't reach the depths of the abyss. A large amount of dark chocolate, but yeah, mostly spice, huge peppery sensation and a lot of liqueur notes. But wow, smelling deeply makes my eyes water. It smells strong, more than anything, like a good cognac. But very pleasant.
Taste is surprisingly palatable. Strong, yes, but starts like dark chocolate and has notes of raisin in there and some blood plum, then gets very alcoholic towards the end, spicy and phenolic with black pepper notes and a lot of vinous flavours, oak and burgundy, some rum, yeah. Definite noticeable alcohol, but it comes through full of flavour, it's all roasty and alcoholic at the same time. Really, really good flavour. This is the sort of beer I adore. Strong like a cock, but flavoursome as a minge. I tasted this blind, was stunned to find out this came from a can.
Thick feel, makes your mouth very sensitive though, with its harsh alcohol. Huge amount of body to it, just a bit harsh.
Couldn't drink it every day, but a damn fine drop.