madmitch76 (14454) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
10th July 2012
Chelmsford Beer Festival. Opaque black brown beer. Decent bubbly tan head. Light dry palate. Rich dark malt with a little roast - pretty subtle. Mild coffee. Unsweet dark chocolate. Lovely berry fruits provide great counterbalance. Red berry fruits, black berry fruits - rich, tangy and juicy. I presume these fruits coming from the Port. Finishes dry. Not tasted a better Port Stout than this. Really nice fruits.
cgarvieuk (14059) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at home ... oh looks perfect ... deep black ... nice solid tan brown head ... soft mellow toffee chocolate roast nose... soft chocolate ... ligth toffeee ...little charcoal coffee ... quite mellow but a bit thin, give then another 2% abv and it would be stunning as is nice but a little lack luster
Theydon_Bois (7938) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on the train to Edinburgh (from Bitter Virtue) 08/12/12.
Mid black with a big dirty coffee head that thins but retains well.
Nose is roast malts, dark toffee, touch of booze, molasses, dark fruits, wood, port.
Tastes comprises roast malt, some hop presence, barley, touch of smoke, berry fruits, light mineral tones.
Medium bodied with bite, soft carbonation, bitter roast in the dry finish.
Really good drop!
Scopey (6284) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask Gravity at The Hope ’Living is Easy’ Beer Fest. It pours jet black, with a thick beige head. The nose is roasted malt, smoke, spice, cocoa powder, leather and a hint of dark fruit. The taste is roasted malt, charcoal, dark fruit, port/vinous, wood, coffee, touch of tanginess, pepper, bitter chocolate and cola. Pretty full body (for the percentage) and soft carbonation. Full flavour, well balanced and damn-right delicious. Great stuff!
downender (6164) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2012 Cask-conditioned at the Three Tuns, Bristol 23/07/2012. Near black with a hint of red and frothy tan head. Bitter chocolate aroma with some blackcurrant lurking in the background and toasty malts. Flavour had plenty more fruit and chocolate, leading to a lingering, dryish finish with some vaguely vinous warmth. Excellent, Arbor have always brewed their dark beers well.
deanso (5077) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle courtesy of and shared with JMGreenUK.
Reasonable creamy tan head. Clear black pour. A nice smooth stout.
kermis (4793) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared from John. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
jmgreenuk (4078) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spitoons. Dark mahogany pour with a thin tan head. Big malty liquorice aroma with liquorice notes leading to a big malty bitter liquorice flavour. A very flavourful ale.
johndoughty (3880) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a small head. Port flavours are present give a wine like flavour. Nothing outstanding but still worth trying.
tommann (2622) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pours black with a medium head. Aroma is dry roast, yeasty, meaty, some chocolate and dark fruits. Taste has fruity coffee to start and a coffee chocolate finish. Smooth.