Finn (4003) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The Market Porter, London Bridge 1 May 08. Coal black. A small creamy head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Complex flavor with coffee and chocolate dominating. Well rounded. Dry bitter finish.
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Half handpulled cask at Market Porter, London Bridge. Black body with little more than a lacing-head. Roasted, almost peaty, aroma followed by a comprehensive flavour of smoky grain, coffee beans and dark chocolate. Plain bitter ending. Very good mouthfeel, indeed (01.05.2008).
berkshirejohn (4381) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
<I.Cask at the Nags Head, Reading. Shiny black with a trace of tan head; milky chocolate aroma; roast coffee and chocolate flavours with a bitter chocolate finish. Very good indeed.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, Far From The Madding Crowd, Oxford. Pub absolutely heaving with Morris dancers, and having just had the various styles of Morris dancing and dancers explained that morning by Fin and Loz, it seems especially handy to be able to observe genuine Morris dancers here in the wild. I believe these are the Border Morris tradition. They seem busy tucking into pints, so I shall follow suit. Deep black, small soapy tan head. Rummy chocolate aroma. Light roast but full coffee and choclate caramel flavor. Balanced, full of flavor--excellent!
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to ang. Pours like its perhaps a little undercarbonated however this is a mastake its perfectly carbonated to a level which makes me say this is possibly the finest palate in the world. Aroma is sweet dark malts. Taste is chocolaty sweetish and well rounded, Exactly what i want from a stout really.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned @ Nags Head, Reading. Roasty
malt aromas - tending towards dry and toasty rather than richly aromatic.
In the mouth slightly richer feel with hints of choc and some berries.
Quite dry with a reasonably bitter finish. A good everday sort of stout.
Fin (7257) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 Cask at The Hop Pole pubs Easter Beer Festival, Aylesbury in the company of Loz, Chris O, Ruth, Barry, Lynn 21-03-08 Poured black with tan head. Wonderful roasty nose to this with some roasted nuts. A touch sweeter and thinner than expected but make no bones about this, this is a great stout. Good balance between dryness and sweetness, very simple. Along with Wagtail Black Shuck tried recently this is yet another case of a well done simple English stout, lovely. Had this again, this time at Reading Beer Festival 02-05-08 Once again a great beer and happy to keep this at a 3.9
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Colour is black with a tan head. Aroma is roast malts, chocolate, fruity notes. Taste is again roast malts, coffee, smooth. Full bodied with nice bitter finish.
suzquaffs (12) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from stock (Quaffs), also sample from minicask (Quaffs). Dark stout with thin tan head, smells great of roasted malts and unusually hops. Beautiful smooth feel with bitter, roasted flavours. Excellent for an English Stout with a ’Scandie’ twist. More!
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 Bottle from Quaffs. Black and tan as you would expect. Smokey roast malt, bittersweet chocolate, liquorice, berries and coffee with a hoppy note behind. Taste is similar, roasted malt, dusty cocoa, coffee and slightly orangey hops, almost like a malty Terry’s chocolate orange. Body can do with a bit of thickening and this would be on par with almost any stout out there. Big things to come from this brewery, believe...