berkshirejohn (5395) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark mahogany colour with a thick caramel coloured head; typical chocolate malt aroma; sweet at first but balanced with a bittterness like that found in dark chocolate or cinder toffee. Satisfying but not outstanding.
Fin (8700) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 500ml. Dark brown with slight hint of red, off white head some dark chocolate aromas which also were in the flavour some roastiness there with malts prevalent, this was’nt bad just nothing earth shattering.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark deep red with a thin off-white head, taste is of faint chocolate and red fruits but in saying that nothing to write home about an average beer.
DruncanVeasey (7882) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enticing waft of claret and milk chocolate. Filthy tan head atop a coke-like body. vanishing quickly. Chocolate sweetness and a finishing coffee-like smokiness. A generous slug of fruity booze. Pleasant enough, but makes me long for stickier, more decadent Belgians.
imdownthepub (11947) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml. Dark brown with red hue, short lasting head. Thinner than expected with a restrained mix of flavour. There is some sharp nuttiness with an earthy dark roasted malt note, but there is also a metallic note going on. Fruity at the finish, quite short, quite drying. Overall a beer thats reasonable, just not great.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 22, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from the bottle, a rich black colour with a frothy brown head. A roasted malt aroma, though a bit metallic. A light mouthfeel with a good bitterness. The finish leaves a roasted malt flavour after the fruity hops at the front of the mouth. OK, but a little too much carbonation and that metallic-ness in teh background.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma seems a bit bland to start with however becomes smokey and maybe liquice. Taste is a bit fuller with the roasted malt having pritty much all the say, but you get a hint of grassy hops also.
scotty (1107) - SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely dark body, the off-white head leaves a good lacework. Rich roasted malt nose with some fruit and spicy hops,a big,almost crunchy, roasted malt palate dominates, but a nice acidity comes in on the finish. A very satisfying brew.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (from Asda). Some fruit and roast aromas. Body is thin with excessive carbonation and unattractive acidic flavour.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle from Asda. Stronger than Shep’s own porter. It would be interesting to compare the two but its not really fair to set a pasteurised bottled porter to a fresh cask one. Very dark reddish brown colour. Roasty aroma with lots of licorice. Dry, toasty malt on the palate with a gentle bitterness and a sweet edge. There’s a hint of cocoa powder in there too. Quite nice balance. Decent enough, but fails to excite.