planky84 (2744) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the 2015 National Winter Ales Festival, The Roundhouse, Derby. Chestnut coloured pour with a light beige head. Dark fruit and roasted malt aroma which segues into the flavour. Malt heavy finish.
leaparsons (9605) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, NWAF 2015. Dark ruby brown with a beige head. Aromas are very plummy with damson and earthy dark malts. Gritty chocolate with hints of liquorice. Flavours are herbal, leafy and sweet with liquorice. Very plummy with a roasted coffee body. Nice.
madmitch76 (21227) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4th December 2014
Pigs Ear. Cask. Clear deep red - brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is dry with mild fine carbonation. Smooth dry malts, rich but not sweet toffee. Floral bitterness. Modest plum, only noticeable on the back end. Bitterish linger. Okay.
cgarvieuk (20430) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the pigs ear... Deep black.. Thin tan lacing... Soft musty chocolate roast malts nose... Soft chocolate.. Dry roast... Big dry bitter plum..
Beersiveknown (4918) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUN 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home from grape&grind
Pours hazy dark mahogany with fluffy beige head collapsing to lacing. Slightly fruity but mostly toasty grain notes on aroma. Medium body, light on carbonation, dry and roasty barley. Hard work...more stout than porter
downender (7759) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Corks of Cotham. Dark, ruddy brown with a decent, off-white head. Aroma of coffee, with a hint of port warmth and leafy hops. Light mouth feel, with some dark berry fruits and toasty malts, before a rich, slightly bitter finish with more port evident.
leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2015 Initial Rating Date: 11/21/2013 5:07:11 AM
Very promising aroma and appearance, good tan fine head and very deep near black brown. Definitely a rich sense of the port in the nose with other burnt aromas such as coffee / chocolate. Refreshing (the bottle got cold) with well balanced burnt, smoky flavours. A good mild to medium level of carbonation and a little watery perhaps but this does compliment the lighter fruitiness present here. A real game changer for Ashley Down Brewery in my mind.
Somewhat acrid/acidic aroma with background hints of wood, fruity alcohol, plums and roasted malt. Perhaps a little lighter than before. The mouthfeel is also thinner but still smooth and silky. There are good roast and plum flavours however there is quite a tart note which doesn’t seem like it should really be there. Otherwise a creamy sensatioin and roasty fruit flavours are nice, just a shame about the acidity, presumably due to the harvest this year or perhaps more plums were used, as the plum flavour is quite significant.