Beersiveknown (3008) - 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 (6290) - 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 (204) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.