FatPhil (9406) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 Cask (Live and Let Live, Cambridge)
Basically black, creamy beige head. Chocolate burnt malt aroma. Smooth and mellow thick grainy roasted malt taste - decent chocolate component, some liquorice, but not sticking out abruptly at all. Must agree with the session stout comment.
berkshirejohn (4587) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Old Manor House (JDW), Bracknell. Black with a cream head; chocolate aroma; creamy chocolate flavour with some coffee and some nuts; strongly bitter to finish. An excellent stout.
KnutAlbert (6136) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, Wetherspoon’s, Hammersmith.
Nice smoothe stout with a grainy feeling on the tongue as well as a nice flavour of roasted malt. A fine session stout. A little coffee, a little liquorice.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Counting House. Aroma is heavily roasted malt, liquirce with hints of tart fruit. Taste is burnt tar, liqurice, tart fruit, burnt toast. All far to much and just aiming to get as roasty as possible without any possibility of drinkability. I had a few sips then gave up. In excellent condition.
Beese (1923) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! I thought this was one of the best beers I’ve had rescently. It looks great, pretty much pitch black, with a small amount of brown, creamy head. A really nice, burnt aroma as well as some chocolatey hints. A great coffee taste that’s really quite powerful followed by very burnt malts and then a bitter dark chocolate taste on the after. The after-taste stuck with me for hours! Amazing beer!
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 Cask, Far From The Madding Crowd. Brown highlighted black, dense tawny brown head. Lovely, bottomless depth of soft caramel and milk chocolate; buttery, but very complimentary here. Flavor is much less sweet than the aroma would indicate. A far more restrained caramel flavor, earthy coffee, and sour dark chocolate. Silky on the palate. A lovely, welcoming beer. (Re-rate: Not going to kill my previous rating, but just had this again at FFTMC, and what a completely different experience. Nose was smoke, bananas, bubblegum and instant coffee. Smoke and brown bread flavor with more bananas. Not much depth or interest. 6/3/5/2 11. Wonder if the recipe has changed or this was just an old cask?) (One more rating update here as of 15/5/08: Again at FFTMC. Got to comment on just how amazing the mouthfeel of this is for a 4.5% beer. Bass P2, at 8%, had less sliky fullness than this little beauty.)
harrisoni (13848) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask gravity at Planet Thanet BF 2007. Had this in error as the guy behind the counter poured me the wrong beer, but even so this had plenty of malt to keep it going. Very roasted malts, bit powdery in mouth, intense flavours, some dark fruit. Powdery, dry finish.
RichardGretton (4260) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask@Leicester Beer Festival 2007. Black beer with a light head. The aroma is lightly coffee and the flavour is coffee and dry. Overall a milky slightly dry beer.
woodgnome (12) - ENGLAND - APR 11, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at Cambridge Winter Beer Festival. Roast coffee-ish stout. Thin off-white head, grainy mouthfeel.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate:
Gravicask @ Planet Thanet. My final beer of what was an excellent festival. Decent stout but let down a little by a very slightly watery palate. Other than that it has all the roasty coffee and dark chocolate with a delicate sourness on the finish.