tombyars (1204) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried this in The Esquire House, Glasgow in May 2006. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with ruby tints and a thick creamy off white head. Dark berry fruit and roast grain in the long intense aroma. Dark malts give a complex range of flavours with bramble, black cherry and rasberry which also vie with roast coffee, treacle toffee and dry liquorice. Prickle of hop resins and hazelnuts in the short aftertaste. Molasses and dates appear in the dry but sweet finish. An excellent old ale in style I thought and one of my favourites from the Batemans portfolio. Highly recommended.
cgarvieuk (10933) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2007
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
a dark browncoloured ale , with a light chocolaty taste and a bitter finish to it. with hints of coffe and chocolate
SilkTork (4898) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, WALES - JUL 17, 2006
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
<a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/95/959 Herne Bay A dark berry fruit flavoured mild with toffee sweetness edging into diactyl. Faint roasted malt notes. Nice.
bluevegie (3004) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Wetherspoons. 16/05/06. Black body with some tawny tinges and almost zero head. Some bitterness in the taste also some vegemite yeast. Thin body, dried fruit and some coffee on the nose.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Cask at some JDW or other. I donít care what the rest of you said here are my notes. I was not pished I promise.
Is this really this good? F**k it yup its great! Nose is that of hazelnut ice cream with just a lick of the alcohol showing through. Appearance is semi translucent muddy mahogany. Shame the head is long since gone. Flavour is vanilla and caramel to start then hops and bags of hazelnut to finish. The initial hit is very sweet but not overly sugary if you get me. Malty. I am sure some will wonder what all this fuss is about but for me this is great stuff. They should have called it Hazelnut Ice Cream Beer. Finish is just fantastic.
Fin (6175) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask at the Penny Black, Bicester, (Wetherspoons) 21-05-06 Like the previous contributor I thought this had a slight sour taste which I put down to it being a bit old. Not really impressed with this very dark beer and one that I would ordinarily have taken back as despite some roasted notes and other things kicking around there I was always thinking that this beer was not as it should be,
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask Conditioned at The Falcon (JDW), High Wycombe. Black with a lively white head. Aroma is roasted malt and alcohol. To taste Roasted malt, sugar and fruit upfront with a dry finish leading to an odd sour aftertaste. Reminds me a bit of paint, ash tray and pear drops. Iím not entirely convinced this was supposed to taste like this. Left over cask from Winter?
harrisoni (10909) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2006
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 Cask handpull at Westgate, JDW, Canterbury. Ruby brown colour with thin off white head. Toffe and liquorice on aroma and in mouth. Some powdery choc/coffee towards the end. Could be affected by diacetyl, also served too cold. Alternatively it is a toffee/liquorice dark porter style beer. Not great like this though.
Re- rate - I had this a day or too later at County Hotel, JDW, Ashford and it was lousy also. Not so much toffee, but the sourness was going nowhere. I had to leave it.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[cask at JDW] Aroma is roasted caramel, dark fruit, citric notes. medium bodied, dry finish.
DonMagi (5598) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma seems a little bland, though light coffee and liquirce come through later. Taste is similar a bit of bitterness, but altogether a bit tasteless and overly bitter.