Christopsy (54) - SCOTLAND - APR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A guest ale at Weatherspoons in Arbroath. Black, sweet, and chocolatey. Only the faintest hint of coffee in the background. Medium mouth feel. Smells like chocolate, actually tasted like drinking Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Personally, I like a sweet stouts. I also like coffee stouts. If there was more coffee present, it could have been a GREAT beer, but no... its just above average.
wheresthepath (1384) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
[Cask at the Monk’s Retreat (JDW), Reading] Deep brown with a thick tan head. The aroma is dominated by fake chocolate - like that "chocolate candy" that masquerades as chocolate in kids’ pick ’n’ mixes & in the US. On tasting candy cigarettes (or whatever polictically correct name they’re called now) are to the for, with just a hint of roasted malt behind. It’s redeemed a little by a mouthfell that is rich and smooth without being sticky. Some decent black filter coffee shows up in the aftertaste but it’s far too late to compensate for the sickly candy flavour that still lingers. Not a great beer at all.
tombyars (1269) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in April 2013. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear dark mahogany in colour with ruby highlights and a thin creamy buff head. Sweet aroma of drinking chocolate powder in the long nose. Thin creamy mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts gives a sweet whack of chocolate brownies and a warming coffee cream liqueur. There is very little in the way of hop resins present in the brief aftertaste as malt dominates the finish with sweet notes of juicy morello cherries, milk chocolate vermicelli and smooth mocha coffee. Tasted more like a Polish chocolate porter in style, rich and very heavy going. Just loved it, well recommended.
wimpyjoe (2267) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep coffee aroma. Black with an off white head. Has a full coffee taste.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Penderel’s Oak, JDW - London. Pours clear, red-brown with strong, creamy beige head. Lots of cheap cocoa in the nose. Light to medium sweet flavor with lots more of this cheap, quasi artificial chocolate character, light roast, faint earth. Light bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Sweet finish with more sugary and cheap cocoa. Yeah, lots of this low-quality, fake cocoa. So so.
JefVerstraete (671) - BELGIUM - APR 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown. Creamy white head. Very smooth beer. Bitter aroma with notes of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate. Too much sweet chocolate flavour for me. Bitter finish.
Rune (6905) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask by hand pump at the Welkin, served in one-third pint glass at a tray. One patch at the surface of a deep, dark ruby coloured body. Poor lacing. Mocha chocolate to the nose, alright. Gentle mocha taste added by coffee and a little touch of tartness from berries towards the ending. Medium bodied. Enjoying after breakfast drink (Liverpool, 08.04.2013).
tampierre (563) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask ; Devon ; UK ; Coffee,roasty and chocolate,aroma ; Dark brown color with smaller head ; Sweeter taste with light bitter finish ; Medium body ; Pleasant beer.
madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8th April 2013
Sir John Oldcastle Spoons. Clear dark red-amber beer. Tidy pale tan head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Very mild carbonation. Sweet tangy powdered chocolate with a good balance of plummy fruits and red berry fruits. Trace of bubblegum ester. Coffee is well buried. Smooth semi dry finish with a light chocolate aftertaste. Pretty good.
Theydon_Bois (5279) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Rupert Brooke, JDW, Rugby - 03/04/13.
Dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head.
Nose is dark malt, chocolate, toffee.
Taste comprises toffee, cheap tasting chocolate, sugars, caramel, dose of malt.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Ok fayre and a good few notches better than the bottled version!