ciaranc (1058) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
700ml bottle, off the shelf, Doyles, Dingle. Deep Brown Black pour, thin mocha head. Intense coffee nose, milk chocolate, some resin, rubber. Flavour follows the nose, coffee dominates, liquorice, aniseed, some understated hop background. Slick, oily palette, full body. Finish is not overly long, but nicely balanced.
Leighton (13032) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s 30th Birthday Bash - CBC Clerkenwell, London. Thanks to Colin. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Tosty dark malt nose, some dirt in there. Light to medium sweet flavor with dirt, burnt meat, dark toast and milk chocolate. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately dry finish with earth and cocoa. OK.
Scopey (8055) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, thanks to Colin. It pours deep brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasty, cooking chocolate, caramel, toffee and earth. The taste is roasted malt, light toast, soft caramel, faint saltiness and burnt malt with a dry finish. Smooth and easy drinking, but pretty so-so really.
Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Franciscan Well Easter Festival. Pours a jet black, with a bubbly tan head. Terrific aroma of milk, oak, banana, toffee, toasted nuts. Medium sweetness with bitter, sour and salty hints. Very milky with notes of brazil nut, toffee and berries. Smoky finish, slightly sour. Beautifully complex, a must for any dark beer lover.
SudsMcDuff (6458) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
CasK!! .. . charcoal, ash, deep roast .. . thick lacing .. . soft on the palate .. . very flavourful .. . awesome stuff
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madmitch76 (16867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
9th February 2013
Bruce’s Birthday Bash at the Craft Clerkenwell. Thanks to Colin and his dad! Clear dark red- brown beer, residual pale tan head. Light dry palate. Trace of paint, a little apple. Light dark malt. Bitterish dark malt. Dry finish. Messy!
Beermack (700) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at WJK, Dublin. Deep dark coal black with tan froth. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, hints of peat and smoke, some red fruit. Taste is brilliant: big coffee/chocolate hit followed by plenty of dark fruit and light but meaty smoked notes. Some sweetness to balance out the earthy hop tones. Full mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious; a bit of a rarity, but certainly worth seeking out.
Theydon_Bois (11126) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Bruce’s 30th celebrations, 08/02/13, thanks to my Dad for sourcing it from Abbots bottle store in Cork.
Very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head.
Nose is dark fruits, dark malts, light chocolate, molasses.
Taste follows - dark fruits at the fore, raisens, chocolate.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish.
Decent enough porter.
mR_fr0g (4520) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bruce’s birthday tasting st the craft. Nutty peat smoke nose. Dark caramel colour. Roast smoke flavour. Soft coronation. Pretty good.
Deu (864) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the black sheep in Dublin. Dark porter. Chocolate and coffee taste. I recommend.