Alengrin (2431) - BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Premium bitter which apparently has got something to do with the origins of Abraham Stoker’s novel "Dracula"... Thin, off-white head over a clear, deep bronze beer, a lot darker than usual even for a premium bitter, not unlike Whychwood Hobgoblin. Aroma of cookies, caramel candy, dried leaves, nutmeg, dried plums and hazelnut paste. Taste is primarily caramelly, nutty and biscuit-like, some pear, a hint of brown sugar and liquorice, smooth with somewhat thin mouthfeel, a bit resinous, sweetish but not cloying finish with leafy hop bitterishness without actually becoming explicitly bitter. Enjoyable.
snowdog140 (42) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong, roasty and appealing aroma, lovely dark ruby appearance with a small amount of head. Stout like roasted taste and earthy finish, perfectly pleasant beer, one to pick up if available.
larsga (6314) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big offwhite coarseish head doesn’t last. Clear amber body with carbonation. Earthy caramelly aroma with nutty syrupy notes. Dry-sweet earthy caramelly syrupy taste with rye crisp bread notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish earthy musty aftertaste with spicy notes. Odd beer with little flavour, as though it’s missing something. (0.5l bottle, at Green’s, Whitby.)
berkshirejohn (4674) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask on stillage at the Marlow Donkey, Marlow. Chestnut with a flat head and slight carbonation; toffee aroma with some strawberry fruit; rich and treacly in the mouth, with a creamy body, nad a hint of burnt sugar and some gentle hops; then an earthy, cinder toffee finish.
danlo (1322) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (Hambleton Black Dog Rhatas) at Tanners Hall JDW Darlington. Dark brown amber colour, foamy tan head leaving lots of lacing and a roast malt dark fruit aroma. Malty chocolate, raisin, roast malt and biscuit notes, fruity with a medium body and some bitterness. OK.
Russ_H (2) - Balderton, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2012 does not count
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
In short, this beer lives up to its name.........forget all the anorack jargon that people use to describe a beer......that means nowt to me.
Drink this & you will end up happily Rhatas...........Beauty.. :-)
dogbomb (967) - ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask. Dark brown with an off-white head. Not much of a nice through the thick head. Creamy in the mouth, with a slightly sick "bile" bite. Sour, with overripe pear, apple and lemon. Musty and interesting, if slightly unpleasant. Finish is sour-bitter and peppery.
tombyars (1411) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in May 2000. Cask, gravity dispense. Dark mahogany in colour with a thin white head. Tobacco in the short aroma. Thin mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts give a strange flavour of smoked ham on the tongue sides with salt evident. Burnt barley sugar with molasses are also present. Spicy hops in the aftertaste gives a dry, almost lemony note to the aftertaste which is a complete contrast to the malt component. Finish is malty, smokey and interestingly moreish. A strange brew indeed.
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ Market Porter. Slightly amberish brew. The aroma is, sadly, a bit off with pedio and sourness. The taste is more chocolatey, with a hint of tartness.
wheresthepath (1615) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Cask at the Black Horse, Whitby] Brown with a moderate creamy head. Smooth velvetty chocolate with a bit of treacle and a deep roasted bitterness in the finish. Heading towards a light stout. Great stuff, I love heavier bitters like this.