JorisPPattyn (8335) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany colour; good imitation of a B.C."H.". Caramel, a bit of old portwine, chocolate biscuit, and just a perception of smokiness. Roasted tastes, even dark, bitterish malts, in the end again a bit smoked. Subtily hopped, especially in the finish. Excellent MF, for such a modest ale. Chewy, near viscous. A very nice, tasteful Yorkshire ale. May I pray for a bottle-conditioned version?
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 2009-02-05. Brown body with a modest khaki head. (3+) Interesting aroma, light metallic notes over dry malt, earthy notes. (6+) Similar flavour, dry malt with light bitterness, finishes very lightly astringent. Earthy character. Average plus palate. Decent but I am not sure it is one I would return to. 6+/3/6/3/14 Bottle from LCBO
Jan 2008. Bottle from the LCBO. Dark amber tinged brown body with a good sized pillowy off white head. (4+) Dusty, toasty malt aroma of scorched caramel, earthy undertones. Similar flavour with an earthy chestnut character, malty, toffee sweetness with moderate malty base. Something odd about the overall impression is off putting to me. It grows on me as the glass goes on but I just can’t really get into it. Smooth slightly fuller than average palate. Slight ’grabby’ astringency at the back of the throat. Well crafted but not really to my tastes. 6/5/6/3/13 - 3.3
gnoff (8218) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(50 cl bottle form Systembolaget) Clear dark red color, big lasting fluffy tan head. Sweet and hoppy scent, also a bit chocolate. Sweet, roasted malt and hops taste. Coffee and roasted malt aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
Fin (8181) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Morrissons, Banbury 20-04-07. Pours a ruby colour and has a good fruity and malty nose, good malty and full bodied beer some sweetness but strength whilst apparent isn’t overpowering. Nicely bittered and all in all thoroughly decent beer.
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear burnt orange to brown colored body and a decently sized off-white head. Aroma of earth, wet leaves, toffee, chocolate, leather and a hint of freshly cut fruit (stone fruit or pears, not sure, very faint). Taste is light roast, toffee, leaves, decently harsh bitterness, smoke, and the brulee part of a creme brulee. Medium bubbles. Easy to drink. Lots of nuances.
DuffMan (7624) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep rich red-copper, moderate tan head with good retention. Caramel and burnt sugar aromas, alcohol is also apparent. Full-bodied palate with brown sugar, caramel, and an earthy quality with a moderately bitter finish. Excellent.
Skinnyviking (7595) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. High creamy and lasting off-white head. Clear dark brown body. Pretty complex aroma of berries cocoa hops and alcohol plus roasted malt. Relatively hoppy berries flavor in combination with roasted malt. Low carbonation. Short aftertaste.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby/brown colour. Roast malt aroma with some coffee accents. Flavour is fruity and nutty with some hop bitterness and hints of dark chocolate. there’s also a tang that nods in the direction of an old ale. Good balance and rich mouthfeel. Somehow, though, and I’m not entirely sure why, I didn’t find this beer all that exciting even though all the elements were pretty good. 500ml pasteurised bottle.
DruncanVeasey (7445) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a reddish transparency and creamy tan head. Richly malty nose with a hint of mandarin hop leafiness. Smoothly creamy mouthfeel. Pungent lingering bitterness and smooth, slatey maltiness. Hints of chocolate and caramel. No-nonsense Yorkshire abruptness in the finish. A tasty brew, but one is plenty enough.
phaleslu (7373) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle from The Royale. Pours a deep amber color with a finger-thick beige head that pours and settles unevenly. Aroma of toast, earth, caramel malts, overripe fruit, banana bread, and grass. Flavor is the same, with a dank, earthy, bitter quality. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, earthy mouthfeel. These Black Sheep beers aren’t doing much for me.