jamesie1857 (1097) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
russnug (35) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2002
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Harsh burnt front end. Thins out quite a bit on the backside.somewhat bitter finish.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great presentation with rich creamy head over a copper body. It just lacks something though. Nice balance and good malty taste but it isn't a great beer.
Stew41 (1624) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darl chocolate brown with good clarity. Stout like nose, some burnt malty notes with a slightly hard edge. Quite light bodied in the mouth, seems like a true cross between a stout and an ale. Very nice feel although the malt does drop off a little. Just lacks a bit of excitement.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Brew Ha Ha 2005. I was very looking forward to this, but my expectations were unfortunately not met. Poured red-brown with no head. Aroma of pineapple, caramel, toffee and a bit of molasses. Flavor seemed to have a lot of peat and toasted rye bread, mildly sweet chocolate malt. Decent, but nothing spectacular.
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a brown color with red edges and a very nice head. Lacing was solid. Aroma was of roasted malts, some peat smoke, and coffee. Flavor was similar with some licorice mixed in. Very astringent and finished somewhat bitter and dry, although not that hoppy. Not my personal liking of a beer and I’d take many an "English Strong Ale" over it.
yarry (516) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle, 5.7% a/v
Pours a deep mahogony with a thick tan head. Aromas consist of hops, fruit (bananas?) and yeast. The flavour is roasted malt, black coffee, bitter chocolate, and a slight hint of red wine. The finish is clean and dry and the mouthfeel is generous without being overpowering. Nice winter ale.
phaleslu (5174) - 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.
obguthr (3312) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Malty toffee nose. Crystal clear tea color, medium yellow head, good lace. Flavor is tame with little character. Malty berries, with hints of toffee. Too dry and too little flavor. I would not seek this out again.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer looks absolutely marvelous in my imperial pint glass. The beer is a clear chestnut with a frothy head on top. The nose is spicy and yeasty. The palate is a little thin for the beers weight; my guess is some brewers sugar is used to lighten the body. Also, on the palate, I taste iron and woody hops of restrained bitterness. The beer is on the dry side, which I find appealing. The finish is short and forgettable. I find this beer to be pleasant, but it’s not something to write home about.