blackmetal (115) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hints of chocolate and vanilla while not dense or overbearing. Quite smooth actually.
ComradeK (1045) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pours a clear deep ruby, verging on black, with a smallish off-white head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. Dark malt and liquorice undertones mix with light lemon hops and candied fruit notes to create the aroma. Preserved lemon and mandarin hops up front, followed by berry notes, lead into a body of dark, roasty malt and mild liquorice. Spiced fruits are present in the finish. This is a classic dark and smooth old ale. Nice stuff.
BlackHaddock (4012) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml Bottle poured into a UK pint sleeve on 17 Aug 2013 during a ’random tasting evening’ with myself (the wife is out and I’ve no friends).
First impressions count: lovely dark body, almost black, deep ruby hue when held up to a strong light source. On top a creamy, full head that stayed the distance.
Mild malty molasses in the nose, some wood and nut notes as the beer warmed in the glass.
Nice balance to the flavours: semi-burnt malts at first, then a sweeter malt feel, followed by a drying hop bitterness before the malts reappear to give a dark chocolate finish. Not as complex as I’ve said, but an interesting and flavoursome beer.
Good depth of body, almost creamy and rich, the hops just about preventing the beer becoming smooth: which suited my taste buds.
scotty (1060) - SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle B&M. Very dark with faint mahogany tones, thin off-white head, lasts well tho! Lots of roast malt/coffee on the nose, smooth malty flavours with slightly bitter hops on the finish. Nice!
Grumbo (617) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle bought at the excellent Cross Guns, Avoncliffe, Wiltshire and enjoyed whilst watching Eileen Rose play Americana at the Little Rabbit Barn, Ardleigh. This beer pours a very dark brown with a nice head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel and fruits. Sweetness to start but with a slight bitterness joining the sweetness to finish. Little by way of carbonation. Very drinkable.
Dommod2011 (700) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Share with AndyMFT. I used to be dark but never handsome. Now I’m bald and old. Bish said I looked like Ian MacKaye the other day though and that’ll do for me. Salad days.
eric_victor (57) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown ale with nice off-white head. Malty aroma. Nice bitterness and soft carbonation.
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown, tan head. Aroma mostly dark chocolate with hints of vanilla, black cherry. Smooth medium body. Sweet with a fruity bitterness on the finish. Uncomplicated and refreshing.
a_cross (623) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask; dark ruby, thin head, fairly handsome; no obvious aroma; this one’s full of soft malty complexity - nutty, toasted; a light sweetness and a fairly long, gentle, bitter finish; feels weaker than 5%, this has a very soft all round feel which imparts a gentle charm.
CraftBeerNick (963) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at market porter, 24th January 2013. This and smooth with a full flavour, toasty and roasty with some caramel, but fairly light