leebotton (240) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours with almost no head, very dark brown to black. Some fruity, chocolate hints but not a powerful aroma, somewhat bitter / yeasty on the nose. Good texture, slightly creamy as advertised with burnt roasty notes in the taste. A little cereal-y which isnít a preferred flavour of mine but generally well balanced. Probably quite in line with itís style, apparently, not really one for me.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 19/11/13. A dark dark ruby coloured beer with barely any head - just a grey patch. An oaky edge to the nose. Dry, smoky and a bit fruity in the mouth. Tasty and moreish. Very likeable. Good stuff,.
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 (1052) - 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 (4150) - 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 írandom tasting eveningí with myself (the wife is out and Iíve 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 Iíve 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 (630) - 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 (702) - 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 Iím bald and old. Bish said I looked like Ian MacKaye the other day though and thatíll 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.