stravale (2834) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Kelham Island Tavern, Sheffield 
Black, tan edges, dense beige head, good lacing
Aroma - Dark malt, some soft vanilla
Taste of nice smooth dark malts, very soft roast, soft vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruits
Palate - Medium body, good texture, quite sweet. Fimish of smooth dark malts, some dark chocolate
Overall - Good porter
Grumbo (1506) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Ale House, Chelmsford. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee, plum, prune, and nuttiness. Moderate sweetness and bitterness, touch of sour developing. Full bodied, smooth texture, soft carbonation. Very good but not sure could do a second.
Towey1989 (1893) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at The Earl Grey Inn, Leek. A deep ruby brown to black colour with a medium beige head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, some caramel, slight coffee and subtle dark fruits. Taste of chocolate, vanilla, some coffee, slight dark fruits, a little caramel and subtle sour cherry. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A sweet and sour, chocolate and fruit finish. An interesting array of flavours, a little sweet with a fruity and sour finish. Bit more balance and this would be a very nice beer.
planky84 (2875) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was first alerted to this beer via the recently departed legend that was Terry Wogan and his good pal Mason McQueen as they meandered round the city of York stopping to sup this at a fine hostelry in said city, so when it cropped up at the National Winter Ales Festival (2016) naturally I had to give it a go. Black pour with a beige head. Dark coffee roast and dark chocolate aroma with a hint of vanilla and raisin. Deep flavours of dark chocolate, cocoa, cola and raisin. Long malty finish. Very good.
jjsint (2373) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Handpull cask at the Kelham Island Tavern. Black, with very little head but a fair bit of natural carbonation. Chocolate, coffee and oak chips dominate the resplendent aroma. Taste begins sweet but there is an almost immediate bitter/sour hit. Black cherry on the finish. Bitter aftertaste. Complex and moreish.
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at The John Duck, Durham, £2.50/pint.
Black beer with a very thin, smooth, tan head. There’s bready malts and slightly toasty sweet caramel and toffee notes in the aroma. The taste is largely sweet with but there is some bitterness to the finish. Chocolate, cereal, caramel and creamy dairy flavours are most pronounced as well as corn and bready malts. On the whole it comes over a little buttery. Nothing special.
The_Osprey (6556) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle at home as ’Brass Castle Bad Kitty’, 5.5%, BB July 2016. Black, big dense foamy light brown head. Aroma is cardboard, chocolate raisins, a touch yeasty. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, a bit foamy. Taste is a mix of vanilla custard, ash, dried fruits and chocolate. Nice ash but it’s a bit tangy and sweet for me. Just doesn’t come together that well. I’m always dubious about adding vanilla to beers, and I think that this is another example of it bringing a beer down.
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Brewery Tap, Chester. Pours black brown with a tan head. Bitter choc, some sweetness, hint of fruit. Promised more.
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
White lacing. Chocolate colour and opaque. Lactose aroma, chocolate, blackcurrants and motor oil. Taste is Swiss milk chocolate, espresso, blackcurrants and leather and velvet. Smooth finish which is chocolate and blackcurrants and velvet. Wish this was on nitro.
jamestulloch (3486) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from The Beerhive. Opaque brown body with a thin off-white head that quickly fades. No lacing. Aroma of chocolate ice-cream, filter coffee, toffee and hazelnut. Flavour of vanilla, white sugar and chocolate with a strange lemony bite to finish. Thin body with a watery texture. Soft fizz. Doesn’t quite gel for me - the citric hops don’t suit.