madmitch76 (14501) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
28th June 2014
Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is smooth and dry with fine carbonation. Smooth tangy dark malts, light tang. Brief creamy malt burst. Mild vanilla. Mild coffee. Whisper of dark fruits. Light finish. Pretty good.
mr_h (2757) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask by hand-pump at Glasgow Beer Festival, The Briggait, Glasgow (26 Jun 2014) - opaque very dark brown, potent chocolate, vanilla aroma, no lacing, chocolate and vanilla flavour, smooth, velvety, nice
ianwelby (441) - SCOTLAND - JUN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black beer with a thin head and aroma of fruit, chocolate and malt which is matched by the flavour. Very nice.
Mjp12 (298) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light vanilla and chocolate aroma, really nicely balanced flavour. A good pint.
s_hartshorne (1093) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask Black Country arms Walsall. Black colour ok beige head lacing. Aroma is good chocolate malts. Taste is sweet chocolate milk nice long bitter finish medium full body great stuff.
SarkyNorthener (1740) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask@blackcountry arms, walsall. Black beer with a medium head. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste is chocolate, sweet malts and roasted coffee. Decent.
jmgreenuk (4109) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Black Country Arms, Walsall. Poured a dark mahogany with a frothy white head. The aroma is caramel roasted malt and light fruit. The flavour is medium bitter with a rich roasted malt liqourice bitter, red berry fruit vanilla palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation and rich oily mouthfeel. Very rich and more like a stout than a porter. A superb beer with lots going on.
allmyvinyl (2927) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at The Blue Bell, York. Dark brown, near black, long-lasting beige head. Big chocolate aromas, light vanilla. Sweet taste, more like a milk stout than a porter. Nice though.
harrisoni (13286) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask handpull at The Exmouth arms Farringdon. Black beer lasting beige head. Huge chocolate on the aroma. Almost comical chocolate in the mouth like powdered chocolate. 10 years ago this was acceptable. Now? Nope must try harder. Putting more of something into a beer doesn’t mean it’s better. Had to leave it. Way too much chocolate.
Theydon_Bois (7944) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Lyric, 17/03/14.
Black with a good sized tan head that retains well.
Nose is sweet chocolate, vanilla essence, caramel fudge, sugary notes.
Taste comprises much the same, sweet lickings, choco vanilla fudge.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, massageing on the palate, sweet close.
Looks and feels good but overly sweet at the business end for me.