Nocturne (554) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2012 500ml bottle. My first encounter with a milk stout. Black with a thin brown cap. Aroma doesn’t give away much; slightly roasty and chocolately. Fairly low carbonation and slightly viscous. I like the silky smooth mouthfeel, which can probably be attributed to the lactose, but I just feel this is lacking something. There isn’t a great deal in the taste and it feels a bit weak. Not bad though.
omegamike (151) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with thick toffee head. Aroma is smooth, milky coffee and chocolate syrup, flavours of milk chocolate shake, fudge, finishes with a lovely creamy yet smokey aftertaste which is very pleasant indeed. Enduring flavour is sweet and delicious. Mouthfeel is thick and indulgent, awesome.
BeerCast_Rich (1811) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[500ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk, as part of ’12 stouts of Christmas’] Black pour, decent white head. Slightly creamy, cereal nose. Not as roasty as the Bristol Stout. Creamy finish, relaxed, quite mellow. Finishes quite chalky – milk of magnesia on the aftertaste 
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2012 12 stouts of Christmas tasting with Craig and Rich. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin, light tan head. Aroma of Weetabix malt, chocolate and a little milk. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and a little CO2 prickle. This would make a nice breakfast beer.
omhper (18352) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at oh6gdx’s birthday bash at chriso’s. Really dark black. no head. Cocoa aroma. Mid sweet with clean, rounded mouthfeel and medium body. Earthy finish with low bitterness.
Scopey (4619) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Brouge, Richmond. It pours very dark brown, with an off-white lace. The nose is cafe latte, milk chocolate, sweet liquorice and a touch of roasted malt. The taste is milk, chocolate, caramel, cola, sweet liquorice, cafe latte and some toasted malt, with a sweet finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Solid, but a too sweet for me.
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4.5% version. Bottle as part of the 12 Stouts of Christmas. Deep black, very little head. Nose is big on the milk, little on the stout - vanilla ice cream, red fruits, milk chocolate. Palate is sweet upfront, surprisingly fruity (strawberry sweetness even?), chocolate, and a nice roast streak leading through to the finish. Slightly thin body, but this was preceded by Dark Island Reserve so that’s probably why! Lovely beer, great start to the selection!
sm89walt (1666) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Poured a bit flat, particularly compared to the recent few BBF beers I’ve had in bottle form. Deep, near opaque ruby/mahogany with a fine, disappearing creamy tan head; slight touch of lacework. Juicy dark, dried fruits, roast, milk chocolate, a hint of coffee and a touch of caramel on the aroma. Dryish roast balanced by a creamy, sweet milky chocolate character on the tongue accompanied by a juicy dark fruitiness. I felt the lactic character, especially on the tongue, gave an emptiness to the mid to end palate, but otherwise fine & more than drinkable. Finished with a lingering dry, soft roast & choccy bitterness. Soft, low carbonation, medium body but like the appearance not as much life on the tongue as previous bottles from the brewery.
Beersiveknown (2127) - NORTHERN IRELAND - OCT 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from westcountry ales. Sweet vanilla icecream aroma from this dark brown beer with gentle carbonation, fairly sweet with a touch if stewed plums and roast barley in the finish.
shoulderbroken (1507) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Pineapple beer fest. Dark brown with no head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt and a bit of coffee. Taste is nice and milky, creamy, the intensity of which increases at the finish. Slightly oily feeling in mouth. Nice.