dj (560) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 500ml. A dark black colour with a large brown head. Aroma is malty with cherry and floral hops. Taste is roasted malt with cocoa, a little floral hop and some hint of coriander. A burnt, citric, herbal finish. Nice, but not outstanding.
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Inky black colour, a slightly off white head, lots of blackcurrant and some caramel with some roast malts in the background, quite tangy and very smooth.
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 500ml. Pours a good ruby colour with a medium tan head. Quite a fruity aroma, with hints of coffee coming through. The flavours were interesting; quite a rummy background with dark roast coffee taste coming through. A pleasant hoppy finish to it with a lingering bitterness. Not a session ale.
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks great - deep, deep red with thick cream head, Aroma roast malt, dried fruit. Definitely porterish but with a distinctly aged character, smooth and slightly smoky. Like dark toffee with fruit and nuts in it. Good stuff.
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
STBF07. This was labeled as Kilnmount Willie however it was defo 5.5% and tasted like an old ale. Vinous wood, hints of age and spice. Taste is blackberry tart, paistry, fruity and current tartness.
berkshirejohn (5738) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from Tesco, Camberley. Reddish chestnut body with a short-lived beige head; toffe aromas; and a toffee flavour with malts and nuts present; a warming aftertaste; smooth and well-balanced.
spporras (259) - FINLAND - APR 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle BBE 02/2008; Thanks Paavo!) Roasted malty, chocolate and slightly licorice aroma. Dark brown red colour and average size, brownish, very slightly lasting head with fair/good lacing. Chocolate, roasted malty, slightly bitter and licorice flavour. Softly carbonated, dry and medium-bodied palate. Smooth and well balanced ale! 05/04/07
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Encouragingly stouty deep ruby pour with well-retained beige suds. More than a sniff of bitter chocolate and sappy beechwood smokiness. Silky smoked malt roastiness and a hint of hop. Carries its ABV with smoothness and poise. Stirs dewy-eyed reminiscences of both Aecht Shlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen and Theakston Old Peculiar. And you can’t ask for more than that.
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2007 Pretty good for a Jock ale (sweaties usually brew up a load of auld shit!) Dark brown, come black colour, described as a porter on the bottle (along with some old twaddle about some Scotch knights that’s probably all made up), but tasted more stouty to me. A touch malty and sweet, but quite a bit of bitter dryness with some carbonation, all of which I hence approve. Overall, pretty good and a pleasant surprise.
cgarvieuk (20238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark brown ale, that was a bit fizzy. Rich deep coffee tones and dark rich chocloate roast