Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2010 From A Bottle.Nice gothic shades in colour,small head.Dark fruit and chocolate aroma,big tarty fruitness with dark chocolate and liquorice,quite bitter in the end with some malt.A bloody good experience.
JonMoore (1904) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a slim tan head. Fruity, edging on sour, roasted malty aroma. Similar taste, with a fruity sourness superimposed on a roast malty, hoppy stout. The blackberries almost don’t work, but it just manages to get away with it.
YogiBeera (2500) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nearly black - still purple color. Small creamy layer of a head on top. Blackberry nose - also clay and chocolate. Mocca long lasting bitter taste. Some fruityness comes through but leads to a weird finish.
pivo (2592) - GERMANY - JAN 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Acidic sour nose, dark opaque brown color, low tan scumy head. Nice toasted, raosted malt up front, then a tobacco bitter. Unfortunate artificial and metallic aftertaste. Thinish, but with a creamy mouthfeel. OK, I guess.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ HBK Black Beer Festival, Nynäshamn Backlog 26 Nov 2004
Bitter! Slight off tastes of cucumber and rubber. Oxidized.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Murky black, no head to speak of. Slightly toasty aroma with a hint of woody fruitiness. Far sweeter than most stouts I’ve tried, strange astringency in the finish.
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on draught from the Cask in The Alex, Derby. No Sparkler.
This is a good solid Stout. Couldn’t really decern the Bramble influence myslef.
Nice but not as good at the Top Dog Stout, also from Burton Bridge.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had mixed emotions about this one - while I liked the rich stout pour and the unusual fruit (blackberries perhaps) aromas the flavour and finish were both found lacking. Overall it was drinkable but if you want a fruit beer you can get much better and if you want a stout you can get much better. why combine them.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black colour with nice head. Roasted, coffee, lightly fruity. Nice.
johndoughty (4114) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as dark as some stouts but overall better than many,Quite complex with lots of interesting and pleasant flavours surfacing.Slight smokiness-a very nice stout.