anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask gravity @ The Duchess of Cambridge, Stamford Brook W6. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty rich chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish with hints of caramel in the aftertaste.
cgarvieuk (14708) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
cask at NWAF ... deep brown ... soft sweet toffee roast ... light chocolate malt nose ... light thin bittter roast ... light charcoal ... light puff camdy... ok
bhensonb (11260) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at The Black Friar, London. Pours very, very dark ruby with a creamy tan head. Coffee aroma. Flavor is coffee with smooth dark malt, and perhaps a bit of chocolate. Medium bitter. Delicious.
imdownthepub (10488) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned at The Cottage, Bristol. Dark brown with white head. Sweet and fruity beer with quite a plummy, soft note. Some toastiness from the malt, some bitterness. It’s ok.
FatPhil (9414) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (Tivoli (JDW), Cambridge)
Toffee aroma. A touch of burnt cake, complete with the raisins touching the side of the baking tray - delicious! Smooth soft palate. Very pleasant roast. Very easy drinker. The roast is quite a rich one, but not oppressive or ashy at all. A very solid porter. More please!
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Handpump at the Red Lion, Chester 29/04/2011
Roast and a little fruit aromas. Dark coloured a little rich on the palate and fruity with some alcohol present. Bitter and slightly dry burnt roast finish.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Cask Conditioned handpump Eastgate Northampton. A black porter. Didn’t make notes on this as didn’t realise it was different to Butcombe Old Vic which showed up as rated. I did however score it, and from those marks it’s obvious I enjoyed it. From memory it was a really smooth porter with good dark malt flavours. Score 3.7
Subsequent rating scored 3.8 Score unaltered
rosenbergh (7078) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Thurrock Beer Festival 2011, Grays, England.
Dark reddish brown colour with small frothy off-white head.
Roasted malt, chocolate, earth and farm yard in aroma.
Roasted malt, dry hops, chocolate and liquorice in balanced flavour.
downender (6391) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask-conditioned, twice on 12/02/2011, at the Bell, Hillgrove Street, Bristol and Colston’s Yard. Interesting contrast of appearance, in the subdued lighting of the Bell, it was near black with a decent off-white head. In the brighter, cafe style CY, it was a medium brown with some hints of red and a similar head. This was very easy drinking, with some coffee and sweetish cereal notes, before a slightly roasted, dry finish. It’s good to see Butcombe brewing a wider ranger of beers. Excellent.
SaintMatty (5384) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (JDW, Victoria Station, London) - Dark brown with some red tinges. Coffee, chocolate and liquorice in the aroma. Roasted taste with malt, coffee and plain chocolate detected. The finish is very roasted and lingers for quite a while.