Leighton (10405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2012 Cask at CBC, London. Pours dark brown with red highlights and a foamy, tan head. Aroma holds some dark pine, mild roast, burnt grass and faint cocoa. Flavor is big and ballsy. Medium to heavy sweetness with the bitterness to match it. Dark malts of moderate roast, burnt wood and grass, pine, some juicy citrus in the background, burnt sugars. Full bodied with fine, delicate carbonation. Long, deep bitter finish, grassy, with understated roast, sweet and juicy grapefruit, mild wood and cocoa. Quite dynamic and damn good. Buxton is just doing great work these days.
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter wonderfull flavor. Herbal notes. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate. World class.
rlgk (10044) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Craft Beer, London. Black beer with a lasting beige head. Hoppy aroma, metallic, fruity, grass, citrus, pine apple. Hoppy fruity flavor, citrus, pears, apples, a bit roated, metallic. Almost dry finish with hops, metal and fruity. Nicely balanced.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Borefts. Almost black, fluffy brown head. Aroma of smokey and toasty pine. Taste is roasted coffee grounds and pine resin. Very nice.
Koelschtrinker (9999) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intensiv hopfiger Antrunk, zu gleichem Maße aber auch malzig mit deutlichen Schokoladennoten. Wenig fruchtig, die starke Malzigkeit wird durch den Hopfen ergänzt. Intensiv, gut! 11/13/12/11/10/12
imdownthepub (9954) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned at Minehead Beer Fest ’12. Black, inky with tan head. Corr heavy, charcoaled malts, deep, full, dry then a playfull hoppiness, tangy and bitter, lasting. A belting great beer, very enjoyable.
BeerandBlues2 (9355) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear black with brown highlights, a medium frothy tan head, medium retention and good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roast, and coffee malt, earthy and pine hops, prunes and raisins. Flavor is dark malt, moderate hops and bitterness, dark bitter/tart fruits and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
FatPhil (8995) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 500ml bottle (Angleterre, Helsinki) (6:5:7:4:14=3.6)
Nice roasty aroma. Mellow rich body. Smooth body, but carbonation a little higher than I like, swirls away though. Nice nuttiness. Not sure where this is aiming as it’s not a black IPA. I guess it’s a good hoppy stout though.Good balance between full stout roast and bitter hops. Aromatics not so extreme, barely fighting the other aspects, not a self-selling aroma at all. But still a nice beer.
Rerate: Keg (Pudel, Tallinn) (7:5:7:4:14=3.7)
Very similar to bottle, but a bit more aroma, both roast and pungent spicy hops. Taste matches that exactly. Covers 7.5% very well. Lovely hoppy stout. We did a comparison to Dark Arts, which we’d previously given 3.7, and while that one smelt better, this clearly tasted better. Overall, the preference was here.
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Papsø. A bit cloudy, dark brown appearance with a tan head. A little minty, mild piney, dark chocolate, lightly roasty aroma. Fairly roasty, a bit charred, spruce/piney, somewhat bitter flavor and overall pretty solid.
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask conditioned air dispense Euston Tap London. A black beer with an off-white head. Delicious grapefruity hops throughout. Notes of coal from the dark malts but no sweetness. Beautiful flavours and ridiculously drinkable. Not as robust by depth as some but gorgeous all the same.