Beese (1462) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Le Gothique’s Halloween Beer Festival 2013. Poured a dark ruby colour with a thin halo of white head. Malty aroma with hints of prunes and brown sugar. Smooth mouth feel. Slightly smoky flavour with grassy hops. Palate was earthy with cereal and caramel notes.
Scopey (6140) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask gravity at Wandsworth beer Halloween 2013. It pours dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is roasty, spice, toast, berry, mild acidity, cocoa and wood. The taste is earthy, toast, roast, coffee, cocoa, dark fruit, berry, smooth bitterness, wood with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Well rounded and rather drinkable.
Theydon_Bois (7904) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham Green, 26/10/13.
Extremely dark mahogony brown with a thin light tan covering.
Nose is bready malts, light spice, dark fruits.
Tate comprises dark toffee, liqourice, dark fruits, pinch of spice.
Medum bodied, soft carbonation, fruity tang in a moderately bitter finish.
BenH (2144) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at nobles. Brown with cream head. Foosty hop aroma, earthy, sweaty socks, vegetal with caramel and toffee. More of the same on the taste with a slight nutty/chocolate note. Slightly bitter in the finish, warm and flat. Not for me
mr_h (2711) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask by gravity at Scottish Real Ale Festival, Edinburgh (29 Jun 12) - dark red / brown ale, thin tan head, roasted malt aroma, resin, caramel flavour, good body, high carbonation, fairly sweet
stravale (2035) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ Old Mill, Brodie
Black with ruby light-through, thich rich white head, good lacing.
Aroma - Chocolate powder, roasted malt, sweet dark malts
Taste - Chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark malts, bit of burnt crust, quite complex, great flavour.
Palate - soft carb, smooth, silky, medium body. Finish a bit dry with sweet malts, cocoa, roasted malt, burnt crust, earthy.
Overall - This is a mixture of Wildcat and Black Gold. It’s better than both beers and it’s Cairngorm’s best. Very moreish, with a really good flavour and a nice finish (It helped that it was in top condtition)
tombyars (1328) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted this in the Last Post, Paisley (JDW) in October 2000. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black in colour with a thick creamy white head. Strong fruity, malty aroma of moist christmas pudding, long in intensity. Smooth creamy mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Dark complex malts deliver a rich maltloaf base with strong fruit elements of juicy raisins, maple syrup, dates and overripe banana - almost like a weak McEwans No1. Slight prickle of hops in the brief aftertaste but malt returns with a sweet alcoholic port like finish. Tastes like a traditional Scottish old ale - fantastic session beer this and worth seeking out.
Bullit (3961) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Henglers Circus, JDW. This is pretty decent. Dark copper colour, off-white head. Aroma is little toasted malts, pine, ibt of caramel. Flavour is malty, bit toastiness, fairly hoppy, pine, fruity, hint of chocolate. Medium bodied. Fairly bitter finish. Well done!
imdownthepub (9954) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at The Crown, Oxford. Chestnut with off white head. Quite a creamy, nutty, malty beer finishing fairly sweet with a hint of apple. Decent autumn ale.
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gravity cask at the Wandsworth Halloween Beer Festival 2011. Pours ruby-brown with a small, off-white head. Mild roast aroma with some artificial chocolate. Fairly sweet flavor, light roast, cocoa, slightly tangy dark malts. Light to medium in body with fine carbonation. Lightly sticky finish, mild roast, some dark sugar, still some tangy dark malts. Alright.