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Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Edinburgh, Scotland
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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - Spring. Originally a special in March 2008.
A bit of a malt teaser for Easter.
An attractive chocolate colour and luscious, silky chocolate flavour, crammed with hints of malt, roast and caramel.
Ingredients: Malt; Challenger, Golding and Willamette hops; Organic chocolate.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (4396) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2008
Cask at the Hope Tap (JDW), Reading. Dark chestnut clour with a thin cream head; rich roasted malt aroma; thin in the mouth, clear bitter chocolate flavour supported by some malt and red fruit; disappointing finish, reminding me of coffee grounds.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2008
Cask, gravity dispense, at Bankers Draft (JDW), Bedford, in Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival. Red brown with a small white head. Huge butter, even margarine, aroma. Rather sour taste with a musty chocolate hint in the background. Works quite well, though it was a bit warm.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5166) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2008
JDW, Rochester. This was part of my Grand National breakfast. Mmmm. Weak instant coffee and chocolate. A light, refreshing beer with an attractive though not stunning flavour. Itís firm and clear, but too much like drinking iced coffee. OK.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8598) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2008
Cask conditioned - handpump - Last Plantaganet, Leicester. A dark brown/ruby coloured beer with an off-white head. The aroma has caramel and bitter chocolate. The taste has a slosh of chocolate and a fair smidgeon of sweetness. Then there are some overtly bitter flavours. Itís an interesting beer and an interesting concept but Iím not sure the Willamettes actually work.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2008
Knickersby íSpoons. Strawberry sweet vanilla nostril. Lacy ruby. Buttery Cocoa Pops milk, slight mushroom earthiness, dunked digestive afters. Sweet but just about balanced by a nibble of roast. A sweet chocolatey/buttery mild, really.Tasty, but I could appreciate why octo couldnít stomach it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2011 Chestnut colour with a thin white head. But - oh oh - there a shedload of butterscotch in the aroma. I can pick it up before I get the glass anywhere near my nose. That pretty much drowned out anything else. The buttery impression persisted in to the flavour but there was enough chewy malt and chocolate to provide some relief. Actually quite tasty, although I canít say I noticed the influence of the Willamette hops. Slightly ashy mouthfeel. Actually quite decent, apart from the butterscotch, which rather spoiled it for me. Must have been something to do with the barrel or the conditioning as nobody else here seems to have noted it. (4/3/6/3/11 = 2.7)
RE-RATE: Cask (handpump) at the Nags Head, Reading on 27 April 2011. Dark tawny colour. Soft and malty. Some chocolate. Smooth and easy drinking. No butterscotch! A significant improvement on last time I tried it. (7/3/6/3/13 = 3.2)
Score updated

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1748) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2008
Cask - JDW, Canterbury. Chestnut brown with attractive hints of red in the right light. Nice size creamy off-white head that creates a splendid lacing. Chocolatey aromas with the occasional note of fruit. Milk chocolate flavours intertwine here with a standard malt quality. Reminded me of chocolate flavoured coffee syrup at times. Maybe a bit thin and single-minded, though not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (13261) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
Cask handpull at Victoria Sporks. Dark brown colour with lasting creamy beige head. Milky choccy coffee flavour. Some dark cherry/plum fruit too. Bit grainy in the mouth. Pretty decent balance, touch of hop sting on finish. Choccy aroma. Fine. I always find myself sat outside the ladies loo in this pub and I have no idea why.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7267) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2008
Cask at The Exchange JDW, Banbury, Oxon 31-03-08 Chesnut in colour with some ruby glints and a tiny white head. chocolate on the nose and in the mouth, no real bitterness here but also not particularly sweet. A very tasty beer if a little thin perhaps.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - MAR 31, 2008
Sweet smelling. Sharp cherry hit with a grainy malt flavour then lots of milk chocolate. Fairly clever I thought.


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