berkshirejohn (5221) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
SilkTork (5412) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2008
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. It’s firm and clear, but too much like drinking iced coffee. OK.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. It’s an interesting beer and an interesting concept but I’m not sure the Willamettes actually work.
DruncanVeasey (7712) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Knickersby ’Spoons. 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 couldn’t stomach it.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 can’t 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)
sm89walt (1823) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
harrisoni (15317) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Fin (8421) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
evilsoc (191) - WALES - MAR 31, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet smelling. Sharp cherry hit with a grainy malt flavour then lots of milk chocolate. Fairly clever I thought.