Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Edinburgh, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zexpe (40) - SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2011
Unusual dark ale. Very drinkable solid offering from Caledonian. Would choose again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9481) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (21802) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2009
April 2008. Smooth dark brown ale. Dry with a very light touch of hop. A noticeable but subtle chocolate tone in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2008
Cask in Counting house. Aroma is chocolate and roasty malts, quite a bit of typically caledonian grassy hop. Taste is similar, nicely malty and a decent effort from caledonian, but perhaps stay off the grassy hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1939) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (21124) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2008
Cask at St. Vincents Edinburgh ... Deep red brown ... light sweet toffee malt , light fruity and hop dominated ... no chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2008
A Mes rate: Cask at Baker Street íSporks.
Very dark amber brown with a thin white film. Big chocolate malt with some slight hoppage and tobacco. Chocolate is almost mocha and actually very pleasant. Dry chocolate finish. Not too bad but not something I could drink more than a pint of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13084) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2008
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Dark brown with slight head. Dark roasted malts, quite mild in character, with a dose of caramel, toffee and really quite sweetish. Smooth with hints of hops. Itís ok but not something I could go back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - 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)
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