chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, - FEB 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (handpump) at Pigs Ear Beer Festival, 3 December 2009. Attractive dark ruby colour. Some roasty notes in the aroma. Just a hint of diacetyl but not too intrusive. Fairly dry. Some chocolate. Firm but relatively light mouthfeel. Nods towards several styles but probably closest to a porter.
harrisoni (12089) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask gravity at Pigís Ear BF 09. Very dark ruby, thin disappearing beige head. Bit of diacetyl, bit of fruit. Dicetyl doesnít kill it. Bit of ginger nut biscuit. Biscuit finish, decent balance frutiy juicy roast.
maeib (8077) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned handpump Vat & Fiddle Nottingham. This is of those beers that some would call a porter and some a stout. For the record I had it down as a stout but the online reference I found for it calls it a porter. Itís not really that important as whatever you call it I call it a damn fine beer. Itís black with a thick whitish head, to be expected as it was sparkled. Slightly sweet and smoky in the aroma. Fruity and malty in the mouth with good roastiness and full on bitterness. Really tasty.