imdownthepub (12800) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Dark chestnut with cream head. There is a roasty, toasty element to this from the off. Rich, dark malts to the fore, hints of chocolate bitterness alongside a plummy fruitiness. Good stuff.
gowdy (963) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - APR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask pint at The Captain James Lang (JDW) in Dumbarton. A dark colour without much head. Caramel overtones.
ianwelby (1019) - SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear black beer with a thick and bubbly beige head. Light aroma of malt. Flavour has a lot going on. Fruit up front very briefly, malty chocolate, a bit of coffee in there but then a nice dose of bitter, grassy hop to mix things up. Has a nice, rich body too. A great beer.
indrekr (343) - ESTONIA - MAR 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: roasted coffee beans. Appearance: brown, clear, rocky head, tan foam. Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Palate:light body, thin feel, average carbonation, bitter finish.
tarmok (1068) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: chocolate, citrus. Appearance: dark red liquid with thick frothy tan head. Taste: lightly bitter, lightly sour, roasted malts, citrus. Palate: light body, thin feel, lively, long bitter finish,
ant_in_wales (22) - Aberystwyth, WALES - MAR 5, 2015
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Roasty, toasty taste, but not wholly pleasant.
Completely impossible to pour - even on an angle, on the second pour, glass was 2/3 head
Off-day for the QC team, or it’s a pretty bad beer.
Beersiveknown (4918) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 26, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle at home from ales by mail
Dark brown with fluffy beige head. Quite subdued nose, moderate body and carbonation, fairly roasty and dry. A little bland really...disappointing given the rave reviews. Maybe need to try on cask.
AtronSeige (1164) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 7, 2015
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Aroma: Medium raisins, metallic. Light roasty. Grassy, resin as the beer warms up. Light buttery.
Appearance: MASSIVE rocky, long lasting, tan head. Clear, dark amber body.
Flavour: Medium bitter chocolate, nutty. Medium bitterness, resin, light sweetness. Dry finish with lingering cacao, bitterness and resin
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-high carbonation.
Overall: Pours a MASSIVE head. I couldn’t get more that 100 ml into a 700 ml glass! According to the bottle this is a Mild, but the bitterness is not to style! The metallic and massive carbonation may indicate infection.
500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre!
gunnar (7594) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours very dark clear ruby with a huge frothy beige head. Aroma is weak roast,some dark fruits and light smoked. Taste is light sweet dark fruits, easy roasty and smoked notes as well, very well composed, a very good one, dry lingering finish.
Sigmund (6380) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 500 ml bottle at local tasting, from Oddbins Chiswick. BB 28.07. 2014. Ruby colour, large and fluffy beige head. Moderate but nice aroma of dark but not heavily roasted malts. The flavour is also malty, but fairly dry, with moderate roasty notes and hints of chocolate. Sufficient bitterness. Nice beer.