DruncanVeasey (6800) - NUNEATON, Top 5, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, The Slug and Lettuce, Leicester, 02/01/14. First real beer of 2014? Beige-capped mahogany winking with ruby. Soft roast, berries, sneaking red wine nose topped up with mocha. Lovely rounded chocolate Hobnob dunked in mocha and Vimto flavour. Apple peel and clovey esters. Roasted hazelnut and smokey linger; meat and herb as befits the season. Complex and very drinkable.
dogbomb (824) - ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown, light tan head. Malt, pork crackling and black pepper on the nose. Saltiness hits the tongue first, then some smoke, a little coffee and toffee and then some spicy pepper notes. Quite a light, drinkable beer, but not sure my palate really appreciates these flavour combinations.
imdownthepub (9442) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask conditioned at Far From the Madding Crowd, Oxford. Dark Chestnut with virtually no head. Quite a strong, tarty fruitiness, intense and a little off putting, sour plum or cherry perhaps. Dark malty body, some caramel. Not for me.
martinrumsam (448) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
cask at N Devon beer festival . very dark brown with foaming beige head .aroma is yeasty and toasted malt . taste is toasted malt and bitterness . medium body low carbonation . ok
ALLOVATE (2263) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, cool not cold. Soft pffft once the cap came off and not exactly alive on the pour. Manages a thin island of tannish cream atop a black as midnight body. Spicy and vinous, almost port-like kick in the aroma with underlying nuances of charred wood, ash, molasses and smoked meats, alluring, different. Chalky, smoky and smooth in the mouth. Lots of malt; pronounced burnt wood and bitter, roasted coffee bean, light tannins in back, also, compliments. A touch of cola beer adds an itch of sweetness up front, as does a residual tarry, molasses note that, along with some ashen wood, sticks around long after each sip. Found the body to be very light giving it session quality. The flavour amazingly in high gear. A great Porter, another surprisingly good one coming out of the West Country! (50cL, BBE 07/12, Darts Farm, Topsham, Exeter, Devon)
cgarvieuk (12766) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at home ... dark brown ... big bubbly off white head ... soft light smokey toffee malt ... light fizzy ... bit thin ... soft toffee roast ... no real chocolate that i would hope for ... light bitter linger
leaparsons (7656) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with red tints and a beige foam. Aromas are caramel and chocolate malts with earthy, smoky notes. Winter berries with hints of liquorice. Molasses with soft lemon. Flavours are light roast malts with grapefruit bitterness. Underlying chocolate with some nuttiness. Slightly oily with a peppery, dry finish. A spritzy porter.
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask Handpump at the Manor Arms Hotel, Broughton in Furness 02/10/2010
Fruit and some roast aromas. White head. Dark coloured a little rich and smooth on the palate with a hint of dryness in a fruity chocolate roast malt finish.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A Mes rate. Cask at the Rake.
Amber brown with no head. Apples and paint stripper. Decent malt but itís not enough to save it. Faint bitterness in the finish. Blah.
downender (5830) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On gravity at the Tuckers Maltings Beer festival, Newton Abbot 23/04/10. Almost black in colour with a slight, tan head. Bitter chocolate, with some dried fruit, black coffee and roasted, dry finish. Enjoyable.