eis (6) - Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lovely aroma of cherry, prune, maple syrup, and wood. Color of turbid swamp water with thin, sepia off white head. Taste of leather, dark fruit, and pine; moderately acidic. Finish is very dry. A good beer.
lym_flyer (24) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared with Chris and Ann at Bitter Virtue, Southampton. Vintage 1993. Label states ’Brewed in the UK, Courage, Staines, Middlesex’. Pours deep brown-black with very little head. Aroma of old leather. Tastes of chocolate, prunes, raisins, plums, dark fruits, berries. Like a fine old Port. Very little carbonation left, but it is still delicious.
daniele (7959) - ITALY - JAN 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1993 thanks alex bottle dark flat malty oxidation marsala vinous malty chocolate almost dry
Scura piatta vinosa ossidazione marsala buona maltatura leggero liquoroso filo tostature leggero cioccolato amaro abbastanza contenuto non molto corpo piuttosto morbida
The_Osprey (5932) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Paul’s 10K tasting. No ABV stated. This 1977 vintage was brewed by "Courage Limited" rather than the brewer currently stated. Black, decent foamy tan head, dotted lacing. Aroma is meaty, wet dog, cheddar and dark chocolate. Aged, and not that inviting. Body is medium, smooth, rounded. Taste is earthy, chocolate, plastic, rubber, woody and slightly sour. A complex flavour. Nice, and still drinkable after all this time. Has always been a big want, and was very interesting to dry - didn’t disappoint.
teorn88 (6194) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Paul’s 10k tasting in London. Many many thanks to Danny for the vintage (1977) tick. It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is lightly dusty malty sweet dark fruits. Taste is light sweet boozy with cherries and cardboard. Rum cherries and booze. Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, ok
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared during Scopey’s 10k - many thanks to Daniel. Vintage 1977. Pours deep brown-black with a creamy tan head. The aroma holds charred wood, scorched earth, iodine. Medium sweet flavor with nice meaty chocolate character, roast, prunes, raisins, plums. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Ashy roast in the finish, bitter charcoal, baking cocoa, scorched earth, leathery dark fruits, berries. Excellent.
Scopey (12235) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle big thanks to Dirty Danny at my 10K tasting. It pours pretty much black with a decent tan head. The nose is rich, umami, must, sweet dark fruit, fruit cake, dark chocolate, risen chocolate chew, marmite and light oxidised notes. The taste is rich, oily, bitter roast, dark chocolate, umami, chewiness, light ash, some oxidised notes, salted caramel, liquorice and marmite with a dry, rich finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Has aged pretty well actually. Not bad.
Theydon_Bois (16635) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Scopey 10K, thanks to Daniel, 1977 vintage, 26/11/15.
Light black with a decent tan covering, appearance has held up well.
Nose is soy sauce, chocolate fondue, caramel, light cheese, musty dark fruit rinds.
Taste comprises light cocoa powder, spice, umami, touch of soy, dark fruits, earthy, malt, fruit cake.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close with a touch of alcohol.
Decent for age.
Stuu666 (10279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at craig’s, 1976 version. Pours black, nose is chocolate, soy sauce, wood, taste is sweet, chocolate, toffee, light smoke, soy.
geovanicalixto (36) - Fortaleza, BRAZIL - APR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma adocicado. Coloração escura com espuma amarronzada persistente. Dulçor predominante no início com leve tom cítrico e baixa carbonatação. Seguido por tabaco e leve nota de chocolate. Intenso gosto alcoólico final com retrogosto de café torrado.
Brodies_Best (266) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 14, 2014
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is sweet, like prunes yes, musty. Taste is well balanced and yes more prunes. Sweet with a bitter kick then the alcohol really hits the back of the throat. Chocolate and prune aftertaste