tombyars (1615) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted this at the Troon beer festival on the 7th October 2016. Cask, handpump dispense. Black ruby in colour with a thin creamy off white head. Strong malty aroma with sweet notes of coffee crème, long in intensity. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malt complex gives a moist maltloaf base with sweet undertones of coffee fudge, soft caramel, milk chocolate and chewy roast grain. There is an earthy hop prickle giving an old fashioned bitter aftertaste which is short lived and fades fast. Finish is malty with mocha coffee, liquorice and soft caramel sweet in the palate. Excellent complexity considering the low ABV and great texture in the mouth. A decent session stout and highly recommended - might be too sweet for some though.
mr_h (4803) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, 1/2 pint by gravity at Ayr Beer Festival, Glen Park, Ayr on 3 Sep 2016, toffee, liquorice aroma, near black with a negligible head, chocolate, vanilla flavour, oily, sweet, malty aftertaste.
zacgillbanks (4557) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, Bakewell. Inky black, super thin head. Chocolate and liquorice flavours followed by coffee and more chocolate on the finish. Pretty good.
dchad56 (369) - - JUL 31, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - decent aroma of burnt/roast coffee. Pours dark with small tan head which soon disappears. Ok mouth feel, but fairly thin. Good roasted coffee tasting - slight liquorice, easy drinking.
AndrewC (356) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dusty with hint of sharpness. Roasted malt, hint of chocolate. It’s okay.
jjsint (2379) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Handpull cask at the Crossing, Burton-on-Trent. Darkest brown/black with a sizable light brown head. Sweet latte and liquorice aroma. Taste is equally sweet, with chewy caramel and chocolate notes, but it feels a bit artificial. Silky palate and a long finish, with salted caramel on the aftertaste. Good all in all but too sweet for the likes of me.
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home in London - picked up in London somewhere. Pours deep brown with a creamy, beige head. The nose holds creamy milk chocolate, burnt toast, coffee grounds. Medium sweet flavour with more milk chocolate, chalky cocoa, some earthy bitterness, day-old coffee. Light to medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish with more milk chocolate, light roast, mocha. Not bad overall.
androman (1850) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle at home from George and Dragon, Ashbourne.
Nose is roasted malt, light smoke.
Body is pitch black, head is very small, off-white, mostly diminishing, good lacing.
Aroma is smoked wood, toast, roasted malt. Light sweet, medium bitter.
Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bitter. Medium body, dry texture, average carbonation. Easy stout, simple, not bad.
Vladivostok (452) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Unfortunately the pub I drank this in chooses to serve its dark beers with a sudsy rather than a creamy head so aesthetically it wasn’t too appealing. Otherwise this was a pretty decent beer with a good hint of roast malt and a sweetish toffee plate. Not especially in-your-face but what’s wrong with a bit of subtlety once in a while?
Fin (9689) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Liquid Treasures, Belper, Derbyshire purchased and consumed the same day at dad’s, Kilburn, Derbyshire, Friday, 19th February 2016 Pours dark, dark brown, edging towards black. Dark roasty malts, liquorice, some toffee but mostly liquorice. It’s ok not totally my thing though. A6 A4 T6 P3 Ov12 3.1