SilkTork (5230) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Conditioned. Bought at Pig's Ear Festival. No Date. A spanking Winter Warmer. Quality throughout. Roasty dark malts with just enough sweetness. Perfect condition. Lovely explosion of flavours that excite the mouth without ever being assertive or crude or overdone. Stunning!
notalush (4913) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Mug’s Split Thy Skull - dark brown, nearly black pour, with a thick off-white head - lightly woody aroma, with some roasty notes, a rather prominent spice profile, and carmelized brown sugar - somewhat sweet up front, with the roasted flavors one expects from the style - this is quickly undercut by a strong, spicy hop profile, and a touch of tartness - a little thin on the palate - I was expecting a lot more from this brewery, but it’s still nice.
jackl (4671) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ CPK. The pour’s a deep reddish brown color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma’s plenty of cherry, fruit leather, christmas cake, some soft chocolate malt and light wood. The taste is smooth hot cocoa, nutmeg spice, sweet red berry jam. The finish is slightly hot and sweet, the only hint of the chunk(ish) ABV. The body’s medium, smooth, supple. Overall, nice.
mjs (4640) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Cask at Gallows Real Ale Festival 2011) The beer poured deep brown with red shading. Head was small. Aroma had soft fruit candies and chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and bit warming. Flavours were malts, sweetness, mildly roastedness and mild bitterness. Aftertaste was malty. Quite ok warming beer.
wimpyjoe (4173) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Old Gate, Hebden Bridge. Very dark red with a creamy head. Has a dry grain taste with a slight sweetness and a more sweet aroma. It’s strength is most evident in its aftertaste.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, gravity, at Luton Beer Festival ’11. Brown with a small off white head.. Sweet vinous aroma and taste, immensely strong and very lovely. Some bitterness.
DanielBrown (3848) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand pulled at the Head of Steam, Euston, in the comapny of chris_o. Sweet coffee aroma. Very smooth cocoa, with a sweet, almost sickly finish. Very drinkable, but quite sweet.
rauchbier (3616) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned. Deep red, bordering on black, thin but lasting beige head and good condition. Evolving aromas, starting with fruity vimto like berries, some orange citric notes, sweet malt and roast barley. A delicate hop aroma develops and a final hint of liquorice as it warms. In the mouth it is quite thick and malty with hints of fruity berries (blackberry, maybe) some roast barley and a background yeastiness. The roast and hops conspire in the finish to produce a good tingly bitterness that lingers well with traces of coconut at the end.
mR_fr0g (3379) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Euston tap. Dark caramel brown pour with a fleeting off cream head. Aromas are earthy roast, tea leave tanin and toffee apple. Flavour is caramel toffee apple earthy tough bitterness. Finish is fairly sweet. Fullish palate and light carbonation. Some hot alcohols. Middle of the road for me.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm) Dark brown with red tones. Small tan head. Nice and deep aroma of black chocolate, anise, hops and alcohol. Rich, chewy and deep flavour of caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa, raspberries, sea salt and brown sugar. Full bodied. Long full aftertaste of of licorice, bitter black chocolate, cocoa and alcohol. Awesome stuff from an excellent brewery!