berkshirejohn (5509) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Prince Arthur (JDW), Fleet. A deep mahogany colour with a loose tan head; aroma of richly roasted malts, with some vanilla; milky body with a burnt caramel taste; then a drier finish with hints of tobacco and smoke. Rather good.
Nocturne (1462) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell. Dark brown/black with a hint of red. Thin off-white cap. Lots of red and dark fruit notes plus a helping of coffee maltiness. Very smooth and drinkable on cask. A nice old-fashioned dark ale.
Travlr (18603) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Craft Beer Clerkenwell. Clear deep maroon color, flat. Aroma of caramel and prunes. Taste has plums, prunes. Decent.
ClubGonzo (4998) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ The William Morris, Hammersmith, London. Pours a deep ruby-hued brown body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is molasses, nuts, coca-cola, nougat and hints of caramel, chocolate and grains. Taste is caramel, molasses, nougat, nuts and hints of chocolate and grains. Light, near-watery body, soft carbonation. Pretty decent old ale, although it virtually begs for a couple of more percentages of ABV in my opinion, ensuring fullness of body and taste volume.
Smithld1 (89) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pint of cask. Pleasant, easy drinking and inoffensive. It prefer it were offensive. Non deScript but nice. Perhaps my taste buds have given up.
jjsint (1803) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask from the West End, Ely. Black and opaque with a decent tan head. Scent of liquorice and blackberries, hints of gasoline and sage. Sweet taste, slightly herby and medicinal. Somewhat bitter/sour finish. Long black cherry and liquorice taste. Good, at the medium-to-low end of Dark Star’s stratospheric standards.
Leafs93 (1987) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at Coopers. Pours deep dark brown with a medium tan head that quickly dissipated to a trace film. Aroma is earthy, caramel and toast. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
triskaideka (291) - Killarney, IRELAND - FEB 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Dolphin, Eastbourne. Pours dark amber with a short-lived off-white head. Aroma - dried fruits, fruit cake.Taste - woody, caramel, dried fruits.
The_Osprey (4848) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at a Wetherspoons. Pretty much black with a red tinge, small scummy light brown head, full lacing. Nothing in aroma. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is pretty thin, lots of liquorice allsorts, not bitter but tangy in the finish, gluey resin, a touch meaty. OK.
Gary (1754) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
cask @ The Magpie ,Brentford . An excellent dark ale , pretty tepid - you’re meant to drink this type of beer while playing chess and smoking a pipe . I didn’t do either but this beer was fucken good. Deep rich malt texture. chocolate, red wine, berries , coffee roast, burnt toast, dry roast - just a kick in the ass of floral resiny hops . A good beer to reflect the season .