RichardGretton (4576) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask@Coventry Beer Festival 2006. Dark black beer with a lightly bitter aroma and very sweet, tary beer that is quite fruity. Overall a plainly sweetish beer.
DJMonarch (9177) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Handpump at the Ship & Mitre, Liverpool 19/11/2004
Dark slightly rich on the palate with some alcohol. Fruity with some dryness in a lasting roast finish.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Since the brewery at the High Force Hotel closed in 2001, this beer has been made under contract by Darwin. For some unknown reason I got it into my head (and, no, I didn’t mistake Snout for Stout)that it was supposed to be a stout. It makes a lot more sense as an Old Ale, although, to be fair, its one of those beers that is rather difficult to pin down to style. Not that that matters. Its distinctly black in colour. I picked up lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma, with powerful malt and dried fruit coming to the fore in the flavour. Licorice and treacle is in there too. Slightly vinous, with some bitter acidity on the finish. Very assured but, somehow, not quite the stunner I was expecting. Cask (gravity dispense), Reading Beer Festival 2005.
harrisoni (16708) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Reading Beer Festival. Black in colour, malty, coffee nose. Bit thin in mouth, but oily coating of the gums. Really good coffee malts on the aftertaste. Oily dry finish
NEBS (7) - Sunderland, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at High Force Hotel. A very, dark - almost black ale. Very heavy and obviously designed for cold winter nights up in teesdale. Rich dark malts give this old ale a smokey liquorice flavour that is well balanced with the deceptively strong alcohol.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Classy. Deep brown, almost black. Slightly vinous nose, a little bit smoky/roasty. Medium bodied, but shows a good length of flavour. Palate is smoky/roasty and dry, with some slight acidity and bitterness in the finish. Subtle hint of grapes, and i will agree that there is a slight chalkyness. Some aniseed in there aswell. Really well balanced. This IS really classy.
rauchbier (3750) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Deep red brown, almost black. Good beige head and moderate condition. Raisin, roast barley and woody port aromas followed by some caramel and hops. Full bodied and chewy dark malts in the mouth with a hoppiness developing along with a lingering fruitiness. Aftertaste is a little syrupy and chalky.
leaparsons (9543) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate and sweet black coffee notes as expected. Sweet and sour with a long bitter finish on the palate. A good example of the style.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown opaque beer. No head.
Chocolate, madeira, molasses aroma.
Chocolaty flavor with big bitterness and sweet finish.
omhper (22727) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Opaque very dark brown, no head. Chocolatey and richly malty Notes of port and salty licorice. Soft and medium sweet with balanced bitter finish. An excellent smooth warming stout.