Beese (674) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at the Le Gothique’s Halloween Beer Festival 2013. Poured a dark ruby colour with a rocky beige head. Aroma was malty with dark fruit and acidic note. Nutty flavour again with slightly sharp tones and some caramel. Palate was more rounded with brown sugar, coffee and orange peal. Not sure if this was in top condition...
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gravity cask at the Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival - Le Gothique, London. Pours clear, red-brown with a bubbly tan head. The aroma holds mostly tangy dark fruits, some plum especially. Light sweet flavor with berries, dried fruits, more plum. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Light sweetness in the finish with further tangy dark fruits, faint earthy bitterness, background cocoa. Meh.
Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Grape & Grain. It pours near black with a small beige head. The nose is roasty, smoke, toast, light malt vinegar and stewed jammy fruits. The taste is rich roast, liquorice, coffee, light tang, mild acidity, light bitterness, some fruit and cola with a dry, roasty finish. Med body and fine carbonation. A tasty, robust stout.
dynamiteninja (1287) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
cask at the ralph. stained oak body. resilient mocha head. caramel and toffee alcohol and red fruit. bittersweet. werthers originals. creamy. some liquorice. bitter roasty finish. vanilla oak and tobacco. juicy sultanas. port wine. plum pudding chocolate candied fruit. some sour tangy notes.
CraftBeerNick (621) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, 17th August 2012 aroma is smokey and some cocoa. Pours a nice red,black colour, co2 is pretty spot on, palate seems a little thin, taste is weak liqurice, some chocolate and cocoa powder. Not a bad stout
hrothgar950 (139) - Mabelvale, Arkansas, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep malty roast aroma. Black withdark tan head. Rich with flavors of coffee and chocolate.
wimpyjoe (2269) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fine roasted aroma, similar taste but with chocolate notes with a medium and refreshing body.
BlackHaddock (2902) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2012
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
From BA in December 2007: This bottle was given to me by a work colleague, thanks Ian.
Poured into a Hannen Alt glass three times, it was a deep ruby red colour with a fast fading brown head.
The aroma was all about farmyards, farmyards where sheep have just moved through and left a few piles of droppings behind them. Some would call it a healthy country smell others would not be so kind.
The bottle says ’May contain gluten’, well does it or doesn’t it? I didn’t find anything to like about the taste. There were some burnt malts, maybe some burnt caramel but mostly a peat come earthy smack to it which I just couldn’t take too.
The 6% wasn’t really evident to me, but the flavours I mentioned above did linger, so the mouthfeel was OK even if i didn’t enjoy it.
Big disappointment and letdown, this was not what I expected at all. Winter beer of Britain 1999 ’My Arse’.
tombyars (1269) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival in October 2007. Cask, gravity dispense. Black mahogany in colour with a thin buff tan head. Rich roast coffee beans in the long aroma. Thick mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malt gives strong roast malt notes with coffee and grain evident. Sweet syrupy raisins, dates, dark plum and tiffin cake are also present in the base. There is a slight bitter note of spicy hop resins in the brief aftertaste. Malt returns rapidly with rich treacle toffee and bitter chocolate notes in the sweet but robust finish. An old fashioned stout full of mature flavours. This was a really popular choice at the Troon BF. Highly recommended and worth seeking out.
stravale (1692) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Asda, Carlisle 061011
Very dark brown with ruby edges, tan head.
Aroma of roasted malt....chocolate....light coffee...some fruityness...well blended.
Roasted malt flavour with light chocolate...some coffee.....dark fruits - raisins...quite complex...good smooth flavour
Palate - a bit dry, smooth, soft carb, quite silky but a bit thin. Finish of light roast malt and chocolate.....slight alcohol warming.
Very good, flavoursome stout. Yummy and smooth. If it had more body it would be superb. Must try this cask.