Scopey (8371) - Croydon, Greater London, - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the 13th Egham Beer Fest. It pours opaque very dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is toast, soft dark fruit, chocolate, touch of manure, baking cocoa and earth. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, charcoal, dark chocolate, gateaux, dark fruit and earth with a dry, roasty finish. Full body, soft carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Nice chocolate aspect. Dangerously drinkable. An impressive brew from Downton.
Lowenbrau (2464) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle @Wyndham Arms, Salisbury. 08-08-2014.
In short: nice flat Imp. Stout.
Pours flat black, almost no head, no lacing. Roasty, chocolate, coffee aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation.Taste follows the nose. Viscous texture. Bitter aftertaste.Enjoyable.
RichTheVillan (4077) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Wellington; dark brown pour with a bubbly dark tan head, sweet treacle aroma, taste has dark fruit, stewed plums, roast malts, coffee, a hint of chocolate.
SaintMatty (5779) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml Bottle - Black in colour. Plain chocolate, roasted malt and coffee in the aroma. Rich yet smooth taste with coffee and plain chocolate dominating and some slightly hoppy and soapy notes being noticeable in the finish.
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Le Gothique Wandsworth Beer Festival on 29 March 2012. Poured black, with a rocky tan head. Aroma was slightly subdued, but there was definite roasted malt, dark cocoa and slight Oxo. Thick, full palate. Dark fruit flavours, with oily bitterness and coffee. Finish was dark fruit, burnt malt and toasted bread.
Mr_Pink_152 (1557) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from the Grumpy Goat Reading. Black colour with a tiny beige head. aroma has Toasted malt, chocolate, and coffee coupled with a dark roast coffee flavour.
downender (6718) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask-conditioned, on gravity, at Bristol Beer Festival, March 2014. Near black with a thin, off-white head. Dense, roasted malts, some dark chocolate and a touch of hedgerow hops, before a toasty finish. Good.
olliejobbins (1261) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. pours jet black. extremely thick oily pour. my bottle was flat as a pancake. no head. i see others had a reasonable head so i’d like this again with some carbonation. but it was good nonetheless. aroma is of coffee, molasses and burnt toast. taste is hampered somewhat by the lack of carbonation. i think it just tastes...off... extremely bitter, sour after taste. the texture is so thick! nice coffee notes and bitter chocolate. i want this again.
BeerViking (2940) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity at Battersea Beer Festival, pours a deep black-brown with a fast-settling head, cocoa and Bisto nose, dry umami palate with cocoa and coffee hints and a bitter overtone. A little shallow for the strength?
allmyvinyl (5514) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe, shared at home. Pours jet black with a thin tan head, nice lacing. Lots of chocolate and coffee on the aroma. Taste has a good bitterness too. Creamy and rich, full-bodied. Liqourice coming through at the end. Very nice.
BlackHaddock (4593) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml shared between three, bottle conditioned.
12th Oct 2013, in a friends house, Salisbury, after a few beers down town.
Very dark, OK, it’s black. Tan head on each little tumbler.
Coffee and dark chocolate notes in the aroma and taste, the slightly over roasted malts doing a good job: the hop content ensuring there is a dry finish and mild bitter undertone throughout.
Good smooth feel to the body and a lovely night cap after a long day of sport, sight-seeing and drinking.