Graham77 (233) - Glasgow, - OCT 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from the Aldi Real Ale Festival. Iím not really a fan of oak aged beers but the process does suit this dark style of beer. Not a great deal of aroma but I was picking up dark chocolate. The flavour has depth, with the oak aging obvious from that familiar twang. Good depth, balance and carbonation in this robust dark beer.
Scopey (6833) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (6.8%, 62 days aged) from Guildford Arms. It pours deep mahogany brown with a small white head. The nose is toasted brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, toasty coconut, fudge and bourbon. The taste is bitter-sweet, wood, toffee, vanilla, warming alcohol, varnish, leather and caramelised sugars with a dry, woody finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Quite a lot better than the rum version. Pretty decent.
JohnRMurdoch (3283) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle from Aldi (6.6%abv). Very dark reddish brown, not much head. Sweet toffee malt aroma. Whiskey malt flavour. Bland watery toffee aftertaste. Not my sort of beer.
EdKing (1870) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle bought at a food fare on Clapham Common. Clear dark brown, no head. Nose is sweet bourbon whiskey, vanilla oak wood notes, slight malty grain, caramel, ale fruity. taste is really nicely balanced. Sweet bourbon, caramel, toasty malt, slight chocolate, cocoa, grain husk malt, and then some vanilla and dryer wood notes. Itís very well balanced and a nice soft sweet subtle beer.
ianwelby (479) - SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, clear red beer with an aroma combining malt, hop, caramel and fruit. The flavour has an initial sweet fruity hit. Thereís almost a smokiness to the flavour but once the sweetness subsides the main thing is the malt. On the tongue the finish is tangy and hoppy. Quite an interesting mix of flavours and they manage to remain distinct. Very nice.
allmyvinyl (3347) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Ashton McCobb. Best of a bad lot today. Pours a tan brown with thin white head. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, rumíníraisin ice cream. Demerara sugar on the taste. Good.
AshtonMcCobb (2542) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle from Stockbridge Market. Appearance - opaque black with a thin attractive lace head. Nose - vanilla going into rum and raisin. Taste - vanilla and dark chocolate. Palate - medium to full bodied creamy texture not too cloying on the finish. Overall -yep this one definitely works. The best beer of the day - a disappointing day, mind.