MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A Mes rate:
Bottle from Tesco. Black body with a swiftly vanishing head. Bland sweet malt aroma with some faint coffee. Malty flavour , clearly pasturised. Slight metallic notes. Bitter coffee finish. Sticky palate. Not great.
cgarvieuk (21111) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 Bottle at cropredy ... dark brown ... complex soft roast malts ... touch dark fruit ... rich mellow ... roast malts lots of malt fruits ... quite sweet some coffee.... very nice
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed this more than the cask version, which I rated recently. Very dark brown with an off white head. Faint malt aroma. First taste is black toffee malt, sweet like a toffee apple. This is followed by refreshing sourness and a nice bitter finish. Went down well after lawnmowing.
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 cask @ jdw, borough. Roasted malts and nuts in the nose. Tastes of coffee and roasted malts with some dark chocolate bitterness. Finish of coffee frappe. Good, but far too thin and muted.
downender (7863) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Dark brown hue, hints of demerara sugar and roasted notes in the aroma. Slightly sweet in flavour with not much of a finish. Ok.
johndoughty (4950) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pleasant malty aroma upon opening but after that it was all down hill. Some maltiness but very little body.Quite refreshing but lacking in depth and complexity. Perhaps that initial aroma built my hopes up too high.
Fin (9480) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle picked up at Tuckers Maltings Newton Abbot last month. Dark reddish/brown in colour no head too speak of some roasted and malty notes. Taste was more of the same roasty, malty bit on the thin side but pleasant enough.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Vintage rating from November 2003 (the rating, not the beer). Not too bad for a weak, pasteurised-bottled beer I suppose. Dark red, brown colour. Not much head. Some roast malt flavour and nutty accents. Rather compromised by the cardboardy edge to the aroma and the metallic tang on the palate.
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle. Deep red in appearance with a slight head. Aroma had a lovely hoppy earth to it. I felt this beer had good character, nice and smooth as it went down. Nothing shouting out but went down like a roasted syrup. Surprisingly easy to drink. A very tasty brew. Overall a very pleasant surprise for a dark. Almost the dogs bollocks.
StueyD (1566) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark, reddish brown mild, with a thick white head. A light, bitter sweet nose, a similar aroma to that of liquorice, there is a slight hint of malt too. The taste is again light bodied and smooth, the initial taste is that of malt, but the bitter sweet liquorice element is prominent. There is a slightly yeasty, toasted bread taste towards the finish, which isn’t detracting. The aftertaste is slightly dry, but long and smooth. (Bottle - Purchased from Dent’s Farm Shop, Hilgay, Norfolk).