mbooker1 (3) - - MAR 5, 2016 does not count
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glorious at the Wigan Beer Festival, no wonder it has been beer of Britain! Complex sugars behaving like molasses wild fire. Full on and testing taste buds that you would expect from the hop combo. Gentle heat like warm trade winds to finish. A classic, still brilliant!
jookos (5032) - FINLAND - JAN 7, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated to 07.01.2016.
cask@gallows. Black. Some sweet licorice, dark malty nose. Med bodied, thinner than expected. Soft charcoal, some dark cola, dry licorice. Malty, smooth. Tasty.
VastActiv (5328) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu. Colour is dark brown with small foamy slightly brownish head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, dryness, chocolate and roasted malts. Not very fresh but overall very drinkable. Nice chocolate body.
nihtila (2617) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Bow Bar. Deep ruby brown. Nose is dried fruits, light roast. Taste is soft and smooth, dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, light alcohol warming, cocoa.
teorn88 (5743) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog rating. Cask at JDW CW, London. It pours a dark brown color with small tan head. Aroma is rich coffee notes, cocoa, roasted malts. Taste is also rich and lightly sweet with milk chocolate, caramel, cocoa and light espresso. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, very nice
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at IMBC 2015.
Ruby black beer with a thin, cream-coloured head. The lots of dark chocolate and light coffee notes in a nose that’s a little overbearing. The taste has plenty of bitterness, with coffee and milky chocolate flavours, with bitterness continuing onto a finish that evokes marmite. Nice, smooth mouthfeel. This was recommended by another drinker as "the best dark beer I have had in my life" by I was rather underwhelmed.
Mjp12 (1269) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great porter, good coffee and chocolate notes on the aroma, and creamy mouthfeel, but enough of a bitter finish to make it relatively easy drinking for its abv.
redders1974 (759) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask lovely underlying roastiness sweet without being cloying cherry tobacco earthy hints
KansaiBeerLvrs (4185) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the GBBF 2015 after my iPod battery died but I have photographic evidence from my digital camera that I had this beer... Dark black like black coffee with wisps of tan foam around the edges. Smooth mouthfeel giving roasted coffee, chocolate and sugary/molasses sweetness. Good stuff but by this point I was definitely the worse for wear.
bertiebucket (17) - morecambe, Lancashire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
served in straight pint glass , cherry tree (jdw), huddersfield. Packed with esspresso and liqorice flavours , thick dark beer with creamy head, roasted aroma, a beer to sip and savour , in a word , awesome .