larsga (6120) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin offwhite film for a head. Body looks opaque black, but might actually have a red tinge. Chocolatey aroma. Watery earthy dry licorice taste with notes of wild berries. Dryish aftertaste with some alcohol heat. Nice, but not too great. (0.5pt on cask.)
Svesse (6036) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 26 Nov) Black colour with ruby notes, small head. Malty, roasted nose with distinct notes of liquorice and soy sauce. Malty, roasted taste with liquorice, soy sauce, prunes and raisins. Slightly vinous, but in perfect balance. Lovely beer!
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2011 1. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 31/10/2001
Black strong in alcohol and roasted. Warming bitter hop finish.
2. Cask Handpump at the Waterhouse, Manchester (JDW) 29/10/2003
Dark strong and fruity. Slightly chocolaty crisp roast finish.
3. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 13/03/2005
Black strong and fruity. Some dryness and roast in a warming finish.
4. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 15/03/2005
Dark red slightly rich strong and fruity. Some dryness and bitterness in a malt finish.
Garrat (1254) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 From A Bottle.Black in colour with a nice ruby red hue,medium head,
aroma is of dark malt and peanuts,
taste is of dark malt,chocolate,smoke and some bitter coffee.
A great porter,very smooth,a deceiver,I won’t be going up on the moors tonight.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask (gravity) at Burton Winter Ales Festival 2005. A porter with muscle. Dark brown, roasty whiff, sweet finish with crystalline fruits anf buttered nuts, deceptive palate for a stronger ale, probably beer of the festival for me.
johninmelb (1123) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2004
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Too sweet, too cloying, and generally overdone. A beer that doesn’t know what it wants to be. Nasty.
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned - handpump - White Horse - Parsons Green London SW6. A very dark brown beer with a short-lived tan coloured head. A bit of roast and smoke in the aroma. The taste has caramel, licquorice and an oily texture. Very drinkable.
DanielBrown (3697) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand pulled at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London (as part of their Old Ale festival), with Joeh and Maeib. Dark brown, no head and a Porter style smell (this as written not knowing the style of the beer!) Very smooth and clean. Nice, sweet roast flavour, very slight increased sweetness on the finish. Nice enough strong ale - better than the Moonrakers.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London. Roasty beer with malt and coffee/chcocolate notes, slightly sweet but more than anything Roasty.
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good brew. Roasty, malty flavours detected, but also some sweet dark fruit flavours.
It doesn’t feel like a 6.6% beer, which I found to my cost!