imdownthepub (8492) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask Conditioned. Beware the Beast for he creeps up on you. A big dark beer with roasted malt, chocolate, prunes. This does not drink its strength, the night was young and the warning signs were there, but we had to go and have a sesh. It drinks like a best bitter with more flavour, but boy when he kicks in. I don't like Exmoor Beast, I love it! as I've heard before in another context.
Garrat (1249) - 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.
Svesse (5202) - 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!
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
toasted malty aroma, porter style appearance, toasted malty taste, coffee, chocolate, dry malty finish, alcohol notes, v good
bobinlondon (1215) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand pulled cask at the Moon and Sixpence (JDW) Hatch End. Ruby brown with a thick off white head. A touch of treacle, sweet but fruity warming malts and a gentle bitterness in the swallow, partially hops and a little caramel. An excellent English style winter warmer that has stood the test of time. It benefits from a (modest) session as it’s complexities are subtle.
RichardGretton (4020) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer with an intial frothy coffee head. The aroma is very vineous with slight burnt elements. Fairly watery flavour with large hints of malt and a strong bitterness in the aftertaste. A good porter.
FatPhil (7511) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (Kitty’s, Helsinki)
7 lovely sweet roasty caramelly aroma
4 deep red, small persistent head. That head rose beautifully.
8 Retronasals wonderfully estery. Body full, sweet, and caramelly.
4 low carbonation. smooth palate. Finish fresh hoppy finish, long with the rich.
15 Everything fits together perfectly. this is English beer at almost perfedtio. but this is a winter warmer.
mjs (3617) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Cask at St Urho’s Pub Porter and Stout Days 2011) The beer poured deep brown and clear. Its head was medium sized, long lasting and light brown. Aroma had vanilla, roastedness, whisky and liquorice. Palate was medium bodied. Flavours were roastedness, mildly vanilla, chocolate, whisky and bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty, A really good beer.
harrisoni (10947) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Cask handpull at White Horse, Parson’s Green. Very deep ruby colour with lasting beige head. Subtle dark malt aroma. Burnt toast. Good dark strong beer, good mouthfeel. Not great, but extremely competent. Bit of creamy vanilla too. 3.5/5 Re-rate at Metro Bar, JDW, Baker Street. I missed this at the beer festival last year, so pleased to see it. Very deep mahogany, lasting thin beige, lovely choccy strong ale, lots of dry malt. Lots of malty fruity flavour. Tasty as hell, just a little syrupy. Alcohol is well contained in the big malts. Excellent. Dryish finish.