TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Firkin at Real Ale Inv PBW09. Pours a deep brown with little to no head. Aroma of chocolate, tobacco, roasted malt, nuts and light smoke. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, hints of coffee, nuts and woody.
egajdzis (6075) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Firkin] Poured a dark brown color with no head or lacing. Aroma of roast, chocolate, caramel, and smoked malts. Taste of light chocolate, roasted malts, smoked wood, and a dry finish.
6ROW (461) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
brown pour with 2 finger brown head.aroma of sweet malt and taste of sweet roasted malts(dry finish)
TBone (16116) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@Beer Hunterís, Pori.
Dark brown color, small tan head. Aroma of caramel, cocoa and nutty hops. Very milk chocolaty, cocoa-tuned flavor. Soft palate. Roasted dark malty aftertaste with light bitterness.
GJF (1507) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely. More and more I find that Iím less a brit beer drinker, but this is marvelous. Rich, roasty, slightly bitter, all evenly balanced into a smooth, dry finish.
SaintMatty (6746) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask (Guide Dog, Southampton) - Black in colour. The aroma features chocolate, coffee and some liquorice hints. The taste is unbelievably smooth and moreish with coffee and chocolate featuring prominently. Itís delicious and whilst the bottled version is good, this is so much better. Superb.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Old Bank, Turku. Black, coarse light beige head. Nose is grainy malts, stale coffee and liquorice. Flavor holds a lot of salty liquorice, coffee, burned grainy malts and little yeastiness.A tad watery and light palate for the style. Very different from the pasteurised version, and not really for the better.
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask real ale tasted at Angleterre 0.25L glass. Chocolate in the nose. Pale brown head. Reddish dark black colour. Coffeyish soft chocolate taste. At the end some bitterness. A really Real Ale.
wheresthepath (2104) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Cask at The Butler, Reading] Black with a moderate foamy brown head. Faint carbonation - about the right level. Smells chocolatey, but the initial taste is smokey. Develops a burnt wood flavour, with hints of sour plums and a little coffee behind. Leaves a slightly stickly chocolatey taste on your lips; the texture ensures that this is a sipping beer rather than a gulping beer. The aftertaste is dry and ashy, but not excessively so. All in all, this was an enjoyable, well-balanced beer, but I did feel the flavours were a little muted for something so highly rated and with such a high ABV by UK cask standards.
joe19612 (2532) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Brewery, the aroma is full of roasted malts. The taste is full of malts with a dry finish. A good beer but this style of beer is not my favourite.