Finwe (415) - Grankulla, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ St. Urho’s Pub, Helsinki. Black-coloured with a brown head. Rich aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and liquorice. Flavour is not completely unlike the aroma. Not a sign of alcohol in the taste despite the 7.4% ABV. Fullers has done appreciable job with this one.
Countbeer (5263) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium pretty vast brown head on top of a black beer.
Smell espresso, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and liquorice.
Taste espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts and barleys, coffee, lots of dark fruits, some sweets, hint of liquorice. Pretty well balanced.
Nice afertaste of dark chocolate,
Low carbo, medium to full body, soft mouthfeel and a light watery/creamy texture. Pretty much of a easy drinkable beer. Nice.
bierkonijn (22) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yes, 4,5 is a pretty high score for a beer. For any beer. This beer is just marvelous. Past Masters, to hell with Internet, airplanes and pop music, call me romantic, whatever, send me back to the London of 1893 please.
The robust aroma contains dark chocolate, dried cranberry, where an inmense but - in my eyes- well balanced bitterness awaits till the first gulp. Long lasting fruity notes.
I wish this came in an imperial pint, instead of this mainland poor 500ml.
anders37 (19128) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011. Pours a dark brownish black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty licorice and berry aroma. Roasted malty caramel and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate finish.
cgarvieuk (17022) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at Jens ... deep black ... thick bubbly tan head ... soft sweet blackcurrant fruity nose ... deep roast .. dark chocolate ... soft ovaltine malts ... rich sweet treacle and chocolate ... really quite nice
FatPhil (10702) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Great Baltic Adventure)
7 Lovely rich roast. A touch smokey and even hammy.
4+ Very dark, brief loose head.
7+ Beautifully balanced, lovely sweet rich roast.
4+ Super soft palate, smooth and just a little slick. Carbonation low. Super mellow roast finish.
16 Band on English stout. No hint of alcohol, the kind of think you’d like to session.
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and liquorish. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and liquorish. Smooth.
Christian (11722) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black with a small off-white head. Aroma of toffee, bicuit and dried fruit. Sweet and full bodied with toffee and biscuit flavours mostly. Like the London Porter, a very elegant dark beer
evergreen0199 (2334) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Ealing beer festival 2011. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a medium beige head. Roasty, malty, smoky aroma. Tastes roasty, malty, fruity, chocolate, coffee. Complex and well balanced stout.
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask handpull, Derby Summer BF 2011. Obsidian, no light showing. Fat tan collar. Saliva-prompting nose deep with sherried booze, jam set on fire, flambeed fruit cake, espresso weakly sprinkled with chocolate. A hell of an aroma. Deep, pungent, mellow taste mad with red apple (barbecued), mocha, charred pistachio. I’m a bit suspicious of Fullers but all credit to them, this is an outstanding stout up there with some of the best strong UK stouts I’ve tasted and my joint Beer of The Festival.