TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint on hand pump at The White Horse (London). Pleasant enough without being overly challenging. Flavones just a little lacking.
leaparsons (9835) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, Criterion, Leicester. Very dark with red tints and a beige foam. Aromas are coffee and chocolate with cream. Earthy with some liquorice and citrus. Blackberry with some hints of soy. Flavours are sweet caramel and chocolate with some berry and traces of salt. Peat with liquorice and plummy, sweet fruit. Dry and herbal to finish. Pretty decent.
SpringsLicker (3450) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep mahogany body with garnet highlights under a thin head of off-white that fades quickly.
Slight malt aroma.
Thin bodied; little in the way of flavor here.
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Handpump at the Crown Inn, Stockport 14/05/2011
Fruit and roast aromas. Dark coloured and rich on the palate with some alcohol present. Bitter and dry treacle and roast malt flavoured finish.
planky84 (2866) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mr Lawrence Wine Merchants, Brockley. Dark brown pour with a beige head. Smoky nose with coffee and some dark chocolate. Chocolate, coffee and light smoke flavours. Dry, bitter finish.
Beersiveknown (5048) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lively dark brown beer with thick pillowy cream head and a tantalising aroma of coffee grounds, forest floors, aniseed and burnt caramel. The latter comes to the fore in the body of the beer, which is thick and creamy. A brief bitter spike follows and the beer mellows into coffee and chocolate leaving a lasting chocolate and malty note. Just how I like my porters. The bottle conditioning keeps it in fine fettle. I’d happily sup this beer in bottle form again and hope I am fortunate enough to come across a cask version.
Scopey (12503) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a Kentish friend. It pours dark ruby with low carbonation and a large foamy beige head. The nose is cocoa, liquorice, coffee, farmyard and cheese. The taste is liquorice, milk chocolate, caramel, burnt sugar, smokey, rich-roast coffee, charcoal and vanilla with a dry, burnt-bitter finish. A decent, drinkable porter.
evergreen0199 (3017) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Cask Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico, London last month. A dark ruby coloured pour with a medium head. Aroma of dark fruit. Tastes roasty, malty, hint of coffee, caramel. My first Gadds beer, pretty decent stuff.
ReAle (120) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2011 Draught @Brasserie 4:20 (Rome) - Dark red/brown appearance. Taste is fruited with a bit of caramel. Flavor is quite sweet with a light bitterness in the end. Low body, low carbonation, flat, quite watery. So so...
Leighton (18520) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Evening Star, Brighton. Pours a deep red with a light, beige head. Has some ripe fruits on the nose with a bit of caramel. Flavor is lightly sweet with dark and dank ripe fruits, some mild, toasty malts, and herbal bitters. Medium in body with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish with very herbal, tea-bag hops, and some mild caramel and fruits, but not too sweet. Pretty alright.