oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@GBBF2007. Dark amber colour, small brown bubbly head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and very mild honeyish hints. Flavour is the same, but the honey is showing up a bit stronger.
cgarvieuk (15923) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 7, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black in coloure, with a roast malt nose, quite sweeet with a typical rqaost bitter finish
harrisoni (14462) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask gravity at Catford BF 06. Black beer with dark brown edge, no real head. Bit of sourness, some blackberry , some choc. Black cherry on end is good. Not a huge honey presence if any. Good though.
Christian (11421) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a small light brown head. Roast, and toffee aromas with some sweet honey notes. Sweet flavour with hints of charcoal and roast bitterness.
imdownthepub (10974) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Conditioned at Harbury Beer Festival ’05. Deep black with a large tan / brown head. Rich, glutinous body carrying a heavy coffee grounds flavour with a touch of tar. Thoroughly roasted chocolate malts with a powdery peppery finish. Maybe lacks an old ale tartness for a porter but enjoyable all the same.
FatPhil (9900) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (The Met, London)
Jet black, thick head. Burning bread aroma. Very rich burnt taste, sweet and malty. A bit creamy in the mouth, also a tiny brown sour taste. Burnt finish.
Odd that Wetherspoons didn’t ruin this.
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Stillage at the Bhurtpore Inn, Aston 08/07/2005
Black slightly rich on the palate and sweet. Some dryness in a roast malt finish.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned - handpump - Harbury BF. A black, slightly oily covered beer with a fairly sweet aroma. The taste is quite full bodied with some light roast and some sweet caramel. The sweetness is noticeable but wouldn’t have predicted honey.
leaparsons (8576) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, Birmingham Fest 05. Almost black with no head. Aromas are sweet and earthy with light roast malts, aniseed and xmas pudding. Flavours are sweet malts, fruity and earthy with dark honey. Light roast malts are complemented by floral hopping. Has a nice sparkle. A nice beer.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2005 Where’s the honey? Come to think of it, where’s the flavour? Thin mouthfeel. Drinkable, but bland. Didn’t seem ready to me - in common with many of the beers at this festival - so I have pushed the points up a couple of notches. Cask, Battersea Beer Festival. (2.9)
RE-RATE: Catford Beer Festival 2005. Much richer and smoother than the previous time I tried it. Coffee and chocolate far more pronounced.