BlackHaddock (3164) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle: BBD end of Jan 15. Poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 7th Mar 14.
Lovely full head of tanned foam on top of a truly black body. Sadly the head fell away to a wisp and collar as I wrote this!
Malty notes hit the nose, roasted and toasted notes with a semi-sweet hint or two. Mild coffee and chocolate esters carry through into the taste. This isn’t a powerful or strong tasting brew, it is however subtle with an underlying depth of flavours. Those aforementioned coffee and chocolate flavours blending nicely to produce a pleasant and interesting brew.
A mild bitter finish prevents the beer becoming too ’malty’ or sweet and gives a decent balance overall.
Not too sure it’s really a mild in the true sense of the style though, more like a Stout/Porter.
Beese (940) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Cask at the Watford Beer Festival 2013. Poured an attractive black with a tight tan head. Aroma of coffee ice cream, wet grass and dark fruit. Initial dark malt flavour, which is quickly replaced by sweet, cold coffee grouts which then builds and becomes the dominant flavour. I hate sweetened coffee, so not particularly likely that I would care this...
mR_fr0g (1787) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask gravity at the Watford beer fest 2013. Light black colour with a persistent light tan head. Aroma is big cold coffee, choc, earthy. Flavour is robust earthy, slightly sweet wort, dry coffee. Nice stuff.
anders37 (15300) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ GBBF 2013. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel finish.
tgncc (2614) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is roasty, raisins, some brown sugar. The appearance is deep black, almost no head. The flavor is roasty, coffee, light cream, slightly sour. he finish is roasty, almost ashy. Medium in body, actually on the thin side of medium. Not bad. Glad to try a beer of this vanishing style.
caesar (4623) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ gbbf, medium sample. Dark brown color, short head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, biscuit, toffee. Rich creamy. Medium bitterness, slight chocolatey sweet. Nice stuff.
Grzesiek79 (2910) - Radom, POLAND - JUL 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dobre i ciekawe, a raczej intrygujace piwo z Walii. Mild Ale tak bardzo ciemne jak najlepszy Stout z Irlandii. Niewielka piana i aromat czekoladowo-palony. W smaku troche slodyczy czekoladowej oraz sporo palonego slody. Finisz niespodziewanie wytrawny.
Nilz (331) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask - black with tan head that dissipates. Aroma a little dark chocolate. Taste smooth with a bit of chocolate and malt with a little smoky or pleasant burnt note at the end. Rather nice.
hoppybreweruk (29) - WALES - DEC 26, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not that impressed at all. This beer would be suitable for anybody who loves dark chocolate accompanied by roasted malts. The beer was poured vigorously from the bottle which gave a 1 finger head that disappeared after 1 minute. I can say that this is one beer i will not be buying again.
omhper (18759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Black, mid sized head. Caramelly nose. Sweetish with medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Caramel and raisins. Low bitterness.