zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, - MAY 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask 5% at the ’Spoon May Fest. Great beer. Bags of flavour: coffee, chocolate, morello cherries - great. All worked together in a beatiful zippy harmony. Great. Great. Great. Zippy!
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (handpump) Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham. It doesn’t get much better than a great pint of H&H in one of their best pubs. Smooth, fruity in an alcohol-berry-chocolate way, a decent strong mild.
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUL 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Veyr nic ein flavour, but very alcoholic, it almost made me drunk after os many beers. But the foam was very good.
SilkTork (5216) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
May, 2005. JDW, Rochester. Nice. Juicy red cherry, chocolate, English trifle and coffee blend well in this fascinating and very drinkable mild.
DanielBrown (3782) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hand pulled at Wetherspoons, Paradise Forum, Birmingham. Deep, menacing darkness, reminiscent of the beer’s name. A flavour, which is indeed difficult to adequately pin down (as others have said): I got wine and choc. I found this a little sour (bad sour), and with a wince inducing, lingering heaviness. Tastes stronger than it is, and is not something I would rush to try again.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask (My clip said 5% though?): Deep dark ruby in colour with a small beige head. Toffee aroma with a touch of roast. Flavour is mostly toffee (caramel) but has some oaky notes, along with chocolate. Almost a touch of ash/smoke in there too. Bit thin in body though. Interesting, but lacks body and character.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Heavy and dark, with that strange chicory taste I find in many dark bitters. Somewhat enjoyable, if you’re in that masochistic mood.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Full marks to H & H for having the guts to produce a strong mild. Except I though it was tending more towards a winter warmer/old ale style a la Old Peculier. Very dark brown, almost black, with a reddish tinge. There’s nothing very pronounced on the aroma. Maybe some mildly vinous notes. Berry fruits, caramel and maybe a hint of licorice in the flavour. Quite light bodied. This was a perfectly pleasant beer but a bit understated. I found it difficult to get a handle on. Now brewed at 5.0%. Cask (handpump), Willow Walk (JDW), May Beer Festival, Victoria, London SW1.
harrisoni (13598) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
cask at Wetherspoons , Ashford, Kent. Very dark ruby/black. Burnt malt nose, rich dark matl fruit with some burntness. Alcohol on finish with some dryness.
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Chappel Beer Festival. This beer was discribed as a Mild, not sure about that as it is 5.5% ABV but also it was not sweet as I expected from H&H. It is almost black with beige head, this is not sweet but rather sour like a porter with various flavours in the aroma and taste, interesting but not a beer I would drink alot of.