TheShepherds (49) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice surprise! Just a plain nice chocolatey taste. Wonderful beer for sitting and sipping. Highly recommend for a nice treat
pivnizub (8379) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask(@Windsor Castle, Kensington):Literally black, stable and lacy small tanned head, mild to moderate toasty and ashy nose with a certain amount of dried fruits; moderate to solid dry bitter flavour with a delicate sweet base, almost medium bodied; lingering toasty and fruity - again - finish. Very pleasant stuffÖ
Scopey (4615) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at The George, Croydon. It pours dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is toasty, charcoal, earth, bitter cocoa, wood, and sweet berry. The taste is roasted malt, earth, leather, wood, toast, coffee grinds, light chocolate and berry with a rather dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Well-rounded and integrated flavour. I am a big fan of the regular and this lighter version did not disappoint!
yespr (28663) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From cask. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and liqourice. Toasted malty and breadish towards liqourice. Mild vanilla note. Dry and roasted malty into the finish. Bitter and dark malty lasting impression.
mR_fr0g (1391) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint on cask at the henry Addington canary wharf. Black caramel with a thick persistent light tan head. Berry ester aroma. Some choc. Big berry hedge row flavour. Palate is a little thin.
kidmartinek (2968) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer, tan head. Cool stone aroma. Cool, bitter milk cocoa flavor with some hazlenut. Sparse, oily lacing. Ha ha. I see where the name comes from. Medium body. Tons of flavor and character. I canít believe its not 8.6%
mighty_meadow (116) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Salt Cot in Ayrshire. Finally found this after a lot of searching but on first taste I was slightly disappointed. A bit watery with nothing much to distinguish it from other ales of itís type. However as I drank more I got a lot more from it. Very bitter chocolate and roast coffee. Slight aniseed taste. There is something else lurking there which I canít put my finger on but adds another layer. Only had time for one but I will definitely try again. And in response to a previous review ... There were definitely NO mushrooms in mine ;-)
RichTheVillan (1631) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; dark brown pour with tan head, roast malt aroma, taste as an initial coffee hit with plain chocolate, some dried fruits leather, quite viscous mouthfeel. Very good.
wheresthepath (1385) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Cask at Billy Bobs (JDW), High Wycombe] Tried this in bottle and it tasted of mushrooms. Given the reputation of the beer, I thought at the time it was maybe a bad bottle and vowed to try it again sometime. So bought it on cask when I saw it. It pours black with a good creamy head. Up front thereís still a hint of mushrooms. And mildew. Itís a lot more subdued than in the bottle but itís still there. The mouthfeel is supremely smooth, and thereís some coffee and roasted malt and chocolate, but really to me this was a reasonable dragged down slightly by the fungi. I donít see what all the fuss is about.
alastairkerr (6) - SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
When fresh on this is a lovely smooth chocolate porter but it seems to go sour very quickly. I have had so many slightly soured pints of this across the UK.