cgarvieuk (14279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
cask at JDW edinburgh ...deep brown ... light roast malt ... light body ... mellow woody ... slight chocolate malt ... very soft ... little toffee..little burnt caramel.
tombyars (1356) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted this at The Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) in November 2008. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black in colour with a creamy buff white head. Dark bitter chocolate in the long aroma. Good smooth creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malts give a complex and good range of flavours. Maltloaf base with mocha coffee, bitter chocolate, prune juice all evident. Very little hops detected but dry spicy resins are just about present in the aftertaste. Finish is sweet, malty and robust with dry toasted almonds, liquorice and thick treacle fudge. A fantastic Scottish Old Ale in style and its dark....... so you can dabble in the dark side Harviestoun and brew something exciting.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
<i>A Mes rate: cask at Baker Street ’Sporks.</i>
Very dark, semi translucent brown with a decent beige head. Lovely roasted malt aroma with an almost smoky hint and some excellent resinous grassy hops giving it really good balance. Slight liquorice and fruit too. A good smelling beer. It tastes pretty good too. Seems a little bland at first but it bursts into life at the finish. Rich nutty malt hits first, followed by an assertive bitterness from the well performing hops. Eventually it settles on fruit and toast. A really good, dry mouthfeel that keeps you gulping. Was hoping this would be decent. It’s a bit more than that. Good stuff.
maeib (8711) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned - handpump - JDW Northampton A dark ruby coloured beer with a thick off-white coloured head. The aroma is fairly thinnish but there are berry fruits in there. The taste is pretty complex with berries, other fruits and Christmas spices. A bit toasty, and warming. Very nice
harrisoni (13702) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask handpull at Humphrey Bean JDW, Tonbridge. Very dark brown, ruby, lasting beige head. Fullish dark beer, spicy nutmeg hop. Malts are dryish and decent, about moderate, its got good choc, some dark fruit on aroma. I thought this was pretty good and I had it again before I left.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Railway, Putney, "Mopping up the Spoons fest", 15th Nov 08. Dark brown with a red tint and a frothy head. Smooth malt and fruit flavour - nice winter flavours. Lots of lingering late dryness. You can really taste the hops. Good stuff. A winter ale at a drinkable strength.
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From cask at Clockwork Orange. Pours dark brown with a small redish golden glare and a small off-white head. Dark roasted malty aroma. Smooth chocolate flavour with a nice roasted malty base flavour. Smooth. Slight bitter to acidic roasted finish with a mild chocolate note coming through. Smooth lasting impression.
wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Gravity cask at Monks Retreat, Reading] Deep chestnut with a foamy beige head. Initially quite bitter - I thought I wasnt going to like it. However, flavours soon start to pour through - lots of malt, raisins, balsamic vinegar, a warm barn full of straw and animals, old wood and breadsticks. The more I drank this, the more I liked it. Quite interesting and complex for the ABV, and yet inherently quaffable. Yet another great beer from Scotland.
downender (6275) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms JDW, Bristol November 2008. dark brown in colour with reddish hints and a decent tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits and grassy hops. Flavour had plenty of chocolate, a spicy kick and a hoppy, dry finish. This was my favourite beer of the recent Wetherspoons festival.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask in the enw crown. This is surly a porter or something as it was really dark? Alround rating: Roasty, chocolate, yet packed with grapefruit and was really bitter. Interesting beer.