Theydon_Bois (6461) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Cask, Pimlico, 07/03/14.
Dark chestnut brown with a moderate tan covering that clears to the edge.
Nose is treacle toffee, biscuit malt, liqourice, syrup.
Taste comprises light woody tones, cocoa dusting, light roast, dark toffee, hint of papyrus.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying close.
Solid enough crossover stylee, had it down as an ESB as I started to rate it but when I saw it was a stout on RB I could begin to appreciate some stoutlike qualities.
Finn (3759) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
NWAF 25 Jan 13. Dypbrun / svart. 0 skum. Sterk & god plommearoma. Syrlig tørr fruktsmak. Blir litt kjedelig.
CraftyBeerTour (12) - Barcelon, SPAIN - JAN 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A rich and appealing pour, frothy coffee-cream head, laces nicely. Raisiny, plenty of body, yet with a bitter and acidic edge that makes it really quaffable.
gegwilson (513) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask from the Old Gate, Hebden Bridge. Very deep mahogany with a small cream head. A little fruity at first before a bitter dry finish with coffee and burnt toast.
daniele (4769) - ITALY - AUG 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
scura con riflessi ramati medie tistature piuttosto secca buona luppolatura lieve caffe non molto corpo
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
This beautifully crafted dark ale presents toasted, roasted, caramelized and coffee-like malt flavours in a cuddly body rounded out by earthy, leafy hops and their bitterness .
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clear dark brown.
-Mild raisin fruitiness is found as well.
-This brew is full of nuances. And it’s not trying to wow the palate by screaming at it. Major kudos to Hawkshead!
-If you are looking for a specific style to describe this, let’s say it’s somewhere between a Brown Ale and a Porter.
-These guys simply excel in traditional British stylings. I need to get up to Cumbria next time in England!
On cask at Craft Beer Co., Brighton.
RichardGretton (4154) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask@The Criterion, Leicester. Black beer with a reddish tinge. The aroma is lightly roasted, and the flavour is more deeply roasted with quite a bit of bitterness at the finish. Overall a nice dark roasted beer with bitterness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jamestulloch (989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Creamy coffee with hints of red fruit.
Appearance: Ruby body with a thick tan head. Flat carbonation. Great lacing.
Taste: Coffee, chocolate and a hint of blackcurrant. Very light flavour for a Porter - not too rich or heavy.
Palate: Thin body with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Flat carbonation.
Overall: The brewery tap described this as a Porter, not a Stout. Either way, it’s a light version of the style. Smooth, well balanced and very drinkable.
RuneStumo (2039) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
26.03.2013. 0,5l Bottle. Thanks to Gunnar! Labeled with abv 4,9%. Black colour with a thin layered off-white head. Rather lively carbonated with fresh herbal hoppy aroma. Flavour is dark dry malts with notes of chocolate and coffe. Bitter but rather soft as well. Medium body with more bitterness coming through at the end. Aftertaste is dry bitter chocolate that leveas a dry noth.
TheRatKing (83) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2013
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle into a Stella chalice. Pours a stout-like black with a creamy tan head that lingers. Nice aroma of resiny hops, underlaid by chocolate malt. Flavour is a bit strange, though; good resin and a bit of caramel there, but then it takes on a medicinal flavour (almost like cough syrup,) with some mint to it. That baffles me. Haven’t brushed my teeth recently, either.
Maybe a bad bottle?
This one’s a miss for me, though it may have been an infection. Should I try it again, I will re-rate.