TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Roasted malt and molasses dominate, quite sweet.
leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, Northampton Fest 09. Near black with a small beige foam. Aromas are roast malts with molasses and some oily notes. Hints of leather. Flavours are sweet coffee with caramel. Earthy and rich with hints of chocolate. A good porter.
RichardW (1298) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Filtered, bottled. Dark brown-black in appearance. Initially, a floral aroma, with faint maltiness coming through. Doesnít have the body of a true stout and itís slightly too heavy for a mild. Towards the end, the roastiness comes through,as does blackcurrant and a hint of liqurice. Dry finish.
maeib (8051) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2011 Cask conditioned - handpump - Coach & Horses, Wellingborough A black beer with an off white head. The aroma has good hops which seem to be US (the commercial description proves that) Soap also in the nose. The taste has more good hops as well as chocolate. A little sourness. Very tasty and interesting. Score 3.7
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Score unchanged
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the bottles Traci brought back for me from her trip to the Lakes District. Deep brown, modest layer of gray-tan head. Raw green chocolate aroma, green plums, a touch of brine. Brine more forward in the flavor, along with a pleasant smokey/fish quality. Clean charcoal roast, grapeskin chalky finish. Dry parmesan exhale. Good depth, maybe a little light in body, but sound overall.
Bullit (3724) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Bon Accord. Dark brown colour, small off-white head. Aroma has roasted malts, nuts and caramel. Flavour of roasted malts, slight touch of fruity hops and chocolate. Medium bodied. Decent stout.
SilkTork (5019) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright bottled at Thanet Easter Beer Fest. The Winter Gardens, Margate. I quite like that bitter/premium bitter is such an encompassing "style" - however when it gets to this very stout like point I think we have to accept that it is not simply a dark and stout like bitter, but that itís a stout - or, failing that, itís an old ale. This is more unusual than normal in that it also has the cascades on top. Some vanilla notes are also interesting. A bit of a mongrel maybe, but more than acceptably tasty and working very well. Nice one!
fonefan (31777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (gravity) @ Marble Arch, Manchester M4, UK. Clear dark brown color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, licorice - cola. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration and a smooth dry finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. ;o) (180108)
cgarvieuk (12237) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2012 Bottle at home ... Deep Deep Brown ... little smokey roast malts little peppery nose ... quite thin but quite chocolate malts, quite a lot of roast... little bitterness ... more a stout than a bitter 3.5..
bottle at home from matt ... dark brown... thin tan head ... soft dark roast .. little smokeu dark malt ... nose ... quite dry ... light bitter ... dark roast ... soft toffee ... hint of charcoal ... nice but little too bitter 3.7
cask at hawkshead brewery tap ... deep red black ... lovely thin tan head ... soft coffee roast malt nose ... nice light dry roast bitterness up front ... barest hint of coffee and charcoal ... light blackcurrant fruid ... just a solid rast malt 3.9
bottle at home ... deep red brown ... thin tan head ... soft sweet blackcurrant toffee malt ... sweet roast nose ... light sweet coffee roast ... little puff candi ... dark roast ... bit to mellow and not enough roast for me ... little past its best ... decent though 3.7
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to ronnie.
Aroma is rich spicey malts, peppery and slightly roasty, brown sugar and cinnamon. Taste is a similar bag of tricks however its thinner than expected and dry. I was slightly disapointed here as had loads of potential.