AshtonMcCobb (5241) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Local in Carlisle.
Appearance - opaque black with a lovely fawn head.
Nose - dark creamy chocolate.
Taste - more of the same.
Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a balanced dry finish.
Overall - a good example of the style. Loads of flavour for the ABV.
gegwilson (3200) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle fom Open All Hours in Keswick. Pours deep mahogany, pretty close to black with a frothy cream head. Nice sweet coffee aroma. The taste has light spice and dark fruit before a pleasant lingering coffee finish. Quite thin bodied, but pretty tasty.
imdownthepub (13227) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, 500ml from Tebay Services, Orton, Cumbria. Dark brown with cream head. There is a sweetish fruity note initially from this, not really Stout like, thinnish on the palate but then a darkly roasted, bitter chocolate note emerges delivering a toasty then liquorice character. Drinks nice and smoothly. Pretty decent eventually.
Iznogud (2500) - CROATIA - MAR 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask as Kirkstone Black at the Kirkstone Pass Inn, Lake District. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate, bit fruity.
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at GBBF 2012. Poured a very dark brown, with a thin beige head. Aroma of weak coffee, brown sugar and earth. Some chocolate in the flavour, with dark malt and rye bread. Watery mouth feel, for a stout. Finish was very weak, with some sweetened coffee and condensed milk.
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask Eaten by Monsters Carlisle. Rich chocolatey aroma with faint background smoke. Smooth on the palate, with some balancing bitterness. Best beer this brewery does by some distance
ManVsBeer (8678) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Fox & Goose, Hebden Bridge. Black, no head. Medium bodied and fairly rich and sweet with a porter-like character.
zacgillbanks (4454) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Open All Hours, Keswick. This is a black beer with chocolate and sour red fruity flavours, roasted coffee and more sourness on the finish.
Theydon_Bois (16866) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, from the Local Carlise, on the train from Inverness to Hereford 21/10/13.
Mid black with a good sized frothy light tan head.
Nose is dark fruits, soapy notes, toffee, liqourice.
Taste comprises light roast, dark toffee, hint of minerals, earthy, light soapy notes.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, fruity tang in the closure.
Average stout - the old bar of soap was seemingly dunked in it a little too vociferously !
Grumbo (1361) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from an off licence in Carlisle. 4.0% abv. Very dark brown in colour, with a small tan colour head. Mild chocolate and coffee aromas. Relatively light bodied for a stout, reflective of it’s strength, and with average carbonation. Enjoyable.