DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Handpump from the outside marquee at the Milds, Stouts, Porters & Strong Ales weekend Prince Of Wales, Foxfield 06/10/2007
Some roast and grain aromas. Small tan head. Black slightly rich on the palate and fruity with a little bitterness in a dry burnt roast finish.
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask RA. A really black colour. No head. Taste of salt licorice and licorice. A proper amount of hops. Some hints of smoke and tar in the taste.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (gravity dispense), St Albans Beer Festival, September 2007. Nice dark colour, not much head. Smooth creamy chocolate in the aroma. More roasty notes, with a little bitterness on the palate. Quite tasty.
SaintMatty (6629) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The Guide Dog, Southampton- Black in colour with a tan head. The aroma is of coffee and mildly smoky. The taste is quite thin at first but becoming more pronounced after a couple of sips with coffee and chocolate detected. Quite a nice pint.
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask in quinns. Aroma is chocolate malts hints at citrus and grasys hop. Taste is thin chocolate malts with a bit of a nothing finish, but a decent quencher after belgiun ales.
imdownthepub (12919) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned at The Nags Head. Black with brown head. Enjoyed whilst watching the Rugby World Cup Final. There is loads going on in this beer, just like the scrums on the telly. Smokey, burnt and a hint of sourness, full and challenging. I liked it.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Sim rate (cask at St Albans BF): Very bitter flavour. Smoky (Mes says ’peaty’) with a dark chocolate hit. Aroma is very alcoholic and slightly sweet with plum and other berry-type fruits. Roasty, hammy. The flavour is full, but just not my sort of thing.
FatPhil (13313) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2007 Cask (St. Urho’s, Helsinki, Porter and Stout days 2007).
Smells like a strong bitter, tastes of the heavy oils of roasted grains. Plenty of hops too.
downender (7795) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2009 Cask conditioned at the Cornubia, Bristol 4/4/07. Jet black with a slight, almost beige head. Full aroma of burnt chocolate and roasted coffee. Easy drinking with a sweet finish. Would agree with Maeib’s comment that a touch more alcohol would make this beer really special, although it is very good as it stands.
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Cask@St.Urhos) Almost black with a smallish, bubbly and mostly fading head. Roasty and burned aroma with some unclean vegetable hints. Smooth and licoricey flavor with black coffee and some roasted malt. Very smooth, medium-bodied palate with low carbonation. An enjoyable and balanced stout. Gives you more than the aroma suggests.