RexTalionis (3235) - FINLAND - SEP 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Blackdoor, Helsinki. Pours dark ruby brown in color with a foamy head. Some roasted notes, bit of coffee and cocoa powder being there. Feels slightly raw at first. Roasted coffee beans, some nutty notes and slightly bitter chocolate in taste. The nice nutty notes were a positive surprise here. A bit of greenish notes and raw cold coffee is present towards the end though. Hmm, this keeps changing a lot, now there’s some nice nutty notes again in the finish.
zimbo (811) - SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep deep brown to black sparkle.Shiny. Almost opaque. Super complex intricate magnolia coloured lacing. Beautiful roasty nutty smell.
To taste, complex chocolate, some smooth earth, and a roasty sous bois leafish flavour that begins softly. by the middle it loses some complexity and leaves a firm dark dry coating through the entire mouth. Never loses complexity or balance.A remarkably well integrated beer and though its components are easily indentifiable it also meshes well as a complete whole.
Possibly the best Scottish mild I have ever had.
VastActiv (4251) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 21012012. Colour is brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, sweetness and roasted malts.
Grumbo (942) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask handpull at the Seven Stars Highland beer festival, Bristol. Dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and coffee. Rather sweet, but with a slightly bitter roasted dark chocolate finish.
imdownthepub (11965) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at The Brewery Tap, Chester. Dark chestnut with cream head. There is a rich and woody, smokey, burnt and nutty fullness to the malts, nicely bitter and dry later. There is a coffee character to it. Very decent.
HenrikSoegaard (12054) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Ealing. Frothy white good mostly lasting head. Dark red amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.
ianwelby (801) - SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark, clear brown beer with a thick, beige head. Coffee and malt aroma. Taste is an initial hit of hop followed by the chocolate, coffee and malt but it’s the hop that lingers into the finish.
jamestulloch (2462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 31, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Blackcurrant, liquorice, lightly roasted malt and orange.
Appearance: Black body with ruby highlights. Medium beige head. Excellent lacing.
Taste: Dark malt and plum. Tastes a bit diluted, though.
Palate: Thin body with a watery texture. Flat carbonation.
Overall: Not a great deal going on with this, for me. It’s certainly mild, but to the point that it’s lacking is taste and character.
jfb (4857) - Freising, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(cask) pours a clear dark ruby-amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of milk chocolate, cherries and sweet confectionary, slightly medicinal, with a hint of earth. flavour is mostly the same, caramel and fudge are prominent, with more milk chocolate, some brown sugar and a light roasted-bitter finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.
JOHNS17 (21) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Last Post. Dark almost black appearance. Tight cream head lasts to the end. Distinct coffee and molasses in the nose. Mocha taste lasts and there is a slight edge as per brewers notes. Good,decent stuff and call me a Philistine but this is a stout in all but name and a damned good one.