Brewed by Highland
Style: Mild Ale
Orkney, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown in the glass with a good white head, if held to a light very dark ruby red shines through.
Nose: Soft chocolate malt ‘coffee’ notes are evident with a mere hint of hop.
Taste: All depends on venting, when fresh the chocolate malt is crisp and may have a hint of phenols, when well vented or halfway through a cask, the chocolate is soft & velvety with a perfectly balanced hop and a hint of fruity fermentation esters. Becomes dryer and ever so slightly hoppier as becomes older.
Summary: A fantastic darker ale which has a changing drinking profile, which at all the stages of it’s development in cask should appeal to all who appreciate a quality pint of balanced dark real ale. Find out for yourself it’s well worth a try.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (603) - TURKEY - SEP 24, 2009
Dark brown body with caramel aroma, medium-thick creamy amber-gold head, slightly bitter palate, light finish. Drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (7355) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2009
Gravicask, taster from the Scottish Bar at GBBF 09. Near-black body, ring of bubbles at the top. Weak dark malty aroma, modestly roasted. Liquorice malts in flavour followed by coffee bitterness. Alright, but feels rather watered and thin in the mouth (Earls Court, London 06.08.2009).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (11917) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2009
Cask@GBBF 2009. Dark nut brown color, small beige head. Coffeish and a bit caramelly aroma. Light licorice, caramel, dark malts, slight earth. Nicely balanced session mild. ar7 ap4 f7 p3 ov13 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2085) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2009
Cask/gravity at GBBF2009. Red-black with small coarse head. Port, raisins and coffee on the nose, dry malty body with roasty mocha turns sweetish before a dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (10779) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
Dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, grass and a hint of sulphur. Dryish light roasted malt flavour with grassy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7029) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2009
Cask at the Abbotsford, Edinburgh, 20-03-09 on Craig’s crawl of Edinburgh’s finest establishments. Pours chesnut with reddy glints and a light beige head. Some smokiness, bit dry although there is some creaminess, nice roasty bitterness, a very nice beer. A6 A4 F8 P4 OV15 3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2009 Cask handpull, SIBA Champions Fest 09, The Canalhouse, Nottingham. Complex, balanced dusting of coffee, liquorice, cocoa and chewy raisin nose. Ink with ruby glints. Unlacy and still with a beige rim. Chocolate, coffee, hints of smoke and biscuit, raisiny dark fruit. Quite a lot going on. Excellent, flavoursome mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 Cask (gravity) @ Great British Beer Festival, GBBF 2008, Earls Court, London, England SW5.
Clear dark brown color with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, chocolate. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. (050808)
Cask (handpump) @ Halfway House, 24 Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1BX.
Clear dark brown color with a small, frothy to creamy, good, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20090408]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2008
A Mes rate: gravicask at GBBF.
Dark red brown with a thin tan head. Rather creamy and full for a mild. Straight down the line coffee, slight chocolate, roasted malt and late bitterness. Very drinkable just a little subdued and one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (6383) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2008
Cask. High creamy long lasting off-white head. Very dark red brown body. Coffee caramel aroma. Creamy pleasant round and round coffee cream flavor without much hops bitterness, low carbonation and a short aftertaste.

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