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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blairgus (2933) - California, USA - APR 12, 2011
11 April 2011, on cask. Dark brown/molasses colour, clear. nice burnt barley/bitter coffee aroma. med/thin body and mildly fizzy and kind of watery. watery body carries over to taste. it is like watered down coffee. not a big fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13138) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2014 @ Malt & Hops, Leith. Dark brown. Thin head. A deep roasted molasses character with dark fruit accents - a unique and intriguing aroma. Rich, roasty bitterness and a pleasing sweetness as well. Soft, demerara-like, but the rooty bitterness lends it an Okinawa black sugar feel as well. Nuanced, surprising, in appearance and character like buckwheat honey - a unique mild. Hell yeah.

Interestingly, when I revisited this on Orkney I didn’t find it as compelling, but just a basic good dark ale. I won’t adjust the rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (3563) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 4, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 Cask @ The Cask & Barrel, Edinburgh & bottle courtesy of mr_h. Chocolate coffee malt aroma. Reddish black colour. Flavour mild dark chocolate and toffee. Very smooth. Not bad for a mild.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2010 Cask @ Malt & Hops, Leith. Opaque ruby-tinted black. Beautiful. Aroma of Grape Nuts, Mumme, pure sweet dark barley juice. Soft, juicy, and loose palate. Really interesting and unique beer. The flavors are long and lingering, with prune and smoke then finishing with a good amount of roast. This is a special brew, served in impeccable condition. Had at another pub and it was slightly thinner, testimony to the changes it undergoes as it develops in the cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bullit (4029) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2010
Cask @ 3 Judges. Brown colour, tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, fruits. Flavour of carame lmalts, fruits, sugar. A bit watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Flanfl (144) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - NOV 14, 2009
Dark colour with a nice small beige head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. The flavour is similar, with a small roasted taste in the finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6446) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2009
Small beige head. Dark red barely translucent body. Roasty dusty chocolate aroma with licorice notes. Dry roasty wooden dusty taste with floral metal notes. Mid-to-thin body. Mild, smooth mouthfeel. Dryish earthy roasty aftertaste with burnt wooden notes. Quite nice, but not great. (0.25l cask, Cloisters, Edinburgh.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6636) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Portcullis, Bristol, 04/10/09. Near black in colour with a slight tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee beans and a touch of fruit. Similar flavours, with some roastiness in the finish. Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (1068) - New York City, 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 (8829) - 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).

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