Oakes (13060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
JohnRMurdoch (3514) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Bullit (4029) - Burgos, SPAIN - JAN 26, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask @ 3 Judges. Brown colour, tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, fruits. Flavour of carame lmalts, fruits, sugar. A bit watery.
Flanfl (140) - USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
larsga (6372) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.)
downender (6576) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
trapped (984) - New York City, TURKEY - SEP 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body with caramel aroma, medium-thick creamy amber-gold head, slightly bitter palate, light finish. Drinkable.
Rune (8724) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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).
TBone (13233) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark nut brown color, small beige head. Coffeish and a bit caramelly aroma. Light licorice, caramel, dark malts, slight earth. Nicely balanced session mild.
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