ianwelby (290) - - 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 itís the hop that lingers into the finish.
Stuartyboy (344) - SCOTLAND - SEP 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Paisley beer festival a deep reddish brown ale Flavour is dark chocolate and coffee slightly burnt bitter finish fairly standard dark beer
mjs (3999) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Cask at Black Door, 20130913) The beer poured clear and almost black. Its head was small, long lasting and lightly brown. Aroma had toasted malts, toffee and English hops. Palate was medium bodied and low carbonation. Flavours were burnt malts, toasted mals, sweet English hops, coffee and bitterness. Aftertaste was burnt and bitter. The aroma was decent but the taste was too dominated by the burnt flavour.
RexTalionis (1990) - 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 thereís some nice nutty notes again in the finish.
zimbo (414) - 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 (1664) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Gallowís Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 21012012. Colour is brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, sweetness and roasted malts.
Grumbo (422) - 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 (9166) - 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 (9754) - 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.
jamestulloch (829) - 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. Itís certainly mild, but to the point that itís lacking is taste and character.