Oakes (13156) - 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.
witthatsbier (358) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark delicious ,aroma grain with dark fruit,taste is strong malt with dry bitter finish
cgarvieuk (16286) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 Very deep black in colour, with a smokey roast malt nose, sweet mellow roast with a little chocolate ... touch of blackcurrent....3.6 tkX drunk not rated but score def needs upped 3.9
cask at cloisters dec 11... deep copper red ... thin tan head ... soft sweet malts ... juicy blackcurrant roast ... dark malt fruits ...
cask at cloisters may 12... deep red brown ... creamy tan head ...soft sweet deep berry fruity malts ... low carbonation ... light roast ... mellow malts ... deep fruits ...
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.
zimbo (653) - 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.
SarkyNorthener (2716) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@lychgatetavern, wolverhampton. Dark brown colour with medium head that gradually dissipated. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate. It is quite dry and burnt tasting in the finish. A good mild not the norm.
imdownthepub (11122) - 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.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Cask from The Three Judges] Black with a moderate tan head. Roasty chocolatey aroma, some burnt caramel notes and a slightly fruity hop presence. Medium bodied with some dark fruit apparent on the palate, dry, slightly bitter finish, some more hop character. Nice.
Fin (8100) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
AshtonMcCobb (3546) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My 500th beer, which is great as this is one of my favourite brewers!
On tap @ Teuchtars. Pours a beautiful opaque chestnut with a red hue around the bottom edges of the glass. The nose has chocolate and hazelnuts. The taste has more dark chocolate which softens into cream and then the hazelnuts follow it in. The palate is medium to large in structure, the texture is thick in creamy and it falls away nicely at the end. Overall, a wonderfully sessionable mild ale.