medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very roasty, lots of toffee, butterscotch. A little too roasty for me. Not overly complex.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Prominent roasted notes with a bit bitterness lingering. Reasonably rich (a problem with UK stouts, in my view, is getting a decent palate) but thin enough all the same. Burnt notes threaten to overtake my later sips as it warms. (cask at Scottish Real Ale Festival, Edinburgh, June 2012)
oh6gdx (19630) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@Reading Beer Festival 2012. Deep ambery brown colour, small beigeish brown head. Aroma is liquorice, toffee, vanilla and some slight spicy notes. Flavour is liquorice, roasted malts, vanilla and some toffeeish notes. Balanced.
JohnRMurdoch (2695) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ The Bow Bar. Almost black colour, good beige head. Chocolate malt aroma. Treacle chocolate flavour. Smooth with slightly spicy aftertaste. Decent stout.
harrisoni (12068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at Reading BF 2012. Its a stout. Its an ok slightly ash tray smoke stout. Quite dry. Quite interesting. Fine.
AshtonMcCobb (1744) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask @ Cloisters Highland Tap takeover. Pours a nice opaque black with a fawn creamy head - it looks like a stout in other words. The nose seems gentle to start with giving some chocolate and creamy aromas but this really develops as the head dissipates slowly. It develops into hints of charcoal and big charcoal notes. The same really happens with the taste as the charcoal and liquorice flavours intensify with the head going down. The palate is excellent, being medium to full bodied despite the sessionable ABV and there is a lovely creamy texture. Like the Orkney Porter it has an elegant gently falling away finish.Overall, I am really impressed with this beer - some flavours like charcoal I associate with a dry stout whilst others like the chocolate are what I usually find in the stronger stouts. This is the best session strength stout I’ve tasted from a Scottish brewer! It was mentioned on the night that there’s a 9% version - now that is sneaky!
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Cloisters. A black beer with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, roasty malt and chocolate. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and a creamy mouth-feel. Very nice.
McNeillR (622) - SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola brown body, slight tan head that lasted a few sups, smoky stout nose. Decent undercurrent of carbonation after an initial generic taste embossed the ’Sneaky’ aspect of things well, especially for the ABV. Bonfire ash malt flavours dusted around a varnishy linger that stuck throughout tasting with a deceptively milkly mouthfeel. Not alf bad. (Cask, Highland Taps Takeover, Cloisters)
stravale (1691) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Brandling Villa, Gosforth, Newcastle 230312
Black, thin creamy tan head, hardly any light through
Aroma - soft roasted malt.....hint of wood...light aroma
Taste - soft sweet roasted malt...light coffee and plain chocolate...dark sugars..hint of wood ...good balance
Palate - soft carb...thin body...bit creamy texture. Finish as main flavour...bit dry...silky...soft roast...clean finish
Overall - Often find stouts at around this abv a bit disappointing but this one doesn’t
BeerCast_Rich (1810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[cask at Cloisters, Edinburgh] Deep dark brown pour with a minimal head, goes flat pretty quickly. Nice aroma - sweet raisin and caramel malt. Quite smoky on the finish, after the deep fruity flavours have mellowed out - very drinkable, another great beer from Highland