Sizzler80 (459) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 18, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask: Dark brown pour with a good white head, decent legs. Faint caramel from the malt, some fig, bready, leafy, hoppy citrus bitterness. Fairly neutral on the palate and not a lot to write about.
Rune (8203) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half pint, cask ale at Sir Walter Scott, airside, Edinburgh airport. Nice fawn-coloured head blanketing the glass. Deep, near-rosewood coloured body. Roasted malty aroma. Roasted malts in flavour, too, with emphasis on coffee and thinned with dried fruits. Dark malt-bitter ending. Likable, early on Sunday 15.04.2012.
micky67 (7) - - JAN 28, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Memory is a little shoddy on this one as I had this in the Crystal Palace (Glasgow) after consuming 5 or 6 other watered down ’beers’ at the O2 Academy. Perhaps it was from drinking the carbonated water masquerading as beer that’s served at the at the O2, but this went down a treat post-gig, smooth and tasty and poured reddish-brown colour and hazy liquid. Asked the barman if he liked this one, to which he replied "I only drink Carling, mate". Story of my night.
Will definitely have another go of this one from the Houston Brewery (their cheekiest beer ever apparently) and update my findings.
tombyars (1389) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted this in the Three Judges, Glasgow in April 2004. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark ruby red in colour with a thin creamy off white head. Wonderful aroma of coffee beans and peaty wood smoke. Rich creamy texture to the smooth mouthfeel (reminded me of Youngers No3 )and good lacing. Dark complex malts give a rich heavy maltloaf flavour with mocha coffee, treacle toffee and figs. Slight hint of earthy hops in the short aftertaste but vague and fleeting. Finish is malty with thick berry fruit evident. A cracking example of a dark Scottish heavy! Well recommended.
stravale (2123) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask @ The Kimberly Arms, Findhorn
Dark brown...frothy white white..reasonable lacing
Aroma - light caramel malts..some fruit
Taste - Caramel malts..bit of roasted malts..light bitter hops...some fruits
Palate - soft carb..thin body. Finish as main flavour...bit of a bitter tail
Overall OK...bit dull...just totally average
mr_h (2934) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask by handpump at Last Post, Paisley (6 Jan 12) - hint of coffee in the aroma, pours very dark brown with a small creamy head and moderate carbonation, coffee / chocolate in the flavour and slightly oily feel
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at the SRAF. Medium-dark brown colour with a thin white head. Caramel and malts on the nose. A nice, well-rounded malty caramel flavour. A sessionable mild. It helped not having the Gerri Halliwell pumpclip girl putting me off too.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Standing Order. Dark brown with stable head. Subtle aroma has spicy dried fruits, stewed raisins with cinnamon, carob, and a little chocolate. Soft smooth palate. Very chocolatey. Flavors aren’t long but are with coffee roast in the finish. A very tasty, sessionable dark brew.
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown colour. Rich muscovado and dark fruitiness on the appetizing nose. Bitter, then sweet, with liquorice, bitter chocolate and then milk chocolate. Goes down very easy.
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent dark pour, quite sweet, fair ammount of malts and a dark roasted oat finish. Fairly average really.