madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
14th September 2009
Opaque black brown beer. Light marmite nose. Zero carbonation. Slight soft palate. Tangy porter like dark malt. Lots of cocoa dark chocolate and a splah of marmite. Well joined up but let down by a total lack of carbonation.
Tim Webb (233) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle bought by a friend from the brewery. Bottle-conditioned dark brown ale with stout-ish leanings, affrom a mild ale as dark British ales get. A little to acrid at the start but mellowing with settling to reveal a raisin finish. The best beer I have tasted thus far from this long-established yet experimental brewer.
tombyars (1414) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in May 2008. Cask, gravity dispense. Dull mahogany black in colour with a sparse tan head. Strong roast grain and coffee granules in the rich aroma. Creamy texture to the mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark complex malts give a rich moist maltloaf base with dark chocolate, mocha coffee, treacle toffee and ripe black grapes. Very little in the way of hop resins noted in the briefest of aftertastes. Finish is strong and malty with rich creamy caramel notes giving long sweetness throughout. Thought this was more of an Old Ale in style but superb stuff whatever. Worth seeking out in cask and highly recommended.
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ RBESG 2009 Harlequin, Sheffield . One of the best milds of the trip. Lovely vrown color. Roasty aromas.Flavours of ripe fruit, chocolate, roasted malt. Nice
sm89walt (1780) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml, corked & caged bottle. Poured black with dark brown edges and a small & creamy, slowly disappearing light brown head. Quite thick on the glass. Good mildly tangy prune and raisin, sweet chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Sharpish dark fruits, a decent dry roastiness and a tannic-like, vinuous finish. Soft, medium body with a lingering smokey aftertaste.
wheresthepath (1649) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[500ml bottle from Iceni brewery shop, Jim shared with me - cheers!] Black, small beige head. Hefty roasted malt flavour dominates, but there is a little chocolate and blackcurrant hidden behind. Like all Iceni beers, it finishes dry. Thin and disappointing.
asheft (2599) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[bottle @ RBESG 2009, Grand Tasting]
Sourish dark malt vanilla aroma with some coffee. Black, opaque under a thin, beige blanket. Sour black plum flavour with toasted almonds and roastiness. Very low bitterness. Light body, moderate carbonation, clean finish.
thewolf (11288) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Grand Tasting @ The Harlequin, Sheffield.
Pours deep black with red edges. Good creamy, beige head. Aroma is softly smoky, some chocolate and blackberries. Low carbonation, fine mouthfeel. Flavour is lightly berry-tart, good chocolate and roasted malts. Very drinkable.
bierkoning (10645) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ RBESG Grand Tasting 2009. Deep dark brown color. Roastaroma with chocolate and vanilla. Soft roasty flavor with grapes and chocolate. Just a hint of in fection, but that works out fine in this beer.
Borresteijn (5001) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBESG Sheffield 2009 Grand Tasting at the Harlequin. Black colour, beige head. Aroma of peat, sour roasted malts, dark fruits. Flavour is a bit sour, roasted coffee, caramel, bit of dark fruits. I really liked this one.