MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from the Bottle Stop.
Opaque black brown with a good beige head. Sweet malt aroma with bread and yeast. Nice lightly sour flavour with nice malty notes and some very slight but welcome bitterness. Hints of toffee. Nice and tangy and sharp. Not amazing but interesting.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle- pours nearly opaque with a tan foamy head with large bubbles smells smokey peaty and earthy tastes sweet with a balance of smoked malts. strong metallic tastes pervades the beer.
Furseth (2031) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark brown colour, flat head. Aroma of coffee,dark choclate,and a fruity/citric nose. Flavor is a like the aroma,has also a smouth thin mouth feeling, with a medium coffee finish.
pivnizub (9531) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Very dark amber coloured, medium-sized, lacing off-white head; distinctive roast-malty and fruity nose; moderate sweet-bitter flavour, light to medium-bodied; mild sweet-fruity finish with a malty bitterness and a smoked touch in the aftertaste. A very tasty and pleasant beer..........
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown with a good sized off-white head. Roasted malt, coffee and a hint of smoke in the aroma. Medium body. Flavour is big and roasty, very nice, with smoky and sour notes around the edges. Very good porter.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JUN 7, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A near black beer with a nice creamy head. the aroma is of roasted malt. Tha flavour has a little sourness and is roasted with hints of chocolate. High sweetness and light body. The finish is quite dry. Drinkable but not exciting.
cgarvieuk (18566) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 Deep ruby in colour, with a sweet smokey nose, and lost of smokey roast malt fruit. flavours.3.4
cask at cloistrs ... deep brown black ... light smoke roast malts ... very sweeet berry fruits ... hint of sourness 3.7
cask at guildford arms ... deep brown ... thin tan head .. soft blackcurrant malt fruits nose... nice mellow roast malts ... soft chocolate
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - APR 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark ruby, thin tan head. Nose is malty, toasted, liquorice. Mouth is slightly fruity, toasted malt, treacle. Palate is a bit thin, really, more liquorice and treacle that lasts for a long time. Slightly sweet, some bitterness at the end.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Half pint on cask at the Maltings, York. Basically pitch black with a brown head that doesn’t last nearly through the first sip. Aroma is slightly roast malt but moreso a bit sour and sweet; a fruitiness develops that I wasn’t at all expecting. Taste is slightly lactic and marginally acidic in other ways, with a pervasive roast character and again a sweet, fruity note as opposed to the chocolate or toasted aspect I would’ve expected. Lacking in depth overall, the ale isn’t full on the tongue but isn’t necessarily slight either. Average in almost every respect.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A creamy sheet of foam tops the burgundy black dusk.
-Faint fruitiness and leafy hops devise a convivial yet unmemorable aroma.
-Black grape vinosity and dry roastiness first approach the tastebuds.
-Carbonation’s very low, but the body’s well fed so there is no problem with the mouthfeel.
What if you dig deeper?
-Some sourness accompanies the supporting wooden and leafy hoppiness.
-This sourness is worrisome, but somehow fits quite well with the fruity flavors.
-This dusty sourness, coupled with the engaging fruitiness, would make a worthy old ale; but I’m not sure this cask is in good condition.
On cask at Prince of Wales, Aberdeen.
Note: a bottled version tasted later revealed no sourness at all, but instead a roasty and lightly fruity svelte porter.