mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear brown, beige head. aroma of toffee, espresso, chocolate, roast and raisins. a bitter with some very stout-ish qualities. flavours of bitter chocolate, medicinal dried fruit, roasted coffee, dark bread and earthy hops. quite nice.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Morrisonís. Dark brown. Aroma of toast, chocolate, dark fruit. Good body. Finish equally fruity and hoppy. Well balanced premium bitter.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Morissons, High Wycombe - part of the pick and mix promotion. I donít agree with this being classified as a premium bitter. Pours deep brown with a fluffy white lasting head. Strong, richly malty aroma of coffee, chocolate and tobacco smoke. Also in the nose is some apparent alcohol, biscuity malt and a metallic edge. First sip is rich and malty with almost sour notes, cigarettes (eww!), stewed coffee and no apparent hop character but a very bitter, slightly acidic finish. As I progress down the glass I begin to detect hints of fruit, malt sweetness and alcohol. Bold and flavoursome with many rough edges, this certainly is not the sum of itís parts, and despite much promise it fails on many levels. Average, should have been a lot better, although it certainly does warm on you.
highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious English chocolate-accented strong bitter. Poured a coppery brown colour with a lasting beige head. The nose is a medley of chocolate, cocoa powder and malt. Creamy mouthfeel, with lots of chocolate in the body and a smooth, mildly bitter hop finish. Almost stout-like in body. Some port-like notes. God, this is good. (Bottle)
scotty (1014) - SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottled) Good colour with a fine lacy head. Subdued nose at first but roasted malts start to shine through. A satisfying weighty palate gives way and those roasted malts make their encore, lingering on the finish, having been joined by gentle spicy notes. Reminds me of Old Peculiar, only better.
Oggie Dogg (4) - Fullham, London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Chestnut red with firm, frothy off-white head which held on throughout. Excellent malty aroma with light burnt, nutty and caramel flavours. Balanced bitter tang with mild sweetness throughout. Great with spicy foods.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish colour with dense off-white head. Aroma has some smoked malts with some toffee and chocolate. Roasted flavor with some fruit and chocolate, nice bitter finish.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Dark amber colour with a frothy tan coloured head. Smoky toffee and chocolate aroma. Distinct toffee flavour with a nutty and floral bitter finish. Light to medium bodied.
JonMoore (1649) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle.Poured a reddish brown colour, with moderate, shorish lived head. Malty, coffee aroma, sweet, malty and coffee taste, with bitter aftertaste, Creamy, slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Very good indeed.
johndoughty (3528) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice sized head upon pouring.Dark and malty reminding me of a brown ale with a bitter edge.Quite pleasant.