tombyars (1316) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in May 1991. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear mahogany in colour with a thick creamy off white head. Strong malty aroma with sweet treacle toffee notes long in intensity. Thick creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a robust maltloaf base with molasses and prunes soaked in syrup. Good hop presence with a earthy, wet leaves and bread notes in the aftertaste. Finish is malty and robust with sweet maple syrup and walnut notes. An excellent Old Ale and worth seeking out in cask. Superb stuff.
Dr_Butty (87) - SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pint that depends upon where you have it, but it’s always good at The Bank Tavern, Keswick. Dark, not quite opaque, fairly flat with a tight, small head. Roasty malt aroma and then distinct coffeeish flavour and balanced bitterness. Good brew for winter evenings
ralphdot (973) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
5.1% dark red colour with a good head, roasted malt aroma and nice roasted flavor, very good on draught or in bottles.
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask@bridgehouse Belfast. Dark ruby with dense off-white foamy head. Aroma of redcurrants and malt extract. Fairly sweet with a touch of treacle. Robust mouth feel.
sjghr (3) - Devon, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brilliant beer. I love the cross-over feel of it - part traditional strong, part porter. Lots of flavour, rich and quite malty. Lovely creamy head.
stravale (1883) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Muckle Cross, Elgin.
Dark ruby brown, rich thick white head. Very good lacing on glass.
Aroma of roasted malt, fruity, hint of chocolate and liquorice.
Taste - Malty with sweet malts, some roasted malt, molasses, hint of liquorice, dark moderately bitter chocolate, bit of coffee. Quite complex. Very good flavour.
Palate - soft carb, smooth mouthfeel, Finish of roast malt, dark bitter chocolate with a background of sweetish caramel and roasted malts.
A very well made beer, flavoursome and smooth. .In very good condition today - impressed with this one!
Bullit (3854) - Burgos, SPAIN - AUG 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Society Room, JDW. Brown-reddish colour, offwhite head. Nose is caramel malts, toffee, wood polish. Flavour is toffee, wood polish, bit of liquorice, nutty. Slightly bitter finish. Well done.
niquillis (783) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at Agricultural Hotel, Penrith. My friends always raved about this, but I’d tried it before and wasn’t keen. Tried it again yesterday and it was good. A smoky, dark ale with complex flavours. Good stuff.
evergreen0199 (1810) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Ealing beer festival 2011. A dark brown coloured pour with a small off white head on top. Roasty, malty aroma. Tastes of dark fruit, roasty, malty, slightly sweet. Had this many times before, a solid brew.
JohnRMurdoch (2957) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ The Society Room JDW. Dark brown colour with a good head. Mild grassy malt aroma. Big caramel, chocolate & nutty flavour. Smooth with coffee aftertaste. A really good bitter.