wimpyjoe (4657) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Black ale with a creamy light brown head to begin with. Its strength is dominant in all aspects of its character. Has little taste.
Rune (8584) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
We were happy to find this festival ale at Crosse Keys, City. Cask, poured into a nice little one-third pint glass. Low, tan-coloured head to a deep, near black coloured body. Smell of dark malts and dried fruits like prunes. Anise, raisin, prunes and dark bread can be detected in the flavour profile leading to a malt bitter end. Medium bodied. One of the best at JDWs real ale festival. Another one the next day at JDWs Ice Wharf (London, 05.11. and 6.11.2012).
berkshirejohn (4708) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the Claude du Vall (JDW), Camberley. Deep chocolate brown with a cherry red glow and a tight tan head; sour fruity aroma; thick and syrupy in the mouth, with rich nutty malts and some sour fruit and milk chocolate; the finish is dry and woody, with soem caramel that just masks the alcohol.
yespr (32988) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From cask at Camperdown Place. Pours clearand golden orange with a small white and creamy head. Aroma is toasted malty and light breadish, caramelish towards sweet. Sweet, caramelish and light toasted finish.
Nocturne (912) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at JDW. Darkest amber with a light brown head. Burnt caramel and light smokey campfire aroma. More burnt caramel in the taste with a long, evolving dark fruitiness and hints of chocolate and tobacco. Fairly thick but very bloated palate that stretches the flavours too thinly around a vacuum. A few flaws here but a nice strong ale with some complex flavours.
Leighton (12237) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW, London. Pours clear, red-brown wih a fine, tan cream head. Nose is mostly dark fruits, some dark bread and light alcohol. Medium sweet flavour with lightly roasted malts, dark fruits, burnt sugars, dark berries, a bit of booze, some dark toasted bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Mild warmth to finish with lightly charred malts, burnt sugars, overripe berries, raisins, dirt. It’s OK stuff, but you can easily do a lot more at this ABV.
Jonb5 (397) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half pint. Black colour, almost opaque, brown edge, tiny head. Aroma was malt with hints of cranberry. Tasted malt, was a bit stoutlike, finish had some burn from the booze. Texture was like thin syrup, light carbonation. Overall the character didn’t match the burn that came from the alcohol.
leaparsons (8399) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, Last Plantagenet, Leicester. Very dark brown with a cream thin head. Aromas are berries and raisins with chocolate and light roast coffee. Marzipan with hints of smoke and herbal, medicinal aspects. Lemon with molasses and some vinous notes. Flavours are chocolate and tobacco with raisins and burnt toffee. Fruity and dry on the finish with Some dark chocolate and grapefruit bitterness. Quite peppery on the palate.
jackl (5059) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ The Willow Walk. The pour’s deep brown with a medium off-white head. The nose is nuts, light chocolate and caramel. Some mild cracked black pepper. The taste is cocoa, red berry, some chocolate cake, roasted grain and brown sugar. Hints of roasted tobacco. Smooth malt body, slightly astringent finish. Overall, not bad, not great.
cgarvieuk (15388) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cask at sordeer ... dark brown black ... thin tan head ... soft dark malts ... light plum roast ... sweet roast ... mellow malts ... light coffee roast ... very soft and smooth ... very nice