madmitch76 (20700) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
14th April 2016
Bottleshare at Mr Smith’s pad. Thanks to Leighton. Opaque dark brown beer, thin pale tan head. Palate is smooth and semi dry, reasonable fine carbonation. Tangy dark malts, a little dark chocolate. Mild coffee. Spicy licorice. Light semi dry finish. Okay.
mR_fr0g (7795) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Leighton’s place 14/04/2016. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. . Pitch black viscous pour with a lasting ING really dark tan head. Aroma is sweet roast, damp, smokey whiskey, sea salt. Palate is viscous silky, full bodied, lowish carbonation. Very smooth. Flavour is composed of rich dark choc, tart cherry fruit, berry. Black forest gateau. Very good.
teorn88 (5581) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle shared at the mid-April tasting @Leighton’s. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. It pours a dark brown color with a minimal brown head. Aroma is rich chocolatey and roasty with cocoa nibs and red berries. Taste is sweet upfront and then sharp bitter with more cocoa and roasted malts. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty
Leighton (17195) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in W2 - picked up at some bottle shop. Pours oily black with a frothy beige head. Big burnt wood in the nose, some charred herbs, dark chocolate. Medium sweet flavour with strong ashy roast, bitter baking cocoa, aged charred wood, scorched earth, old raisins. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly chewy. Somewhat warming on the finish, with more bitter charred wood, baking cocoa, earth, aged berries. A bit rough-edged but not bad.
Iznogud (1899) - CROATIA - MAR 2, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, at the Plockton Hotel real ale festival. Pours black with tan had. Roasted malts, coffee, hint of alcohol, bit acidic, bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. Not an easy one to drink. Expected more really.
PotjeBier (2417) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity cask @ In De Wildeman. Black color. Frothy beige head, with quite good retention (!). Aroma’s: chocolate, dark berries, roasted malts. Warming up, the berries become less apparent and there’s more roast. Retronasal it’s roasted, umami, moderare bitter, dark chocolate, mocha. Flavor is light sweet, roasted, umami, cocoa. Alcohol feel is rather mild, body is medium, carbonation is low. Finishes with lots of roast, ground coffee, dark chocolate, light bitter. Quite complex and a classic UK Imperial Russian Stout.
nihtila (2542) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at SRAF. Pours black, tiny brown head, oily texture. Nose is roasted malts, plenty of malts, quite muted for the abv. Taste is very malty, cocoa powder, chocolate, light liquorice. A bit watery for the abv, dry cocoa roasty.
AshtonMcCobb (4811) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at the sraf. Close to opaque black with a nice crema head. Dark chocolate and booze. Rich dark chocolate with a coconut underbelly. Big tar finish. It’s not elegant but there is beauty.
tderoeck (7578) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
23/V/15 - 33cl bottle from a trade @ home - BB: n/a (2015-681) Thanks to Niall for the trade!
Clear dark brown to black beer, creamy irregular beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, alcohol, dried fruits, sugary. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: bit sourish, some alcohol, coffee, mocha, sweet caramel, very bitter hops. Aftertaste: caramel, mocha, hoppy, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, lots of bitter hops.
gowdy (954) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Half pint at The Helensburgh Beer Festival. Very dark colour. No head. Quite thick consistency.