mon8 (3) - Papworth Everard, Ca, Cambridgeshire, - JUN 26, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Liquid black jack chews, lovely aroma and so quaffable it’s downed in the blink of an eye.
BlackHaddock (2350) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand pulled pint in the excellent ‘Maypole’, Cambridge, England (Nov 2011).
My full UK pint sleeve held a really dark brown, almost black brew: almost no head, but it still looked interesting.
Liquorice in the aroma and taste, loads of it: Black Jack Chews in a liquid form, intense and in your face. With such a powerful base flavour it was difficult to find any other flavours and although I have called it a Dark Mild for a BA style it isn’t really anything like a Mild, or anything else for that matter: this isn’t a beer that you can pigeon hole into a single category.
The 4%ABV sits nicely and the mouth feel about right: this isn’t rich or creamy, sweet or sour: it’s all about liquorice.
Luckily I like liquorice and I highly recommend this beer if you do too: if you can’t stand liquorice give the beer a miss.
thepegjett (1262) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - big coffee
A - very dark with thin head
T - quite bitter
P - full and soft
O - decent
FatPhil (7496) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gravicask (Cambridge Winter Ale Festival 2010)
Two things in the aroma - pork fat, and liquorice. Taste is liquoricey and sweetly mushroomy. Very dark brown. Some butter perhaps, and some raisins in the finish, but I don’t find the butter to be a problem. Malt loaf too, according to Phil more than Anna.
chriso (7254) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask (gravity dispense). Beer #15 at Cambridge Winter Beer Festival on 21 January 2011. Very dark - almost black with a ruby tinge. Opaque. No head. Scant condition. Bucket-loads of licorice in the aroma, carrying through onto the palate. Not bad (if you are fond of licorice). Difficult to place style-wise.