jmgreenuk (1275) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Connolly’s Wines, Solihull. Poured a dark mahogany with a thin tan short-lived head. The aroma is of butter and malt. The flavour is medium bitter with liquorice, chocolate and a creamy, fruity, smooth palate. One of the nicest stouts I’ve tasted for sure. Well done Ludlow!
TickerTerryDJ (635) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand pulled at Seven Stars,Kidderminster.This is a good looking near black beer sporting a smallish tan head.A dark chocolate aroma appears firest off followed by a smokyey nutty smell.In the taste the chocolate is joined by licquorice and coffee.Roasted malt is present throughout.This is a pleasant easy drinking beer but as stouts go i prefer a thicker,heavier body.That said,this is on quite often at the Stars and i usually sample one.
DruncanVeasey (6101) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: one of Octo’s ’sharing bottles’. Deep pitch with a dirty cream collar. Rusted iron, Bovril, shellfish, big dollop of butter in black coffee aroma. Buttered rust, rust-sprinkled black coffee with dunked burnt paper flavour. Thin, rusty and schwarz-like. Not without interest.
jfb (2517) - GERMANY - JUN 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) pours a darkest clear ruby-brown colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of brown sugar, toasted malts and light bread dough, with a hint of milk chocolate and cornflakes. flavour is mostly the same, toasted malts and chocolate dominate, with some light caramel and leafy hops in the finish. watery body with soft carbonation.
BlackHaddock (2350) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand pulled half pint at The Cock Hotel, Wellington Nov 2011: a well known real ale pub in Shropshire.
Lovely dark body, almost jet black: on top a thin head of tan coloured foam, the head staying as it left lacing down the glass.
Sweet chestnuts roasting over an open fire? Well almost, it did have a roasted nutlike aroma with some dark chocolate stirred in.
The taste was a good blend of flavours, that dark chocolate again, some liquorice and malty molasses, all very slightly smoked. Not a sweet stout, but although it had a dry finish you wouldn’t call it a bitter stout either, an in between one then!
Body could have been richer and deeper, but at 4.5% ABV it held its own, just.
A pleasant night cap on the evening it was reviewed, not sure I’d have a session on it though.
downender (5187) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars, Bristol 7/09/2011. Near black with a slight tan head. Dark chocolate and roasted malt aroma with a touch of fruit. Easy drinking, with more chocolate, liquorice and a dryish finish. Good.
tommann (1988) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Seven Stars, Kidderminster. Pours near pitch black with a medium head. Aroma is is bitter, roast malt, with some coffee. The bitter coffee starts on the tongue and the finish is also very bitter, with some dark chocolate. It was a little watery, could do with a slightly fuller mouthfeel.
johndoughty (3283) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a deli in ludlow.Dark with a small head. Creamy liquorice flavour with a trace of herbs. A bit thin. With a bit more body it would have
been a standout beer. As it was it was still different and pleasant.
DJMonarch (9153) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Stillage from the Cellar at the Wellington, Sheffield 22/08/2009
Some roast aroma. Dark coloured and smooth on the palate with a little fruit flavour. Hints of dryness and bitterness in a roast finish.