BlackHaddock (3912) - Shropshire, - NOV 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle with a best before date of May 2013: poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 7th Nov 2012.
Really, really black, we are talking jet here: the full, rich head was a dark tanned foam blanket that trapped the beer in the glass.
The aroma is one of burnt toast and over roasted malt loaves, both of which have been dipped in strong black coffee.
The taste is full on roasted malts: semi-bitter and sharp but with a smooth body feel and some dark chocolate notes to calm everything down a little. Most enjoyable, this brewery is growing on me.
DanielBrown (3868) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Wellington, Birmingham. Really pleasant. Viscous, leathery stout. Gently warming. Balanced, light, but earthy. Some oil.
ABT_S54 (168) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500cl bottle shared in a Leffe glass. Pours black with a light beige coloured head which last longer than most. Aroma is quite powerful with dark fruit notes hitting first. Taste is more of the same with quite a sour black cherry note to it which compliments the richness of the other flavours. Really quite complex with the amount of flavours however, less balanced than the Belgian/American counterparts. Mouthfeel is really very god particularly considering the ABV is "only" 6.66% - which in IMperial Stout terms is about as low as I have tried. One of the better English beers I have tried.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Almost black, thin medium brown head. nice fruit aroma, currants, chocolate, roasted malts. Flavour is oaty, dry, some bitterness, mild coffee and chocolate. Not bad at all!
jmgreenuk (4695) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Poured a deep mahogany with a thin tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, creamy chocolate, coffee, liqourice. The flavour is medium bitter with a spicy hop pepper liqourice palate. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Really liked this.
deanso (5487) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle coyrtesy of and shared with jmgreenuk.
thin tan head. Clear black pour. A lovely rich stout.
jackl (4698) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ The Train Tasting Pt II. Hilariously garish bottle. Nice one, Lymestone. The pour’s brown with a small head. Strong earthy roast coffee on the nose. Quite ashy indeed. The taste is pain au chocolate. Dark chocolate bitterness. Rich roast coffee finish. Moderate heat on it considering the ABV. Medium body, moderate carb. Overall, actually better than I was expecting. A nice beer. Good coffee notes.
mR_fr0g (3437) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle on the second train tasting, black country beer bus bash. Opaque black, with a light tan head. smooth roast, choc. some chalk in the finish. Pretty good balanced beer.
johndoughty (4004) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a small head.Subtle chocolate flavour lingers in the background.Very well balanced with lots of other flavours creeping in.
Easily the best I have had from this brwery.
madmitch76 (15420) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6th July 2013
Black Country Beano. Train Tasting, Inbound! Opaque dark brown - black beer. Little pale tan head. Light palate. Mild chocolate malt goes well with mild dark fruits. Light dry finish. Not bad.
Theydon_Bois (9280) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle on the Black Country Train Tasting Part ZWEI, 06/07/13, thanks to Leighton for the split.
Light black with a thin tan head which clears to a film and edgeing.
Nose is light roast, dark toffee, brown bread.
Taste comprises light chocolate, dark toffee, roast malt, dark fruits.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry roast in the finish.