Nocturne (1795) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Dark amber with plenty of creamy head. Loads of lacing. Nice aroma with malts and some alcohol poking through. Lovely mouthfeel with some pronounced fruitiness and a bitter finish. My memory of the cask version was that the fruit shone through even more, but unless you’re fortunate enough to have this brew on tap locally the bottled version will certainly suffice. A beer I’ll return to many more times.
TheCametron (2347) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Bow Bar. Dark red brown with off white head. coffee and fruity chocolate. Light hoppy dryness. Very nice.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at The Bow Bar. Pours a very dark ruby colour with a thick, light tan head. Aroma of coffee caramel, chocolate and alcohol. Similar flavours of roast malt, coffee and chocolate. Very tasty and just a little dry to finish. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.
JohnRMurdoch (4365) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 Cask @ The Bow Bar. Rich dark brown colour, good head. Roasted coffee malt aroma & flavour. Sweet aftertaste. Not bad.
AleManTom (195) - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from Goyt Valley Wine in Whaley Bridge. A splendid bottled ale, black coloured with a slight tanned head. Fruit aroma, malty, chocolate taste with a lingering bitter finish.
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 On cask at JDW, Stoke. Pours dark ruby with a foam head. Some hops and dark fruits but a bit too malty for my liking.
On cask at Coachmakers, Hanley - 06/11/14. A fine example of a strong bitter must have been in much better condition than when I had it 3 years ago.
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 30/6/2011. Dark brown with a slight tan head. Floral hop and caramel aroma. Sweetish, chocolate and toffee flavour with a contrasting and pleasant bitter finish. Good.
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Baron. Deep ruby with a tight beige drum. Good aroma with berry skins, a dusting of cocoa, blackcurrant.. Fine and soft with a pleasant blackcurrant and orange tang, discreetly floral hops, cranberry hints. Bittering milky coffee, nut husk and well done toast finish. A grower. Good brew.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2012 Cask conditioned handpump Fowler & Co Ryde. A very dark brown to ruby coloured beer with off-white bubbles for a head. A very tasty, malty old ale like beer with extra hopping. Good bready and brown fruit flavours. Nuts in the nose. Signs of roastiness. A very good and complex beer. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.8 Score unaltered
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Cross Keys, JDW. Pours a slightly murky brown with an off-white, foam head. Faint toast malts in the nose, some ripe fruit perhaps. Medium sweet flavor, dry, rich toast with Nutella maybe. Hints of yeast and nuts. Light caramel and some butter. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Dryish finish, some brown sugar, earthy bitterness, bread, light grass. An interesting beer, seems a bit conflicted, maybe suffering a crisis of identity, but not altogether bad.