berkshirejohn (4487) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2011 50cl bottle from Londis, Barlaston, Staffs. Reddish chestnut with a foaming caramel coloured head; aroma of spiced caramel and apple; rich fruity flavour, thinner than expected; then a dry caramel finish with a hint of smoke and a gentle bitterness. Really nice.</br></br>Cask at the Standard Bearer (JDW), Stevenage. Just as good as the bottled version. Dark ruby in colour with a creamy head; rich fruity and earthy taste with a smooth, dry finish. Rather like Hobgoblin.
jmgreenuk (4258) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin bubbly light tan head. The aroma is malt light caramel and red berry fruit. The flavour is medium to strong bitter, light sweet with a slightly watery strong hop liqourice bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Nice and drinkable but the liqourice does dominate and that’s not so good.
RichardGretton (4240) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black beer with a strong head. The aroma is mildly roasted, and the flavour is pretty deeply roasted with a deeply bitter and fortified body and finish. Overall a really flavoursome beer.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Dark brown with a small off white head. Ashy log fire aroma. Sweet, thick leathery taste with dates and prunes, thick, rich... I almost want to say meaty, like a cup of Bovril. Mid bitter finish. Full of character. Almost like a Hopshackle beer.
johndoughty (3960) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Much better than their Foundation Stone. In fact a cracking beer. Dark with a small head and a fruity maltiness.
A bit thin for its strength but stilll well balanced with a complexity of flavours that was most interesting.
wimpyjoe (3780) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Traditional ale that stands up well against the designer styles. Dark ruby coloured ale, lacks a decent head but its mild sweet character makes up for it. Medium bodied with a medium bitterness.
BlackHaddock (3645) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand pulled pint in a local pub 10 Nov 2011: Dark ruby red body, almost black unless held up to a light source: on top sat a head that was creamy in colour and texture.
The taste and smells were very similar, bittering hops (Styrian Goldings, Millenium and Nugget according to the website) and roasted/toasted malts (Crystal and Chocolate malts). The hops just about won the smelling contest, the malts triumphing in the taste, the beer being slightly malt sweet with some mild hop bitterness in the finish.
Easy to drink and the body strength hides the 5.4% ABV nicely.
JohnRMurdoch (3253) - 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.
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.
RichTheVillan (2766) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; mahogany brown pour with a frothy beige head, wet cardboard aroma, taste has dark fruits with a hint of chocolate.