TheCametron (1516) - 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.
tombyars (1269) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival in October 2012. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear dark garnet in colour with a thin but creamy off white head. Hints of roast malt and bitter chocolate notes in the slight aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malt complex give a rich maltloaf base with juicy berry fruits evident. Bramble, plum and then tart woody redcurrants come to the fore as they start to intensify. Strong hop presence noted with resiny bitterness coming through in the dry almost peppery aftertaste. Finish has the malt just about edging it with roast malt, oak cask and chocolate flavours rolling in the mouth. A decent Old Ale in style and well recommended.
undercurrent25 (1178) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black in colour, almost Guinness like in appearance, taste is rich and smooth, strong but not overpowering
SarkyNorthener (1084) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@the billiard hall, west brom. Dark ruby beer with medium head and good lacing. Aroma of malts. Taste is chocolate, dark treacle, bramble hedge fruits and malts. Full bodied and chewey. I liked this, very nice.
niquillis (771) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask,gravity at Redditch Beer Festival,Worcestershire.Ruby colour pour with very small head.Aroma on the light side but nice hints of berries.Fruit,malt and caramel flavour with a hoppy finish.Didnt really notice the alcohol content.
foxo82 (597) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Best Western Malt House Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent. Pours a dark, cloudy, cola brown with a small head. Cracking aroma of burnt sugar, syrup, malt, brandy sauce and Christmas pudding. The taste is bitter, hoppy and very long but, if Iím honest, not one I really enjoyed - Benylin cough medicine with a bitter aftertaste. It lacked the depth and range of flavour that its appearance and aroma promised.
Nocturne (546) - 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 youíre fortunate enough to have this brew on tap locally the bottled version will certainly suffice. A beer Iíll return to many more times.
a_cross (472) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; a lovely deep ruby colour, with a thin but lasting nicotine coloured head; a roast malt and baked fruit aroma; high carbonation; slightly sweet; roast malt amd bitter chocolate in the taste, with a little spice; a hoppy finish with some fruit; perhaps slightly over-carbonated but plenty going on and all told a pretty tasty drink.
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.