FaithHealer1 (358) - - OCT 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at North Bar (Magic Rock Halloween takeover). Aroma is brilliant - roasted coffee, chocolate, red wine, a bit of digestive biscuit. Taste is wonderful - the dark chocolate, coffee and raisinish flavours your expect from Dark Arts, but a beautifully mingling plummy character from the red wine, and a vanilla from the barrel. You could easily mistake this for an imperial stout, its got that character. Long, flavourful finish. Utterly beautiful.
radagast83 (3998) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a dark brown color with a small light-tan head. Aroma was dark chocolates, some light barrel and a touch of vinous red wine. Flavor was nice lightly roasted malts, some woody red wine character. Enjoyable.
Frovigalning (2667) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Örebro Ölcafé. Smell of red berries, oak or wood, and red wine. Similar taste but also with roasted notes, coffee and dark chocolate. Thin body and slightly rough.
omhper (18745) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at Olivet Twist, Stockholm. Near black, no head. Licorice aroma with some red wine. Mid dry with medium body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Coffee and licorice with some red wine, mid bitter finish. Good components, but strange marriage.
Beese (929) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft from BrewDog Shepherd’s Bush opening night on 29 November 2013. Poured black with a medium, dense tan head and good lacing. Aroma of roast malt, black cherry, liquorice. Mouth feel was medium. Some sharp bitterness in the initial flavour, with some dark malt, some coffee, but overall lighter than perhaps expected. Finish was also quite light with some oak, espresso and a little grassy hop. Nice, but I prefer the original.
gowdy (677) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at Craig’s house from the Hanging Bat. Very dark, maybe a hint of red. Thin and sweet.
jmgreenuk (3223) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Brewdog Camden. Poured a dark mahogany with a thin white head. The aroma is roasted malt with lots of light sour vinous notes. The flavour is moderate sour weak bitter with a complex malt sour wine oak palate and a short bitter vinous finish. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
kermis (4189) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Brewdog Camden. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roast, red wine, oak and red fruits. Flavour is moderate sweet and over moderate bitter. Very woody in the palate. Light full bodied with soft carbonation.
teorn88 (1911) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at Brewdog Shep Bush. It pours a deep brown colour with a small beige head, Aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, wood, sweet red wine. Taste is mildly roasty with dark chocolate, coffee and port flavours. Some vanilla and dark fruit notes too. Very good.
maneliquor (2726) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at BD Shepherds Bush. Pours black with thin brown bubbles on top. Touch of lacing left about. Very vinous and sweet nose. Vibrant raspberries and citric juice combine with light aniseed and roast. Taste is liquorice forward with vinous red grapes, raspberries and blueberries, savoury olives and and dark fruit with thin milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Solid but nothing spectacular
mR_fr0g (1770) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Brewdog Shepard’s Bush opening night. Aroma is really nice light choc and tart raspberry light funk. Opaque black caramel pour with a steadfast light tan head. Flavour is choc, tart raspberry, grape skin tanin . lingering choc touch of roast. . palate is light and crisp carbonic acid bite. Tasty beer with layers of depth.