Nuffield (3772) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big first impression, strong, big flavor. Great palate, dense without being overbearing. My friend, not a big beer geek, wrote on my notepad: "After taste of long-johns discovered at the bottom of the laundry basket". A bit unfair, I thought. (on cask at the York Tap, York)
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Bow Bar. Big gingerbread, treacle, light vanilla nose. Nice balance of sweet and roasty, warm ginger, liquorice, dark chocolate, rich vanilla malts, treacle. Soft roast bitter finish. Lovely.
hlc (10) - - JUL 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
not much ginger on the aroma, but this leads to wonderfully complex drink the ginger hiding under a great malt profile that holds its bitterness and tiny underlying bitterness holding it all together, really a must try.
madmitch76 (17497) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
14th June 2012
Bottle at the CP&K, Scopey’s Birthday Bash. Cheers Leighton. Opaque dark brown beer. Small pale tan head. Light airy palate, fairly dry. Very mild dark malts with a little lacto. Mild mellow ginger. Finishes sweet with mellow ginger warmth. A good idea this beer but I think would work better if it was bigger and richer but I guess it would then lose it’s heritage.
zacgillbanks (3003) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Trembling Madness in York. A black beer that pours with a large foamy cream head. It has an initial hit of chocolate and ginger followed by a sweet liquorice finish. Superb! Bottle Conditioned.
Scopey (8552) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to Leighton. It pours very dark brown, with a thin tan head. The nose is dark fruit, blackcurrant, blueberry, ginger and chocolate. The taste is ginger, spice, charcoal, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, wood and burnt toast, with a dry-roasty finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Decent stuff.
jackl (5503) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Many thanks to Leighton for the pour. Deep brown color with a brownish-orange head. The nose is ginger cookies and sugar. Mild hints of vanilla bean and chocolate powder. The taste is taste is mild light vanilla and white chocolate. Spiced christmas cake and mild ginger powder. Mildly dry finish. A bit thin in the body, soft carbonation. Overall, I like the integration of flavors, but the thin mouthfeel marks this down a bit!
Leighton (13647) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Paul’s big birthday bash at CPK, London. Pours brown with a moderate, foamy beige head. Big ginger nose with some nice chocolate accents. Medium to big sweet flavor with loads more ginger, light roast and some dark chocolate. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Robust ginger finish with light sting, modest roast, good chocolate. Fantastic balance. Great integration between the ginger and chocolate character. Of course you need to like ginger to enjoy this beer, but the overall balance and nuance here is excellent.
leaparsons (8728) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dull black with a thin beige foam. Aromas are toffee and roast malts with ginger. Smoky with cocoa husk and hazelnuts. Flavours are roast malt with dark chocolate and nuts. Spicy ginger with raisins and lemon. Gets better as it warms up.
DruncanVeasey (7554) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle, Inspire, Coventry, 22/02/12. Still pitch with a tan halo. Some ginger nuts in the aroma but I wouldn’t have picked them out blind; red apple, blackcurrant. Juicy stout with blackcurrant and apple fruit but what happened to the ginger? Thin bodied. Some bitter chocolate and well done pistachio. Decent flavours but as 6.5% stouts go, deeply average.