Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Colin for this bottle. A black beer with a thick tan head. Lovely port, chocolate, coffee and roasty malt nose. Flavours similar with a chewy mouth-feel. Heavily carbonated and a little CO2 prickle. Long chocolate linger and well balanced alcohol. Delicious!
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Marble Arch Inn.
This is the bottled Port infused version of the cask Stouter Stout. Blacker than a lump of coal with an initial huge rocky tan foam that settles to an almost permanent head. Wow, what a smell. A fantastic blend of rich chocolate and port. Hints of coconut and vanilla cream topped off with some glorious aromatic hops and a delicate but glorious lick of the house ginger. Marble can certainly make good smelling stouts. The flavour follows on similarly to the aroma but I canít help but feel it is just a little young and hasnít settled down yet. The hops give a slight soapy note (also present in the Decadence when it was just released). Iím sure it will fade soon. That aside itís full of luvverly rubbery, black maltiness with a rich fruity and creamy character. A proper English stout with an excellent bitter finish. In fact itís like a cask beer feel from a bottle and Iím impressed. Itís certainly up there with the best bottled English stouts I have had.
ladnewton (1238) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Craft Beer Co, London on 4th April 2012. Ink black with thin part-lacing grey head. Pungent aroma with smoke notes. Roast malts, coffee and lacticity in-mouth, along with smoke and herbiness leading to a rich and complex end. Engaging texture. Delicious.
weaselkenievil (1094) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I should have just drank this at the Marble Arch Inn, but thanks to my beer guru, my brother Mes, I got a bottle to taste at the mother hubbard of all tastings with Reakt, Moby and our kid. A belting stonking mighty brew. Smells gorgeous. The most neckable porter I’ve had. Read my brothers rate for a proper description, if you want a recommendation, take mine, Bloody lovely stuff.
worldbeertaste (1361) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown almost black with a thin, sticky, lasting tan head. Smells of full deep roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee and port/spirit. Frothy medium oily body with soft carbonation. A bit prickly. Tastes of deep roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Initial taste of port but fades very quickly. Some overall dryness is not my preference. Slightly grassy finish. Generally very rich and nice to drink. Itís clearly high quality but not as amazing as it could be.
Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
TFODRBSG08 Courtesy of Brugmansia/Fonefan. This lovely stout is black and the head is dense, creamy and very lasting. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, hops and licorice and coffee. The flavour has a both hoppy and roasted bitterness, notes of roasted malt, dark fruits, licorice and a little coffee. I’m a sucker for beers with this ABW and flavour like they were a lot higher, this is one of them.
Leighton (8593) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ChrisOís Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011. Pours dark brown with a big, beige head. Dark malt nose, hard alcohol and mocha hints. Medium sweet flavor, slight age to the malts, mocha, moderate roast, slight chalk. Medium bodied with soothing, average carbonation. Smooth finish, more moderate roast, aged mocha. Nice.
planky84 (1786) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chris Oís pre GBBF shindig. Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Chocolate and coffee nose. Smoke, chocolate malt and coffee flavour. Smooth roasty finish. Tasty.
cgarvieuk (12163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 bottle at home 2010 vintage(or early 2011)... darkest black ... big bubbly tan head ... soft chocolate ovaltine malt nose ... big ovaltine front ... sweet malts front ... big chocolate ... light bitter ....light charcoal linger ... hint of coffee ... tiny woody sour tinge ... quite nice all told
Bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... light oxidised malt nose ... dark fruits ... soft chocolate malt ... soft coffee roast ... soft easy 3.7
leaparsons (7483) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Near black with a beige foam. Aromas are burnt toast and coffee with hazelnut syrup. Herbal liquorice with cocoa. Vinous with dark chocolate and blackberry. Light marzipan with hints of smoke. Flavours are cola and chocolate with coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Grapefruit with spices and earthy, smoky notes. Good.