Mr_Pink_152 (1049) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Sawn Inn Almondsbury. Deep black colour with a tan head. Aroma has toasted malts. The taste has toasted malt too but was a touch watery, and had a acrid aftertaste.
imdownthepub (10662) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Very dark brown with tan head. There is a sweet, oily character to this, some plumminess, some ageing wine like notes. The sweetness does tend to dominate somewhat, hints of dark roasted barley. It’s ok.
BeerViking (2693) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Kings Tun, pours black with a tan head, smooth and fruity at first, then richer as it loses the cellar chill. The nose has old wine, plus hints of plum and coffee. Dry, fruity and faintly plummy-tart, halfway between watery and creamy, roasted malt with a touches of ash.
mr_h (3108) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask by hand-pump at Camperdown Place, Glasgow (2014 Winter Festival) - opaque dark brown near black, good tan head, roasted malty aroma with fruity sweetness, negligible lacing, sweet, creamy, fruity, oily feel, good carbonation
leaparsons (8323) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, The Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Oadby. Near black with a thin head. Aromas are nutty dark chocolate and earthy coffee with blackberries. Some underlying toffee with cheap cola and spicy notes. Flavours are sweet cola with herbal liquorice and roast malts. Leafy, peppery hops. Decent.
Osprey87 (2061) - WALES - OCT 31, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Sir John Oldcastle JDW. Black with a red tinge, small tan head, no lacing. Body is light, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is sweet, watery, touch of chocolate (but not good chocolate - more like Hershey’s), maybe paint, no bitterness at all so it gets a little insipid. Not much to it.
Theydon_Bois (9990) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Victoria Station Spooneria, 23/10/14.
Light black with a moderate tan covering that clears to the edge.
Nose is dark fruits, light roast, tobacco, toffee.
Taste comprises fruit cake, salted caramels, liqourice, light spice.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying close.
cgarvieuk (15177) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the standing order... Deep black... Thick tan head... Soft sweet chocolate roast malts nose... Soft chocolate roast... Dark malts... Oddly far too cold... Dark fruits roast
madmitch76 (16117) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
17th October 2014
Crosse Keys Spoons. Cask. Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is softish and semi dry. Good fine carbonation. Smooth and mild dark malts, trace of roast. Some tang and an odd dark malt sweetness. Smooth finish. Fine.
jjsint (929) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Bankers Draft, Bedford. Verydark brown with a light brown head. Looks gorgeous. Not much aroma: a bit of caramel but that’s about all. There’s a savoury bitterness to it. Unbalanced but pleasant nonetheless. Aftertaste is too acrid, reminuscent of mid-afternoon diner coffee. It is a trifle artificial. The mouthfeel is slight but silky. A mixed bag but I enjoyed it all in all.