swooper (1242) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, - FEB 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
light caramel and malty aroma, total dark colour with brown head which falls in half minute. medium sweetness, medium bitterness, sweet bitter symphony i can say first caramel sweetness coming to bitterness in the end which are in balance. full body, slick feel, average carbonation, very full stout, i thing after two would be under table, but brilliant taste
BlackHaddock (2880) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 Apr 2012: hand-pulled pint in my local Wetherspoons. Black as the ace of spades with very little head showing, this looked a mean brew.
The aroma given off was of roasted, slightly burnt malts with a nutty feel (like an over cooked nut roast, that veggie’s eat).
Sweeter in the mouth than the nose: some caramel hints in with the malty nut roast.
Deep and thick bodied, couldn’t call it ‘rich’ or ‘creamy’, but certainly had a depth of flavour.
An OK Stout.
Gary (1200) - Rochester, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 (cask @ Victoria Station- Wetherspoon). God bless roasted malt . I missed my train home accidently on purpose so I could down several pints of this suave ,smooth black liquid . I was content to wait . This beer was vibrant , it spoke to my senses the refreshing simplicity and beauty of cask beer , especially the merits to a stout .This black liquid is living and wants to screw you. There is generous amounts of smooth roasted malt benefits ..coffee ,roasty bitterness. dark chocolate notes ...rather winey and raisiny . Lovely dry finish that twists your arm and makes you buy another . Excellent!!!!
mr_h (2075) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask by handpump at Henglers Circus, Glasgow (5 May 12) - very dark red ale, creamy tan head, roasted malt and chocolate aroma, good temperature, roasted malt, coffee, toffee,smooth, easy to drink
stravale (1678) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ JDW Inverness...Only brief notes here.....
Very dark brown black, tan head....Aroma of roasted malts...Taste of deep roasted malt, touch of burnt wood, dark malts, bit of dark toffee, rich soft burnt flavour. Palate - soft carb, medium body. Finish - quite a complex rich roast malt finish.
tombyars (1266) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in March 1994. Cask, gravity dispense. Ruby black in colour with a thin buff head. Strong roast malt and walnuts in the lingering aroma. Thin oily mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark complex malts give a moist maltloaf base with treacle toffee, chewy chocolate, mocha coffee and syrupy dates. Slight dusty note of hop resins give a brief nod to the aftertaste. Finish is rich and malty with roast grain, old leather, liquorice and walnuts adding a dryness to the sweetness. This is a complex beer full of flavour and tastes a bit like an Old Ale rather than a stout. Superb in cask and worth seeking out.
Scopey (4570) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Blackfriars, Aberdeen. It pours black, with a ruby tinge and a foamy beige head. The nose is chocolate, dark fruit, charcoal and soap. The taste is chocolate, liquorice, varnish, cherry, dark fruit, roasted malt, charcoal and some alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Medium to full body, fine carbonation, velvety mouth-feel and good balance. Nice.
BeerViking (1783) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask/gravity at the Sultan beer festival. Deep black, aromas of treacle and a hint of dried plum and coffee, rich and treacley in the mouth, with full roasty notes and just a balancing hint of chocolate. Delicious.
thepegjett (1261) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Roasted coffee and nuttiness
A - Dark, almost black with thick brown head
T - Nice sweet with toasted bitter
P - Full and soft
O - Great full bodied stout
Theis (12122) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at GBBF 2011 - Tuesday. Black - ni head. Black malts, burned, high malty, oiley, coffee, chocolate, berries, fruity, sweetness, roasted, nutty. Nice.