viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Syrupy, initially bitter, then fading to a sweet and sustained aftertaste. An appealing appearance, very dark, with very moderate carbonation and a tiny amount of white bubbles. A lovely beer to sip gently but it gets too sweet after half a pint.
downender (5912) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On gravity at the winter beer festival, the Three Tuns, Bristol 23/2/2013. Near black with a thin tan head. Aroma of vanilla fudge, milk chocolate and some toasty malts. Flavour was sweet, with more chocolate, leading to a very smooth, dryish finish with a touch of warming alcohol. Good, but too sweet for my taste.
ryan7stars (1) - rugby, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fantastic example of this beer style. Would be a must recommend to any fans of stronger beers.
thepeter (274) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like crude oil into the glass with little head or lacing but a stillness that you can get lost in and legs like a glass of Borolo (maybe not that leggy but nice still!) Aromas of Cocoa, molasses, Licorice, and a hint of coffee bitterness. the taste is similar but way more intence on the licorice slightly more on the Molasses and more of a sweet chocolate flavor at the begining with the same slight bitter coffee towards the end. An oily texture, Low carbonation and a fantastic full body, falls down the throat and filled me with warmth. A great beer that I will seek out in the future. Overall one that is again better than the sum of its parts.
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask. Very deep brown colour, small beigeish brown colour. Aroma is roasted malts, liquorice, some ashes and dark dry fruits. Flavour is similar in a rather nice balance. Hides the alcohol very well.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On gravity at the Ely Winter Beer Festival. Pours a very dark brown colour with a lacy light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, liquorice and caramel. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - roasted caramel and molasses with toffee chocolate and dried fruit
A - black with Guiness head
T - light sweet with full controlled roasted bitter
P - full as can be and creamy
O - beautiful...worthy of number 900
FatPhil (8585) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2012 Cask (CWAF2012, Thurs)
Quoth Phil: First beer of the day, and I know this will be beer of the festival already! Superbly estery aroma, a stout with attitude. Dark dark, and a large tight spongy tan head - a wonderful tribute to cask conditioning. My god, those retronasals are glorious, this is packed full of fruits and esters. The roast is sublime - so rich, and yet with no astringency at all. It’s gently sweet, which helps keep any burntness in check and also make the strength very easily palatable. So smooth and full in the mouth, and with a lovely little bit of tickly carbonation. The finish really brings out the roast - this is great stuff. World class imperial stout.
Anna adds: Little liquorice, builds in the mouth, defo 5 palate. Tasty!
swooper (1243) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask Devonshire arms Cambridge. Sweet and light hoppy aroma. Totally dark with aminimal brown head. Heavy sweetness almost i can feel alcohol. But nice warmy body like a heatings. Full body full mouth beer. Good but too sweet for better rating
sm89walt (1716) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask - The White Lion, Norwich. Poured with a fine and tight bubbly tan head that disappeared to leave a ring of foam around a deep and dark ruddy opaque brown body. Sweet, perfumy fruits on the nose, juicy with a drop of palma violet and some roast. Sweet and fruity again on the tongue, some perfume, liquorice, warmth and a light bitterness. Soft, medium body and a lingering sweetness with a delicate chocolate note beforehand.