fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (handpump) @ Tavern, WA1, Warrington. Clear black color with a small virtually none off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, dark chocolate, coffee mild, burnt, licorice. Initial flavor is moderate sweet, finish flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.
Fin (6674) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Merton Summer Beer Festival 06-07-07 This was another one that I tried prior to the festival but also got to taste once or twice thereafter. Poured black without much of a head. This tasted a bit like putting one’s finger into a jar of cocoa (but very dark bitter cocoa) there was some creaminess there but it was very much held back, it finished off in a nice roasty dry fashion. Maybe it was me but unusually I just didn’t get on with many of the dark beers this weekend and felt that I’ve short changed them a bit with my ratings, I will try again and hopefully will rate this in a better light.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 9, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gravity, Merton Beer Festival. Black. A little amber around the edges. Fine tan head. Intense, exagerated aroma, a tartness halfway between chocolate and balsamic vinegar. Balsamic in the flavor, mineral, saline. Roast is present in an oyster sort of way. Dry. Challenging. Almost abusively full-flavored. One that lingers in my brain after some of the other tastes of the festival have receded.
camdrinker (11) - ENGLAND - APR 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and so very licquorice to me. A smooth solid pint this one; best on a chilly night. I seem to drink is mostly at the St.Radegund in winter... By the way, it looks fantastic in the glass: Clear but extremely dark (almost impossible to see through!), with a good head.
jimbles85 (10) - ENGLAND - APR 11, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Regular winter visitor to the St Radegund. A smashing stout, brimful of sweet dark chocolate and vanilla and a powerful but refined roasted coffee. A firm favourite
woodgnome (12) - ENGLAND - APR 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at The Pembury Tavern. Chocolate and roast coffee with a hint of vanilla. Smooth and black with a tan head. Tasted as good as it looked, one of my favourites.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Cask at the Pembury Tavern. Damn, this was excellent. A little fierce maybe but excellent. Huge bags of superb dark chocolate and malt with some vanilla in both the aroma and flavour. Coffee and roasted character becoming more apparent in the flavour and huge for the finish. Great beer.
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 cask, 2nd pembury festival. Black-brown colour with no head. Lovely aroma of chocolate, dark berries and caramel. Taste to match with an emphasis on slightly sour dark berries. Fine oak finish. Nice one!
harrisoni (12089) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask handpull at Pembury Tavern, Hackney. Black colour with lasting tan head. Subtle roasty/toasty aroma. Quite chewy in mouth, some sourness, liquorice. Quite a harsh stout. Very interesting though. Nice but not my stout of choice.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@The Sussex Beer Festival, Hove. Chocolatey, with some vanilla essence sort of aromas and flavours. Very nice, smooth chocolate/vanilla/caramel characters. Some subtle roast towards the finish. Quite sweet and tasty. I get the feeling they must added some chocolate of some sort.