DJMonarch (9153) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask Handpump at the Crescent, Salford 02/03/2003
A black stout which poured lively. Smooth on the palate with a roast malt finish.
imdownthepub (8470) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask Conditioned at The Twelve Bells, Cirencester. Black beer with a thin tan head. Dark roasted black dry stout with a blackberry, prune fruit background. Coffee and chicory to the finish, big flavoured beer.
maeib (7542) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask conditioned - handpump - Malt Shovel Northampton. A black beer with no head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate with roasty, smoky notes in the background. There is plenty of chocolate in the taste, but dusty and thick. Sweet and sour notes. Definitely has an oatmeal feel to it. Lovely and moreish. Would be called a sweet stout in USA.
FatPhil (7494) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2012 Cask (Peterborough BF 2007) (7:5:8:3:13=3.6)
Chocolate aroma, smooth chocolatey taste too. Some sweet malt, maybe too sweet.
Rerate: Gravicask (PBBF2012, Wed) (7+:4:7+:4+:15=3.7+++)
Super rich sweet choco. So mellow and drinkable. Scrummy!
chriso (7254) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very competent smooth stout with the usual coffee, licorice and chocolate notes. Well balanced, with plenty of body. Very dark opaque colour. Rather nice. Cask (handpump), Oakdale Arms, London.
MesandSim (7118) - 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.
leaparsons (7069) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, Northampton Fest 09. Very dark brown with a beige foam. Aromas are earthy roast malts with molasses and chocolate. Fruity with herbal notes. Flavours are flat cola with herbal and vegetable notes. Some coffee and chocolate. Sweet and earthy with a dry finish.
Leighton (6913) - London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Pembury Tavern. Pours opaque brown with a thin, beige head. Good aroma, with the vanilla notes just rising above the roasted malt foundation. Flavor is quite nice. Medium sweetness with semi-sharp, mineral malts, hints of ripe, almost tart fruits, vanilla, faint roast and very delicate hops. Light in body with fine carbonation. The finish seems to be sweeter than the initial taste, with all the preceding characteristics in addition to some maple syrup, along with some light warmth and hints of booze. Overall not outstanding, but very good.
Fin (6175) - 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 oneís 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 didnít get on with many of the dark beers this weekend and felt that Iíve short changed them a bit with my ratings, I will try again and hopefully will rate this in a better light.
Rune (6120) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half pint hand-pulled and served at the right drinking temperature at The Pembury Tavern in Hackney. Dark body colour with a small tan head. Smell of malt and liquorice. Roasted cocoa malts in flavour with a touch of coffee tartness in the ending. Rather soft palate (12.08.2008).