leebotton (272) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells of organic blue Bubblegum if such a thing existed with the tiniest touch of oak, aroma could not be topped. Head is disappointingly dissipating leaving behind the oily looking deep brown liquid. Amazingly, the first flavour to me is Bubblegum, giving way to a light roast chocolate flavour which then leads into a nuttiness and finishes on an old oaky wood flavour. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected for this calibre brew and the exotic Bubblegum flavour soon merges into an overall impression as the drinking continues (Iím only having a third, so quite quickly) the main flavour being a very slightly tart but also sweet fruity roastiness. One thing I would say is that this beer really nails the ideal balance to be found in a complex brew. It is certainly complex, evidenced by the journey of the tongue it sponsors but at the same time, there is not the sense of an over complex and confusing barrage of flavours. I feel that this recipe could do with some work but the bar is set high already by this beer as well as the brewery which produced it.
planky84 (2301) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the 2015 National Winter Ales Festival, The Roundhouse, Derby. Black pour with a beige head. Roasted malt, raisin and blackberry aroma. Bonfire toffee, licorice toffee and chocolate flavour. Booze laden tastiness.
Stuu666 (5351) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Hanging Bat. Pours black, sweet chocolate, dry roast malts, fruity.
Leighton (13038) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Euston Tap - London. Pours clear, dark brown with a creamy, khaki head. Smooth chocolate and ripe dark fruits in the nose. Medium sweet flavor with silky milk chocolate, dark berries, faint chalky roast. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and velvety texture. Rich, balanced finish, more lovely chocolate, just hints of alcohol warmth, semi-dry ripe dark fruits. Wonderful balance and depth here. Delicious.
harrisoni (14509) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask air pressure at Euston Tap. Black beer lasting tan head. Aroma of dark bitter chocolate and some dark fruits. Itís got some more dark really bitter chocolate in the mouth and more dark fruit. The bitterness of the chocolate character is really quite striking. Lovely beer served in great nick. Chocolate and fruit are amazing
BeerViking (2879) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Euston Tap, black with a lasting fine tan head, nose is faintly tangy and coffee, palate is rich and complex with notes of coffee, sour plum and treacle, and faintly of tobacco, liquorice and vanilla. Finish is dry, dark and lightly sour plummy.
Niall73 (2113) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Earl of Essex. Pours a dark black/brown with a tan head. Aroma has a bit if choc milkshake, a hint if coffee, a hint of grassiness. Medium body, mild carbonation. The dry, grassy, slightly sour berries come quick, a little leather fustiness too, dark fruits, cherry, a little licorice, red wine. Interesting, and an enjoyable sipper. OK.
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madmitch76 (16890) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
23rd December 2013
Euston Tap. Cask. Opaque brown beer, good pale tan head. Palate is very smooth and light and a little dry. Smooth malts, no roast or bitterness. Very light touch of coffee and bubblegum ester. Little spice. Tangy Sloe fruits, not that sweet. Finishes smooth. Unusual and tasty but for me lacking full coherence.
Theydon_Bois (11138) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Euston Tap, 24/12/13.
Light black with a good sized tan head that retains well.
Nose comprises a rich malt base, fruit cake, dark berry fruit, thick dark fruit tones, plums, dates, figs, light spice, liqourice.
Taste comprises rich fruit cake, dark toffee, spice, liqourice, streak of booze pulsing throught but not oppresively, tangy dark berry fruits.
Medium bodied with bite, soft carbonation, lacing of booze in the closure.
Nice stuff, rich, flavoursome, not overpowering.
chimpgibbon (385) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at Euston Tap. Bloody great on a stormy pre-Xmas night. This beats Bracia. Boozy plummy perfect temp too. Lovely smooth palate. Touch of malt but really this is pudding all the way!