gegwilson (3284) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from B&M, Stockton. Pour deep mahogany with a big foamy tan head that lasts well. Has a quite thin and watery feel, which isn’t surprising considering the strength. Good flavours though. Quite dry with plenty of malt and a hint of chocolate and coffee.
portableparty (2292) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a thin wispy head that leaves a tiny collar. Aroma has strong English malt and bitter bakers chocolate. Taste is bitter up front with malt and more chocolate and more hops in the finish. Palate is thin and chalky. Solid!
Jow (3516) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at draught 55. Pours dark ruby with light nose of cholate malts. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, and cola. Nice and mild but with good flavor. I have been craving this style as of late
reggiedunlop (3671) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours an opaque brown with a thick creamy tan head...nice lacing and retention. aroma has chocolate...like tootsie rolls...and earthy dry leaves...just a light touch of hops. flavor follows suit...nice balance...leaning just a bit to the hoppy side but not excessively bitter. true to style. mouthfeel is medium/full and the finish is earthy/hoppy with a touch of chocolate...dries and lingers with hoppy/roastiness.
JoeFrench (2) - - JUN 22, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Very dark, ruby. Almost stout-like.
Aroma: Very strong coffee smells with a hint of chocolate.
Taste: Again coffee, slight hint of hazlenut/chocolate. Light bitter, acute after taste.
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark with ruby hints and a good creamy head diminishing to suds.Liquorice in the aroma and on the tongue, followed by roast and coffee flavours. Light body, slips smoothly down leaving a velvety chocolate finish. Really very good.
ianwelby (1106) - SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear very dark brown beer with a frothy beige head. A light, malty aroma. There’s a bit hit of malt on the tongue and a slight chocolatey hint to it with a hoppy edge as well. The aftertaste is a sort of hoppy, coffee blend. It’s lighter than I was expecting too, both in terms of strength and body.
hardp1980 (12) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Liquorice on the nose. Frothy head very dark ruby appearance. Low carbonation and almost stouty taste. Slightly bitter/burnt malty aftertaste. Good starter/relaxed drink.
MaltMan88 (10) - Bury, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small head, attactive deep red against light. Aromas of chocolate and granary toast with malteasers. Palate very well balanced with more chocolate and malt with a bit of coffee but also some hoppy undertones a great all rounder.
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle): Pours a black with brown tinges, small white head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, nuts and some coffee. A great roasted flavour with subtle bursts of chocolate, coffee and nuts. Little bit of sweetness on the finish in a good balance with some mild bitterness. Was a nice surprise this, not bad at all!