Rune (7992) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Half-pint by gravicask, shared with Finn at NWAF ’13. Clear rosewood coloured body. Naked surface. Earthy malts to the nose with hints of liquorice. Dark malty taste with a peaty touch. Short-lived roasted bitter finish. Decent enough considering the low abv (Manchester, 23.01.2013).
stravale (2075) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Merchants 1688, Lancaster 050113
Dark brown, ruby edges, dense yellowy white head, good lacing
Aroma - soft roasted malts, light burnt toast
Taste of dark chocolate, dark malts, roasted malts, lot of flavour for 3.4%
Palate - thin to medium body, smooth. Finish of bitter roast
Overall - Good mild, maybe a bit over roasty
wimpyjoe (3766) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black and smoked ale with a thick creamy head on top. Smoky aroma with is more prevalent in its taste, and very pleasant.
Theis (13363) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Charlie’s Bar. Black - offwhite head. Burned. Nice licorice malty. Medium malty. light chocolate. Light light smokey notes. Tobacco. Light thin body. Fruity notes. Ok.
ianwelby (464) - SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Was surprised at this being fairly bland-tasting. Looked a nice pint, not a lot of aroma to it. Had a thin but lasting head. Not unpleasant, just a bit mediocre to my taste.
ralphdot (982) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
3.4% black with a good head, some chocolate in the aroma, taste was mainly coffee with some chocolate.
jackl (4567) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask @ The Bree Louise. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny tan head. The nose is soy sauce and sugary chocolate syrup. The taste is light chocolate maltiness, some vinous red berries and general fruits. Hints of toffee and roast coffee. The mouthfeel’s thin and a bit lifeless. Overall, not great!
ng9beermonkey (43) - ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. The bank in manchester. Good creamy head, not much of an aroma. Hints of coffee, nut and fairly sweet
MalcolmTucker (733) - SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask. Dark ruby/brown with beige head. Roast malt dominates the aroma. Flavour is more roast with coffee and chocolate.
Gary (1371) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(cask @ Coopers , Rochester) Resembled red wine in color , with a small beige pool of foam resting above it nicely; A beer that was basically like a session stout with less alcohol or body, i was in the mood after the dull golden ale i’d been subjected to just before . First few sips are chocolate notes , under this leading your palate toward dark fruit(berrries or currant) and a refreshing dry bitterness . A pleasant little dark ale -tepid but good for it.