HenrikSoegaard (11060) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Ealing. Frothy white good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Oyster notes. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter fnish. Oily palate.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
This cushy Dark Mild shares raisin-y bread pudding notes amongst roasted cereals before moving into a balancing leafy hop finish laced in blackberry fruitiness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam lingers atop the ruby-hinged darkness.
-This is superbly drinkable AND never frail-bodied.
-The fruitiness is akin to fieldberries, prunes, raisins, etc. But it is subtle throughout.
-The flavour profile is perfectly balanced.
-There’s lots going on in this one and it all comes together in the finish.
-This is a great lunchtime pint with a meat pie.
On cask at The Eagle and Child (Oxford) and The Mitre (Cambridge).
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Cask): Black in colour, tinges of red with a small but lasting tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Smooth flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, nuts and a little coffee. Only difference to the bottle is it’s less carbonated and more smooth.
Rune (8716) - 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 (2315) - 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 (4927) - 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 (13983) - 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 (581) - 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 (1003) - 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 (5208) - 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!