ralphdot (1007) - 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 (5561) - 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 (830) - 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 (1630) - west London and, Somerset, 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.
mr_h (3546) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask by handpump at Bon Accord, Glasgow, part of the Battle of the Roses Beer Festival (23 Feb 12) - strong liquorice aroma, black with a medium oatmeal head, roasted treacle taste, smooth, slightly bitter aftertaste
tombyars (1457) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted this in the Fox & Hounds, Houston in May 2004. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with ruby highlights and a thin buff creamy white head. Slight whiff of burnt toast in the short aroma. Thin oily mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malts give a burnt toast and chocolate powder flavours which rapidly fade to reveal sweet notes of soft caramel and juicy blackcurrant fruit. Dusty hop prickle present in the very short aftertaste. Finish is malty with dry cask notes coming through. An ok session mild and well recommended.
superflyguy (429) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
lovely deep ruby red colour. tight tan head.
good roasted aroma and flavours of roast malt, hint of coffee and some sun dried raisin.
very satisfying pint
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A - roasted and smokey with some iodine
A - dark and frothy
T - smoky bitter
P - mid
O - ehhh...
worldbeertaste (1735) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2011 Ruby dark, almost black in colour with thick tan head. Light roast coffee, nut and sweet malt smell. Smooth. Starts a little sweet but has bitter mid and no aftertaste. Caramel, nut, smokey, malt and an end of coffee. Clean. Just seems a little watery.