Leighton (6910) - London, - JUN 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW. Pours a clear, ruby-brown with a vaguely tan head. Aroma has light to medium roast malts, with notes of blackberry jumping forth. Medium sweet flavor of mild roastiness, nice dark fruits. Medium bodied with fine, tingly carbonation. Decent finish, some sugar, fruits, roasty bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Not bad.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Merchants Inn, Rugby - 17/04/13.
Extremely dark mahogony brown with a good sized beige head that retains well.
Nose is treacle toffee, dark malts, light strains of coffee, grain, mineral notes.
Taste comprises dark toffee fudge, background chocolate, dark fruits, nutty tones.
Medium bodied with a little bite, moderate carbonation, dry in the finish with a hint of bitterness.
Grumbo (184) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask from The Ivory Peg, Chelmsford. Dark brown, with quite strong roasted biscuit aroma. Enjoyable, though was served a little too cold which may have affected the appreciation of the beer as have had this better before, elsewhere. May re-rate after next time.
VastActiv (803) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Angleterre, Helsinki. Colour is dark brown with thick white head. Aromas and flavours are chocolate, fruits and sweet malts.
jmgreenuk (1271) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at The Maypole, Cambridge. Golden brown pour with a broken white head. Fruity aroma with a smooth bitter malty taste. Lovely palate. A super ale and probably better cask than bottled.
mike_77 (1957) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown colour. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa. Flavour is sweet and a bit sticky. Nice malty flavour. A bit like malt loaf.
HogTownHarry (5632) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Handpull at Southampton Arms. Ruby pour, small tan frothy head. Nutty caramel and nougat aroma, a little sweet. Taste follows, a bit of tart treacle, not much alcohol. Not sure if this wants to be a brown ale or an old ale - a bit sour, malty, mild carbonation, fairly quick finish, slightly sour malty aftertaste. Not bad, not sure what to think.
Martin243 (476) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint at Wetherspoons Gateshead. Mahoghany with a tan head malt loaf aroma, which persists and develops on the palate. Full bodied, not over sweet, creamy mouth feel, and a generous finish. Lovely stuff.
BlackHaddock (2350) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jan 2007 from BA: This beer is in Roger Protz’s, 300 Beers to try before you Die, book. Righty so (unlike some others I will not mention).
I had this pint in a Wetherspoon’s pub, Birmingham, England (early Saturday night 13 Jan 2007).
Dark Mahogany in colour with an off white head, this beer named in honour of the brewers dog, is a serious Porter in looks as well as in its taste.
Intense malty, caramel, almost chocolate aroma, which carries on into the taste and mouthfeel.
The cask version is 5.0%, the bottles I believe are 5.5%, I will try a bottle if I ever see one and drink the cask where ever I see it!
culchiem (1666) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask in a Witherspoons. Dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of dry hop. Flavour is. watery fruit with a mild bitter hop. Palate is dry.
justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Blue Boar, Billericay. Pours a very dark mahogany with a deep ruby-red edge and a tight cafe-creme head. Dark malty fruit (raisins and plums) promise much on the nose, and this is realised in a delicious dark puddingy plum and raisin taste with a little maltiness and a bitter edge. Smooth but assertive on the palate, the fruity flavours build in the mouth to a bitter crescendo before fading into a bitter-sweet aftertaste. This is one of my favourite beers and a major contributor to me getting hooked on real ale so it is fitting that it should be my 100th review.