harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask handpull at The Wellington, Birmingham. Black with lasting tan head. Good intense roasted stout. Bitter choc, little bit of espresso, lots of roasted malt, some dark fruits. Very full and malty. Nice mouthfeel, bit of choccy velvet.
Fin (8701) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned gravity dispense at Merton Winter Beer Festival 17-02-07. Poured a very dark brown colour with nutty, malty aroma. Warming rich slightly sweet malty taste typical of a winter ale with the alcohol always present, little in the way of bitterness but really nice. I understand they do an oak aged or is it barrel aged version of this which sounds very interesting.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, gravity, at Bedford Beer Festival ’10. Very dark brown. Ashy leathery aroma. Hints of sweaty car seat and marmite. Mid bitter finish. This isn’t the sort of stuff to be drinking at noon. But it’s good.
DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Stillage at the Charotar Patidar Samaj, Leicester 19/03/2005
Dark mid brown coloured strong in alcohol and fruity with a slightly dry lasting malt finish.
oh6gdx (23682) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Ambery brown color with small off-white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and floral hops, sweet malts, red berries, some alcohol and mild nutty notes. Flavour is fruits, raisins, sweet malts, some alcohol as well as mild herbal and nutty notes.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Cask conditioned handpump Criterion Leicester. A dark brown coloured beer with a purple hue and a tiny off-white head. The aroma has stewed fruit and booze with licorice notes. Vinuous and fruity in the mouth with prunes. A good warming strong beer. Score 3.6
Subsequent rating scored 3.7 Score unaltered
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask RA. Red brownish colour. Some cloudiness. Some sourness and also
baleywine like taste. Some coffee hints.
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask-conditioned at the Royal Oak, Bath 25/02/10. Dark brown with a slight, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit and chocolate with a vinous, slightly sour edge. Flavour was similar with more fruit, sourness and a dry finish. Very drinkable, given the ABV.
leaparsons (9106) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, Leicester Fest 08. Dark brown with a small beige head. Aromas are earthy and smoky with bitter coffee. Some liquorice. Flavours are rich coffee with some berry fruitiness. Viscous and sticky on the palate. A change to all the golden ales at this festival.
FatPhil (11829) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2007).
Different taste every mouthful. Some chocolate, some sourness, some wateryness.