Beese (1971) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gravity at the St Albans Beer Festival 2014. Poured black, with a dense beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, roasted malt and liquorice. Thick, syrupy mouth feel. Full flavours of prunes, grain and caramel. Finish was smooth roasted malt bitterness, coffee and dates.
mR_fr0g (3396) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask gravity at the St Albans beer fest 2014. Aroma is caramel sweet, some apple and dried fruits and slight warming alcohol. Opaque dark caramel / black coloured pour with a big lasting loose light tan head. Flavour is rounded nutty praline, caramel with slight tart berry and lingering roast. Some apple and warming alcohol. Palate is full bodied and semi creamy on the tongue. Lowish carbonation. Some liquorice.
nickchester59 (1) - - MAR 1, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A diificult one this. Initially very nice, however, soon get used to the complexity, therefore the ’novelty’ of this quickly dissolves to leave strong, sticky brew. Knocking it out @ £2.75 per half @ The Sheffield Tap is a bit hard to swallow!
Theydon_Bois (9145) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity dispense at Merton Winter BF ’13.
Light black with a big light tan head.
Nose is roast malt, mineral tones, fart and liqourice.
Taste comprises roast malt, chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, liqourice, toffee and booze.
Full bodied with moderate carbonation, boozey finish.
Decent enough drinkable stuff but lacking the depth and complexity I’d hoped for.
imdownthepub (10488) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at Merton Winter Beer Fest ’13. Black with cream head. Cocoa aroma leading to an intense, quite tarry flavour, heavy on the palate although there is a fruitiness, raisins, orange. Lots of bitterness, a big beer in every respect, thick finish. Blimey.
Scopey (7079) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the George, Croydon. It pours dark ruby, with a thick bubbly tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, sweet dark fruit, light jam and sugary coffee. The taste is roasted malt, burnt toast, soft dark fruit, red berry, ash, astringency, coffee grinds, alcohol and some bitter chocolate, with a dry, toasty finish. Medium body, soft carbonation and chewy mouth-feel. Decent, but not overly drinkable.
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
13th October 2012
Old Fountain Weekend Mini Fest. Very dark brown beer, little tan head. Light palate - smooth. Rich malt, trace of roast and chocolate. Very nice lactose. Mild red berry fruits. Nice malt tang. Semi dry finish. Nicely joined up and very nice indeed.
jackl (4672) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ The Old Fountain. Deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is chocolate, some roasted malt. The taste is buttery roasted malt flavors, chocolate, some mild gritty coffee rinds. Medium body, a bit slick. Overall, I wasn’t liking the slippery buttery taste. Other members of my drinking party didn’t pick up on the negative flavors I described. So, I probably have a defective tongue.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Cloisters. Jet black pour, creamy beige head. Big roast malts, some resinous hops, heavy liquorice, big sweet dark chocolate nose. Sweet dark port fruits to start with, dark dense chocolate malts, more liquorice, bramble fruits before a big U-turn into full-on Black IPA dank bitterness. Absolutely massive in every way, I can already feel the hangover... But very, very tasty.
cgarvieuk (14709) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
cask at cloisters ... dark brown black ... thin tan head ... soft sweet coffee chocolate ... roast malt nose ... dark rich heavy malts ... bitter chocolate ... little charcoal ...