Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 13, 2008
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask, Penny Black, Bicester. Sampled with Fin and Traci. Deep black/brown, dense fine tan cap. Aroma is big, rich and lovely: warm toasted caramel, vanilla, chocolate. So nice to sniff, I almost hate to sip. And once I’ve sipped, I kinda wish I hadn’t. Compared to the richness of the aroma, the flavor is pretty dull. A bit of roast, a bit of coffee left on the burner. Thin, kind of acrid. Thoroughly dissappointing, and all the more as the aroma really is a beauty.
Fin (8704) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at JDW, The Penny Black, Bicester, Oxon 12-04-08 Big vanilla nose and actually I have to check my surroundings to make sure that I’m not in Thorntons as this has tons of fudge and toffee aromas flooding out. This is like that wonderfully promising present under the christmas tree well wrapped and with great promise unfortunatley you unwrap this one only to find that its another jumper from your aunty, ok it looks nice, and will do you well but you’d hoped that it was a new football kit. Its a bit thin but tastes fine, some nice maltiness and cream qualities but after that there’s little else there.
berkshirejohn (5396) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Hope Tap (JDW), Reading. Deep reddish brown with a trace of tan head; roasted malt aroma; initially dry then creamy chocolate with some fruit; gently bitter coffee finish.
evilsoc (191) - WALES - MAR 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 Liqourice chocolate and a slightly meaty quality over treacley malt. Really good all round.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Pilgrims Progress (JDW), Bedford, in the Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival. Very dark brown with a small off white head. Strong liquorice and ash aroma, developing buttery notes. A promising start. Taste was rather more restrained: a bit of fag ash, some warm, oily malt, a little sweetness and a touch of bitterness to follow. Pretty good.
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On gravity at the Bristol Beer Festival 14/3/08. Opaque, near black in colour with a slight tan head. Aromas of licorice, black fruit, and treacle. Full mouth feel with sweet flavour of preserved fruit and chocolate, and a roasted malt bitter finish. Excellent.
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 Cask at World´s End, Edinburgh. Dark brown/black color with a small pale brown head. Aroma: Roasted/burned malt, coffee, licorice and berries. Flavor: Roasted/burned malt, coffee, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, chocolate and some citrus/sourish notes. A very good and quite complex ale.
gowdy (915) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Sheep’s Heid in Edinburgh. caramel, roasty, resin, black, frothy, medium bitterness, medium body, sticky, soft carbonation,
cgarvieuk (18566) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2011 Cask ... Deep solid black ... Solid head ... Nice roast malt nose ... Smooth sweet chocolate ... no real bitternesss ... lots of sweet roast malts ... some hop in linger ... Good balance... I checked(twice) that this wasnt a rebadge of Dark Island, and was assured it wasnt.
Earlier Rating: 4/9/2007 Total Score: 3.5
Black colour, with a roasted malt nose , deep roast malt flavour thats quite stout like
cask at blue blazer .. deep red black ... thin tan head ... soft malty coffee roast ... big licorice ... soft puff candi ... dark roast ... nt great today. 3.4
Fukito (976) - Santiago, CHILE - FEB 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ York Beer Festival, november 07. Opaque, ruby, very dark brownish color with some ruby hues. Deep, roasty, coffee flavor with some molasses notes. Rich caramel flavor with some toasty, torrified flavors. Very complex. Some earthy/ musty notes at the end. Medium to full mf, complex, full of flavors with excellent layered flavors. Top notch old ale.