pivnizub (9287) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (Grog and Gruel, Fort William): Ruby-black coloured, small and lacing off-white layer; distinctive vinous-fruity nose (dark berries) with a tinge of roasted malt; bitter-sweet flavour with a light acidity, light to medium bodied; roasted malt detectable in the dryish, lingering, fruity-vinous and bitter finish. Nothing to complain......
davegore (222) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand pump at the Freshfield, black in colour with an off white head, seriously strong aroma of malt on the nose leads onto coffee and espresso taste, fine stuff, malts dominating too. Finishes ever so slightly dry
thebeertourist (5094) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh. Almost black with a big khaki head. Rich chocolate and coffee aroma. Espresso flavours dominate,especially towards the finish,but there is plenty of chocolate and hints of berries as well. Well-carbonated.A great little ale it is.
leaparsons (8832) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask, Loughborough Fest 07. Black with a beige foam. Aromas are earthy coffee with mellow dark winter fruit and herbal, liquorice notes. Flavours are rich and malty with roast coffee, liqourice and floral notes. Some chocolate with hints of citrus acidicy. Sweet and vinous. Dark berry fruit. Sweet but never cloying. Earthy and herbal on the finish. Excellent.
RichardGretton (4418) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@Loughborough Beer Festival 2007. Dark beer with a lightly malty aroma and a lightly malty and bitter flavour. Overall a nice beer.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-Suitable foam recedes to a thin ring over the brown-tinged black.
-In the nose, butterscotchy chocolate and fat milk ooze from the oat-like cereals.
-Roastiness hugs the tea leaf hop flavor and bitterness.
-The low carbonation is appropriate, and the mouthfeel well-carved.
What if you dig deeper?
-The butterscotchy residual sweetness gets a little bothersome halfway down the pint.
-The leafy hop bitterness tags up with the roastiness for a pleasant finish.
-More fruitiness and roastiness (and less sweetness), and I would have liked it more. It remains quite flavorful though, just not as complex as I had hoped it to be.
On cask at the Guildford Arms, Edinburgh.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: Cask at Bar Fringe in Manchester. Once again a Fringe serving in perfect condition. Great aroma. Almost black and opaque with good looking lace. Just how I like the appearance. Dark chocolate malt with the expected coffee and a fair bit of yeast too. Faint note of alcohol. Strange bitter yet grassy finish. Slightly poor mouthfeel lets it down.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Brickskeller’s in Washington D.C. Dark brown pour with a very thin white head. Sweet taste but a slightly watery finish.
StueyD (1438) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark chocolate brown coloured beer with a weak off white head. A rich toasted malt nose, liquorice, caramel, but slightly vinous. A bittersweet taste, liquorice and burnt sugar, some espresso coffee and a hint of dark fruits. The finish is bittersweet. (Cask - The Ouse Amateur Sailing Club, King’s Lynn, Norfolk).
reiverat (3) - USA - NOV 7, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this in Fort Williams at a pub that was listed as Scotish Pub of the year, forget the name. Spent 9 days in Scotland and Ireland and this was the best beer I ran across, better than Guinness at the Storehouse or Davy Byrnes.