MartinT (8135) - 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 (7118) - 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 (1239) - 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.
Beer4000 (4616) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask Conditioned somewhere in Aberdeen. Dark brown to black body with a creamy head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with some chocolate and coffee. Nice, harmonic flavours. Sweet, roasted, bitter and some hints of dry fruit, chocolate and coffee. Very pleasant.
Bierotherapeut (43) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Odeur fruité. Goût acide bien soutenue par un goût fruité. Cacao et noisette en finale.
fiulijn (15330) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask Conditioned at Charlie’s Pub, Copenhagen
Dark color. Soft Mild Ale, with light sourness and some roasted malt. Caramel. Thin mouthfeel.
caesar (5321) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, Guildford Arms, Edinburgh. Dark color, brownish head. Rich aroma of roasted malt, bit nutty. Roasted malty taste, fairly bitter, licorice, some coffee, nutty, some chocolat. Better than Guinness!
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2010 1. Cask Stillage at the Memorial Hall, Northwich 22/09/2001
Dark coloured and rich on the palate. Some roast malt in the finish.
2. Cask Stillage at the Mill At The Pier, Wigan 09/03/2002
Black with some fruit flavour. Smooth roast finish.
3. Cask Handpump at the Cross Keys, Knutsford 11/02/2003
Dark coloured and smooth on the palate. Chocolaty roast finish.
4. Cask Handpump at Aitchie’s Ale House, Aberdeen 22/09/2007
Roast aroma. Small beige head. Dark and slightly rich on the palate with some sour fruit flavour. Crisp and dry coffee roast finish.
5. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 04/09/2010
Fruity aroma. Beige head. Dark coloured a little rich on the palate and fruity with a hint of dryness and bitterness in a lasting roast malt finish.