Armenian5b (5) - - JUL 15, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really lovely dark beer fully of malt, chocolate, sweetness. Very smooth and great condition. Could have used a bit more strength and flavour though.
jjsint (427) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown ale. Smoky aroma - almost that of a Rauschbier. Lighter taste than you would expect, very much in keeping with a mild. instead of an old ale. Liquorice predominates. Only letdown is in the palette, which throws a too-bitter curveball into an otherwise balanced mix.
mutz (478) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap@ Ben Loyal in Tongue. Zwarte kleur en geen kraag. Ruikt zuur, azijn, wijn. Smaakt ook zurig, vaag hout. Waterig. Als ik de andere recenties hier lees vraag ik me af of ik hetzelfde bier heb gehad..... Het stond toch echt op de tap. Ik vond het bier niet lekker.
Graham77 (203) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Clydesdale in Lanark (JDW). Not quite as good as the bottled version which I have drank many times before. Surprising but will look out for this again on cask for a definitive answer.
tampierre (645) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask ; Devon ; UK ; Malt,burnt,coffee and smoked aroma ; Dark brown color with small lasting head ; Sweeter taste with light bitter finish ; Medium body ; Not bad.
SarkyNorthener (1311) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@theimperial, walsall. Almost black beer with medium head and good lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee. Taste is dark roasted malts and coffee. Very good.
niquillis (783) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at The Congress, Longton. Pours dark ruby with tan head. Chocolate, roasts, dark fruit. Very good.
jfb (3441) - GERMANY - MAY 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(cask) pours a very dark ruby colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of dark chocolate, marshmallow, roasted malts, vanilla and a hint of espresso. flavour is mostly the same, milk chocolate, caramel and toffee, with a very light hint of alcohol and a light sweetness. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.
undercurrent25 (1301) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice dark coloured ale with a smooth creamy taste, alright for a one off but not a session ale
flying_pig (808) - SCOTLAND - MAR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint from JD Wethersppons (£2):
Opaque dark ruby colour, almost black with a thin, beige coloured lacing for a head.
Dark malts and a light chocolate aroma followed by some roasted malts and a mixture of darker fruits, notably raisin and plum giving a rich smell overall.
Sweet mixture of toffee and chocolate malts along with the darker, rich fruit from the nose and some darker malts in there too.
Smooth & medium bodied with a fruity sweetness on the palate. There is a touch of dryness at the end too.
Not a bad beer, especially for a cask ale but not quite as good as the bottled version in my opinion and I’d choose that version over this one every time. There was a lot more flavour than I had been expecting from the cask and there was a good mix of dark fruit and rich chocolate.