SarkyNorthener (4133) - West Bromwich (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 (2344) - 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 (5578) - Freising, 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 (1955) - 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 (1435) - 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.
ManVsBeer (8777) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2012
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Ale with stout character, but a much lighter texture which is the giveaway. Black with nice roasted malts in the aroma. Short creamy head and dry tasting without much flavour.
deyholla (10220) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Market Porter with Sarah. Pours a light brown with a chestnut hue and a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has roast with some chocolate and dark grains. Flavor has more roast with some dark grains and a bit of sweetness. Smooth on the tongue.
PieMan70 (25) - - OCT 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
not actually a stout but a heavy dark beer, just about impenetrably black. very tasty but hard going
McWorta (1530) - LUXEMBOURG - OCT 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown and dark rubin red colour. An average tan head. On the nose aromas of roasted malts supported by aromas of wet rock and mud develop. Full body, an oily texture developping some medium sweet bitterness. Beautifully balanced beer! On the finish it lasts longer than in the bottle, same in dryness and lasting but mouthwatering too! Orkney island is light and shadow and this is in this beer. Good stuff!
Theydon_Bois (17251) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity dispense at Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival 2012 - 06/10/12.
Mid black, brown hues in the light, with a thin tan head.
Big roast malt nose with dark bitter chocolate and molasses being prominent also.
Tastes of rich roast malt, chocolate, a touch of coffee, dark toffee.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.