stravale (1808) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask @ The Muckle Cross, Elgin.
Black with ruby edges, thick rich tan head.
Aroma of roasted malt, oak, smoked wood, chocolate.
Taste of roasted malt, smoky, wood, liquorice, some coffee, bit of earth, some fruity malt. Complex. Not as good as the aroma.
Palate of roast bitter, some sweetness, soft carb, dry smoky finish.
I’ve had this many times over the years and the flavours have always seem rather muddled, bit discordant. Complex, but not great in this case. Sort of a cross between a stout and an old ale. IMHO I’ve never been that keen - I can get sick of it by the end of the pint and it gets rather cloying. However, it’s better than average and I can understand why other drinkers do give it high ratings, but personally I feel it’s overrated.
AshtonMcCobb (2045) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 Re-rating - huge liquorice notes coming through and tasting like a great balanced dry stout.
Previous rating on 23/08/11 = 6+4+6+3+12=3.1
Re-rating. More chocolate and liquorice on the taste this time.
Previous rating on 23/08/11 6+4+5+2+10 = 2.7
Cask @ Berts Bar, Edinburgh. Pours an opaque black colour with a hint of purple. There is a thin creamy head. The nose has burnt chocolate, coffee and then cream. The taste is more creamy chocolate and toast. The palate begins full-bodied, then it’s creamy but it doesn’t clean on the end at all. Overall, this doesn’t deliver on the palate what was expected from the appearance and nose.
NordicV (982) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Riktigt mörk brun öl med ett vackert gräddigt skum. Något rostad doft me en trevlig maltighet. Komplex smak med rostade toner, choklad lakrits och malt. En mycket trevlig bekantskap.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at The Guildford Arms. A black beer with a decent tan head. Aroma of coffee icecream and roasted barley. Flavour of kopiko coffee sweets and roasted barley. Creamy mouthfeel. Lovely.
mon8 (3) - Papworth Everard, Ca, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2011 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark and delicious roasted heaven in a glass; coffee, chocolate, nuts, roasty, earthy, woody. This is just perfect.
Blairgus (2343) - California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 June 2011, tap at SRAF. black, thin tan lacing. full/med body and slightly fizzy. sweet roasted coffee. not too bitter. oatmeal and toast and dried coffee grounds. sweet enough to not be bitter coffee. nice.
yespr (29418) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From cask at Tennents. Pours dark brown with a dense and creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and slight butterish. Dark malty and slight breadish. Mild liqourice, roasted malt and hops bitter into a dry and bitter finish.
dynamiteninja (1332) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 Cask. The Pub, Leicester. Thin tan head, black body. Roasty qualities, chocolate, cold coffee, treacle. Harsh bitterness, sweet notes.Gloopy, soft mouthfeel, warming, with a dry finish. 8 5 8 4 15 Cask. The Old White Swan Inn, York. Dark brown body, medium off white head. Caramel, toffee, fruity, roastiness, kola nut, chocolate. Bittersweet. Dry finish. 8 4 7 3 15
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chestnut brown; maybe a bit of haze. Chewy, toffee, peanutty - rich, very attractive aroma. Toffee-molasses palate with light raisins and vague toast. Everything has come together really well here.
Leighton (9638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Horniman. Pours cloudy brown with a strong, foamy off-white head. Cocoa and roasted malt aroma. Fairly sweet with a strong hot chocolate character. Medium bodied with fine carbonationM finishes dry and roasty with some dark malt sweetness. Good stuff.