tombyars (1356) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in May 1991. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black in colour with a thick white creamy head. Strong latte coffee in the distinctive aroma. Thick creamy mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Dark malts give a rich, moist maltloaf base with strong signature flavours of mocha coffee, plain chocolate, treacle toffee fudge and a slight hint of sour berry fruit. Quick note of bitter hop resins present in the earthy aftertaste. Strong malty finish with sweet molasses, dry oak cask notes laced with vanilla and liquorice. One of the best Scottish session Old Ale type that is out there at present. Always consistantly on form and very, very popular throughout Scotland. Ticks all the boxes for me - superb stuff!
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Archibald Simpson, Aberdeen. It pours very dark ruby, with a thick tan head. The nose is roasted malt, smoke and charcoal. The taste dark fruit (raisin and plum), strawberry, cherry, roasted malt, charcoal, hint of chocolate powder and vinous element, with a dry-roasted finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Really good balance and high drinkability.
MalcolmTucker (740) - SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Ryans Bar. A good looking dark beer with a tan head. Roast and coffee aroma. Flavour is coffee, more roast with a clean dry finish. A good beer.
BenH (2331) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at filmhouse bar. Black with decent cream head. Aroma of milk chocolate. Chocolate and toffee taste with a hint of licorice. Smooth mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish. Very nice
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - smokey with some coffee
A - dark with thick head
T - light sweet with roasted bitter
P - full and soft
O - nice
worldbeertaste (1635) - AUSTRIA - NOV 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark red in colour with a thin tan head. Blackberry and malt smell. Ash bitter medium body. Smoke, blackberry, licorish with a light drydry aftertaste of coffee.
stravale (2099) - 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 (2542) - 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 (1158) - 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.