BlackHaddock (2350) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown bottle conditioned beer, 500ml, best before 03/2010, drank in 02/2010.
Poured into a vase shaped pint glass (Old Speckled Hen), slowly because of the sediment within the bottle.
Beautiful deep dark ruby red body with a huge tan coloured head, looks a picture. The thick, creamy tasting head stayed throughout the tasting, lovelly.
Malts rule the roost in the smelling stakes, roasted, rich and plentiful.
Smooth tasting, very smooth, deep lush malty feel to the flavours, a slight hop bitterness is in the taste but secondary to the roasted/toasted malts. Pale, Crystal and Black Malts are used in the gist, a blend of unmentioned hops with flaked and roasted barley according to the website. I can see where the taste comes from after reading that!
Very impressed, would love to try this in cask form.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: Gravicask at Reading Beer Festival.
Good dark brown looks with a bubbly but decent head. Slight tea in the background on the nose but some lovely dark chocolate malt with slight roasty notes really sorts it. The flavour is even better. Awesome roasted malt, bags of coffee and an unusual but very pleasing combination of dark fruit and almost sharp bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced. Great stuff.
SHIG (3033) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Toms Ultimate Glasgow Tasting: Poured a dark brown with carbonated head. Aroma is dark malt. Taste is a bit smokey coffee with a dry sweet aftertaste.
dj (440) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 500ml. A dark colour with very little head. A fairly sweet, malty aroma with hints of forrest fruits and barley. Flavour has lots of biscuity roasted malt, some delicious dark berry notes and a little smooth hop flavour in there too. Really delicious and easy to drink - I could drink a lot of this!
DruncanVeasey (6101) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handsome pitch pour with ruby tints and tan collar. Aroma chocolate, coffee, red pepper, malt nuttiness and background musty hops. Nice roasty smooth chocolatey stout with a background fruitiness and lingering burnt finish.
johndoughty (3283) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Another brewery who seem to have come to grips with the bottling process. Dark and creamy with a pleasant maltiness. Some coffee traces
and a pleasant texture make for an above average porter/brown ale.
markas101 (1668) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via Devon @ Anton and Anneenís. Deep mahogany with a chestnut head. Heavy roasted malt and chocolate aroma, mild carbonation and a sweetness of cocoa that turns bitter quickly.
ALLOVATE (2098) - Butler, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out the bottle, cool not cold. Not much noise once the cap came off, it pours with little life but manages to settle with a tight tannish crown that just lasts the length. Black body, good clarity, a shimmer of ruby brown comes through when held up to the light. Hefty malt nose with a good lot of cocoa, vanilla, rust, cola soda, damp, dark wood and fresh strapped leather. Full bodied and well rounded, it is quite filling in the stomach. Malt dominated with pronounced smoke, charred wood and peat over dusty cocoa and rough chocolaty grains, a very soft sweetness upfront fades as it moves back. Bitter burnt malt swallow has a soft astringency to it, the finish is surprisingly short. This is a nice Porter. Easily quaffable and another fine beer from this brewer. (50cL, BBE 05/12, Bridge House Cellars, Exmouth, Devon)
cgarvieuk (10933) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Toms Ultimate Glasgow Tasting ... Deep red brown ... sweet cherry malty nose ... fruity malts little smokey.
johninmelb (1003) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not much in the nose. Pous medium dark with a very firm, dense head. Flavour is full of raisins, figs, hints of coffee, and a sharp vinousness. Lingers well with a (continued) sharp bitterness.