Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Dark brown, no head other than ring of tan bubbles around glass which quickly disappeared.
Aroma: Strawberry/cherry, weak chocolate, balsamic tartness.
Taste: Smoky, roasty,toasty, tart, medium sweetness, low bitterness.
Palate: Thin texture, dry and light body, no carbonation, quick finish.
Comments: Did I have a dud bottle? No real chocolate taste, overall a bit empty, no glass lace, no carbonation, Disappointing. I need to try another one to either justify or banish this review.
ianwelby (624) - SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pint with a decent foamy head. Aroma is dark chocolate and a hint of malt.Livelier on the tongue than I expected and the taste is less sweet than I imagined. It doesn’t have as much body as you’d expect of a stout and the flavour isn’t as sweet as I anticipated, it’s surprisingly dry. Not at all what I thought it would be and possibly better for it. It’s not my favourite of this style but it’s quite drinkable all the same.
niquillis (1427) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at The Congress, Longton. Pours black with a tan head. Strong chocolate aroma but a very smooth stout. Chocolate, hops. A stout you can enjoy rather than the strong ones you have to fight with!
RichardW (1646) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle Rehills Ncl. Rich bitter coffee & chocolate aroma, smooths out on the palate. Lovely carbonation on the tongue, the finish brings back the roast characteristics and wraps right around the throat. Pours nice & thick, black with a thin tan head. Very tasty.
RichTheVillan (4022) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2014 Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark brown pour with zero head, chocolate aroma, taste is milk chocolate bitter not much carbonation gives it a thin mouthfeel.
CraftBeerNick (1120) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Craft, 21st March 2013. Bit too much on the chocolate for me, some coffee and some smoke. I prefer smokeless
Scopey (8234) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at CP&K. It pours very dark brown with a small beige head. The nose roasted malt, light smoke, dark chocolate, earth and coffee. The taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, earth and leather with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Smooth and very drinkable.
Rune (8890) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bar 3 at NWAF, handpump, half shared with Finn. Deep devil-black body. Headless, dotted spots to the glassware. Smell of cocoa and coffee. Flavour of cold coffee added by a nice roastiness. Bitter liquorice to the finish. Medium bodied. Likable (Manchester, 24.01.2013).
Leighton (13187) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at CBC - Clerkenwell, London. Pours black-brown with a fine, tan cream head. Bittersweet cocoa aroma, light roasted malts. Medium sweet flavor with dark malts, sweet milk chocolate, light tang, a bit of earth. Light bodied with fine carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. Moderately sweet finish, mellow roast, light ash, a little tang, chocolate. OK stuff.
jackl (5368) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ CBC Clerkenwell, as a warm up for the now (in)famous 0-65% Tasting. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is sweet lactose, rich chocolate cake, sweet icing. Light roasted bitterness in the aroma. The taste is quite sweet. I get plenty of lactose, chocolate milk, mild toasted shredded coconut and a hefty amount of chocolate. I find the taste a bit unbalanced, and wouldn’t mind a little more bitterness in the profile of this beer. The body’s supple and smooth, this beer’s in nice condition. Overall, pretty decent.