Leighton (12993) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at CBC, London. Pours a shiney, black-brown with a low, off-white head. Bit of cocoa in the nose, some berries and yoghurt. Yep, yoghurt. My suspicions of yoghurt are confirmed in the flavor - more sweet yoghurt. Mild roastiness, some earthy and woody bitterness, some light grass and pine. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate roast finish, some more berries and dairy. Kinda weird, but alright. Would need to ramp up the hop character a bit to respectable Black IPA.
DruncanVeasey (7379) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gravity, Tamworth 2011, 09/09/11. Good as black with a well-retained yellow-tan head. Pure compressed vegetal matter aroma; coal, dung. Better flavour with more black chocolate, lots of bog and coal. Nowhere near enough hop to be classified as anything but a strange English stout. I like these guys but this was disappointing- sink even had a slurp.