SilkTork (5370) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, - MAR 23, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml brown glass bottle from Tesco, Swansea. Good roasty notes in aroma and flavour. Coffee grounds. Watery texture. Steam train coal smoke. A pleasant beer. Quite clean in this filtered bottle version. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
Leighton (13519) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Great British Beer Festival 2014, Day 3 - London. Pours clear, light brown with a frothy tan head. Well toasted biscuit flavor, light cocoa, some tangy and leathery fruits, a bit of earthy bitterness. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation; OK carbonation. Some light roasted malts in the finish, forest fruits, toasted brown bread. OK.
The_Osprey (2912) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from ASDA. Cola coloured with a small bubbly off-white head. Aroma is ashy, burnt toffee. Body is medium to light, watery, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste is mild and sweet, soft ash, maybe some chocolate, not bitter but finishes dry. An easy drinker for people wanting to start getting in to dark beers (at least this was the role it played for me over 10 years ago). Still good.
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at GBBF 2012. Poured a very dark ruby, with a thin off white head. Aroma of dark malts, dried fruit and burnt sugar. Berries and plums in the flavour, with some earthy grain. Fairly thin mouthfeel. Finish petered into nothingness; light burnt malt and toffee.
jackl (5467) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ The Gowlett, East Dulwich. Medium brown color with a pretty frothy light tan head. Red highlights. Pretty supple aroma. Toasted nut earthiness. Sweet caramel and cocoa. A bit of cherry and forest fruits. Slight red apple acidity. More smooth cocoa, chocolate malt. Dry finish. Light body, soft carbonation. Nothing much to this, but quite drinkable.
berkshirejohn (5014) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. A dark reddish chestnut colour with a thin translucent head; chocolate malt aroma; sweet milky textrure with a deeply roasted, nutty malt taste with some chocolate in the background; the finish is dry with lingering Brazil nuts. Rather good.
SarkyNorthener (2797) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@blackcountry arms, walsall. Black beer with small head and decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate and earthy charcoal. A little too watery. Decent.
s_hartshorne (2154) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask the Black Country arms Walsall. Ruby beer halo beige head. Aroma is roasted malts fruits coffee. Taste is similar nice biter finish. Medium body. Good stuff
Theydon_Bois (12065) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle on the train from Hereford to Inverness, thanks to SP, 18/10/13.
Extremely dark mahogony brown with a moderate beige covering.
Nose is roast malt, cardboard, earthy cocoa.
Taste is a little subdued, dark fruit, toffee, light malt base.
Medium to light bodied, a little watery, dry finale.
Not great - lacks both depth and body.
ladnewton (1577) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle on 31st July 2013. Dark brown with thin light brown head. Sweet malty aroma with roastiness. Coffee and caramel in-mouth. Swetish roasty finish with touches of spice. Light body and mouthfeel.
Quack-Duck (8383) - Down South, GERMANY - JUN 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from somewhere in Wales. Deep brown, almost black, creamy beige head. Chocolatey, hints of coffee - stout like and quite full-bodied with a nice malty sweetness to balance.