MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate. Cask at the Rake.
Dark brown with a thin off white head. Some bready malt with a pleasant roasty backbone. Slight sourness. Almost no bitterness. Mild all round, but decent enough.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the Rake, 5th June 09. Hazy deep reddish brown. Anonymous nose, bit of choccy malt. Taste-wise, some chocolate but the watery palate lets it down. A rather unimpressive mild.
ladnewton (1305) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Guest cask at the Wenlock Arms, London on 28th June 2009. Reddish black with a lasting white head. Slight yeastiness of aroma, soon malty with roastiness on a saline mouthfeel with a slight hint of salt and smoke. The slight saltiness is desirable and compels the drinker to ask for more. Very satisfying drink.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask in the rake. Alround rating: Liquorice and coffee and roasted malts, plummy fruit smooths it out, a small citrusy grassy character helps it along. Its in great conditoin, is a bit thin but very drinkable.
ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask, Handpump @ the Rook & Gaskill, York, Nth Yorkshire.
Pours almost black with a strange fiery orange hue coming through in the lights. Atop sat a thin, very dense, creamy tan head that lasted and frosted its way down the glass. Not much aroma, distant smoke and molasses I suppose. A touch of cough medicine and butter starts it off in the mouth before moving into drier, smokier malt regions. Palate is smooth, still and very light for a stout. Finish is oily with some tar, burnt stick and bitter dark malts. Nice linger of smoke in the mouth keeps it half interesting as it seems to become dull halfway through. So I guess I’ll call this a half-decent, halfway there stout. Average!!!