RichardW (1674) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, Kings Head, Carlisle. Chocolatey and malty, with a faint toffee and nutty flavour. Some smokiness and a fine smooth finish. Worthy of it’s Supreme champion award.
sm89walt (1793) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask - West Gate Inn (JDW), Canterbury. Poured a dark, ruddy brown with a small and lasting soapy beige head that left a good lacing. Dark fruits and mild chocolate notes on the aroma. Some good roastiness on the tongue with raisin, finishing with a dry and lingering bitterness. Smooth, medium body with just a touch of carbonation.
obadiah99 (1) - ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2009 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very fruity on the nose, dark, semi-opaque in the glass. Considerably more body than I expected for a mild, and with good slightly spicy fruit flavour and decent length.
planky84 (2338) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Drink of Fulham. Dark brown pour with a reddish sheen. Aromas of sultanas, dark fruits, chocolate malt, licorice. Flavours of chocolate, raisins,blackberries. Malty mouthfeel. Bitter finish.
Plovmand (6843) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with a medium off white head. The aroma is light roasted, fruity with notes of ripe fruit like raisins. Flavour is light roasty with some chocolate and fruit. Quite nice.
Theis (14290) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear chocolate brown - offwhite head. Tobacco, chocolate, high malty, light sourness, ryebread, red berries, roasted, sweetness. Plain.
renffisch (868) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
BBF2010 darkest rubybrown colour . Jasmin washing powder and musk in the nose. Quite mild taste but it’s very quaffable. Bit too bitter in the end but not too bad. Average
JohnRMurdoch (3674) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 12, 2010
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Dark chocolate aroma. Very dark brown colour with good head. Tastes of dark coffee chocolate. Sharp on palate. Not to my taste.
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours good nut brown, taste is pleasant, dark fruits and prunes, sweet and malty with a lightly bitter woody finish. Decent.
wheresthepath (1743) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Cask at Back of Beyond, Reading] So, champion beer of Britain eh? That’s some reputation to live up to. It all looks good at first - it pours a deep ruby-brown with a small beige head. The aroma is of cough mixture and coffee. Quite a smooth, rich mouthfeel. The flavour is at first of chocolate and ribena and all seems OK. But then pear drops and cough mixture rear their heads and it all goes a bit ugly. Although there is a touch of dusty bitterness in the finish, the cough mixture and pear drops made this too sweet and sickly for me - I enjoyed the first mouthful, but enjoyed each subsequent gulp less and less. Lots of flavour certainly, but the balance between those flavours is just not championship standard.