dogbomb (1152) - ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask. Jet black with a good solid mid tan head. Nose is very much creamy chocolate. In the mouth, its a light creamy chocolate. Not too heavy in taste or texture. Pleasant, but I’d enjoy a little more flavour on the chocolate.
Holmen2 (2872) - NORWAY - MAY 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2015 From cask at Cellar Bar, Batley, on The Transpennine Real Ale Trail with KL and LH 09.05.15. Black. Dense beige head and lacing. Fine aroma of chocolate and medium dark malt. Also a hint of liquorice, lingering on in aftertaste. Parhaps a bit waterish.
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Goose, Bracknell. Deep mahogany with a loose beige head; bitter chocolate aroma; dry, with a pleasantly chocolately taste and a lactic body; and a reasonable amount of bitterness. Quite satisfying.
jjsint (2328) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Blue Glass, Bedford. Consumed in my ex-home with my ex-wife. Very dark brown, barely translucent. Milk chocolate, slightly yeasty aroma. Taste is sweet, chocolately and malty. Incredible finish: thick chocolate with a hoppy bitter twist. An amazing chocolate beer, and one by which many standards should be set.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (gravity dispense) at Reading Beer Festival, day 2 on 3 May 2012. Dark brown, not black, with a ruby tinge. Some dry, powdery chocolate here but it’s not particularly intense. Finishes distinctly dry. Not at all bad, and undeniably pleasantly drinkable, but, like many Rudgate beers, it’s a bit too conservative and "safe" for my taste.
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask gravity at White Cliffs BF 2015. Black beer lasting tan head. Some chocolate. Some sting on the finish. It’s fine.
jamesie1857 (1954) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Travelers Inn, Apperknowle - Jet black body, thick lacing beige head. Nose is dark chocolate, cocoa beans and a general amount of smokiness. Taste has a bitter chocolate feel to it, rather dry, with a lasting finish. Quite a moderate body, not as slick as would hoped, but nice nonetheless.
BlackHaddock (6336) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20th Dec 2014: half-pint cask, The Crown Inn Oakengates. Poured a deep black with a good tanned blanket of foam on top. Chocolate all the way with this brew, very pleasant and semi-sweet from the start, chocolate maltiness and not much else, but I really liked it.
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Booths Penrith. Pours a fairly thick black. Slightly rubbery aroma, the chocolate comes through quite well and the body is smooth and full. The roast malt lurks subtly in the background throughout, but becomes more obvious on the tongue late on. Really good.
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, third pint at Mr Foley’s in Leeds. Creamy, tan-coloured head blanketing the glass. Almost black in body appearance. Caramel and liquorice on the nose, semi-dry. Dark chocolate, wood and caramel flavours. Soft on the swallow. Appreciated (08.07.2014).