RichardW (1370) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich and bitter with lots of chocolate and raisins in the aroma and taste. Quite tangy, with some traces of sulphur, which becomes more obvious late on
johndoughty (3716) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Black with a small head. Chocolate and spices combine to produce a powerful, complex beer. This was very impressive.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Dark Reddish Brown in colour; Deep Ruby against light. Very Malty; roasty/burnt malts, dark chocolate, coffee, some liquorice, caramel. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins. Spicy. Smokey. Hoppy; some earthy hops. Slightly salty. Bittersweet roast/burnt chocolate malty and spiced fruit throughout. Dry finish. Very drinkable. Decent.
SarkyNorthener (1414) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sainsburys. Almost black beer with small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, port and raisins. Taste is chocolate, charcoal, some port notes and dried dark fruits. Light carbonation and slightly oily on the palate. Very nice.
planky84 (1877) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sainsburys. Black pour with a light tan head. Toffee, raisin, chocolate, licorice and coffee aromas with some rich port notes. Nice flavours of dark roast coffee, chocolate ice cream, black treacle, raisins and licorice. Packed full of flavour. Dry roast finish. Very tasty and something I’m drinking quite a bit at the mo thanks to Sainsbury’s 3 for a fiver deal.
Mr_Pink_152 (267) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from Sainsburys, Lincoln. Almost black with thin beige head. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, liquorice and a touch of burnt coffee. Tastes great. This is a very good supermarket offering.
beeebon (139) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 This is a nice stout. Taste is charcoal smokey before notes of dark chocolate and dark fruits/dates. Pleasantly sweet with just enough dry bitterness.
wheresthepath (1445) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, High Wycombe. Deep brown with a small beige head and a light fizz. Charcoal at first, but it’s not overdone and is pleasingly balanced by milk chocolate. Dark fruits like prunes and dates come through to round out and balance the beer. Very impressive for a supermarket own brand, and I was astonished to see that it was brewed by Black Sheep, whose beers I normally dislike. Nice one.
BeerViking (2084) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red-tinged black with a lasting fine coffee-coloured head, roasty nose with hints of treacle and coffee. Roast malt body with burnt bitterness, black treacle and cocoa, touches of soy sauce and more cocoa in the dry finish. A bit too gassy, but very tasty.
SpiderJon (2) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very characterful beer. The initial aroma isn’t especially striking, but the flavour is very good - reasonably (but not unduly) sweet, with smoky notes, and a nicely balanced bitterness. Deceptively drinkable for its 6% strength.