mr_h (4758) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle (not bottle conditioned) from Sainsbury’s, Darnley, Glasgow - opaque very dark brown near black, thin lively beige head, lot of bubbles, roasted malty, chocolate aroma, negligible lacing, chocolate, a bit spicy, very high carbonation, touch metallic
allmyvinyl (9449) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle at home. Pours near-black, big bubbly beige head. Light roast and chocolate aromas. Taste has a little more chocolate, slight metallic note. Sweet finish. Quite light bodied and thin. Not bad, not great.
booldawg (57) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite effervescent for the style. Good mix of malt/hops. Thin tan head. Quite fizzy on the tongue.
MaartenRF10 (1865) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear black, light tan head, fading. Mostly roasted malts and coffee this one. Rather watery. Miss the chocolate, so I will just eat that with the beer.
Mr_Pink_152 (3765) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2015 500ml bottle from sainsburys. Not sure about this one. Deep almost black colour. Certainly not a big ago a bit roasted malts. These are also in the taste. Ok but not great.
beeebon (403) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Sainsburys. Pours a nice black with minimal tan head. Smell is roasted malt with a vegetable like quality, bits of coffee coming through too. The taste is roasted malt mainly, with notes of dark chocolate and coffee coming through mildly with a slight dry fruit. This leads on to a nice dry finish. Nothing amazing but certainly drinkable!
Firefly54 (244) - - NOV 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black colour, off white head. Aroma - quite sweet, milk chocolate, raisin, hint of coffee, some plum and red fruit. Taste - less going on than with the aroma. Chocolate and coffee notes, slight liquorice, touch of vanilla. Bitterness is short, medium carbonation. Acceptable enough stuff.
BlackHaddock (6351) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear 500ml Bottle: BBD May 14, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard during Nov 13 and shared with no one.
Pours a pleasant black shade, with a full foaming blanket of tanned bubbles.
The smell was over roasted malts, which gave coffee and dark chocolate notes and a hint of what was to come taste wise.
Sure enough, malted chocolate and coffee feel to the flavour, slight bitter finish to each sip, but the hops kept a low profile throughout. A long way from sweet, but it wasn’t sour either, just a regular Porter, if a little thin in body depth.
mR_fr0g (9281) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at home from Sainsburys. Clear bottle. Aroma is socks, some skunky veg hops, choc and roast. Dark Caramel / red pour with a thin beige head. Flavour is a bit stale, solid roast. Slight rusty penny in the finish. Palate is light but a nice dry finish.
BeerViking (4144) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near black with a lasting thin beige head, cocoa, roast malt and a little roast coffee on the nose. Creamy-dry body with more dry plain chocolate, notes of dark dried fruit, some juicy malt and a little liquorice. Light appley sweetness in the midbody, finishing with dry burnt bitterness and a returning coffee note. Very nice!