Nocturne (863) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Pi, Altrincham. Near black shade. Nice head, lace. Canít fault the appearance. Roasted malt and grape fruitiness in the aroma. Taste is a step down. Seems very lacking in hop flavour and bitterness. Soft subdued roasty taste instead. Bit of a let down.
ianwelby (520) - SCOTLAND - JUN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black beer with a thin bubbly head. Light malt aroma but the flavour is more balanced with a fruity sweetness. Aftertaste is where the strength comes through.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
At the NWAF Manchester 2012. Will have to try this again as Iím sure it was in bad condition. Muddy dark brown, no head. Some roasted malts but very little hops coming through. Thin palate.
SaintMatty (5485) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask (Fitzgeralds, Sunderland) - Dark brown in colour. Pine, roasted malt and coffee in the aroma. Roasted and slightly soapy taste with notes of hops, liquorice and fudge.
Theydon_Bois (9606) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Euston Tap, thanks to Rilester for the tip off, 19/03/14.
Dark chestnut brown with a well appointed light beige head, good lacing ensues.
Nose is floral hops, light tropical notes, perfumed twang, rose hip.
Taste comprises more floral notes, Turkish Delight, light roast, hint of tropicana, a little hoppage.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate, light bitter linger at the close.
Looks and feels the part but doesnít really tick the boxes for this style at the business end of things, just not hoppy or bitter enough. That said itís an inoffensive easy drinking affair and better than a fair amount of the twig water Iíve encountered in recent months!
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Med brown. Aroma is basically toasty. Light, toasty character. Not much hop. Bit of nutty sweetness in the finish. Decent brown ale, but nothing cascadian.
minutemat (1816) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ London Drinker Beer Festival 2014. Pours nice and dark with roasted malts, teasing pine and bitter hops. Not mindblowing but drinkable nonetheless.
mR_fr0g (3618) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask graviity at The london drinker beer fest. 2014. Brown colour with red hues, stodgy loose off white head. Aroma is some hot alcohol, berry, earthy pine hop and a touch of roast. Flavour comprises of rubber, roast, earthy pine hops, English yeast esters. Some hot alcohol in the flavour as well. Served too warm. Solid dirty bitterness. Medium full body, lowish carbonation.
s_hartshorne (1614) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cask jdw dewsbury. V dark red colour good off white head and lacing. Aroma is red fruits and malts. Taste is similar sweet mild bitterness. Medium body soft carbonated. This was decent but no where near enough hops to call a true black IPA decent session stuff low abv.
stretch37 (2) - WALES - FEB 17, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A cracking pint in the Victoria Durham, almost black, creamy head not too bitter in taste, lasting after taste, all in all excellent.