imdownthepub (12585) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, - OCT 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask conditioned at The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton, London. Dark brown with off white head. The roasted malt flavours are definitely there, maybe a little thin, but charred husk notes and chocolate, however; I didn’t get the hops very much, there wasn’t the prominence I was expecting. A touch disappointing.
AshtonMcCobb (4811) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at the Stockbridge Tap.
Appearance - close to opaque black with a decent head.
Nose - liquorice and charcoal.
Taste - more liquorice. Imagining some dark fruits.
Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish.
Overall - more of a light dry stout than a black ipa.
nihtila (2544) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Stockbridge Tap. Reddish dark brown. Nose is red fruits, light roast. Tastes light sweet, light dark malts and chocolate.
Stuu666 (9251) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Stockbridge tap. Pours deep ruby, nose is tropical, cheesy, roasted, taste is similar, sweet, juicy.
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From old notes - no detail available - will re rate once I find the beer again.
harrisoni (16564) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask gravity at Planet Thanet BF 2015. Bottled and drunk on the train home. Dark brown black beer. Chocolate aroma. Chocolate and lime flavour in the mouth. Decent chocolate not too roasted. Likeable.
Nocturne (1594) - 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. Can’t 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 (943) - 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 I’m sure it was in bad condition. Muddy dark brown, no head. Some roasted malts but very little hops coming through. Thin palate.
SaintMatty (6465) - 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 (15534) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 doesn’t really tick the boxes for this style at the business end of things, just not hoppy or bitter enough. That said it’s an inoffensive easy drinking affair and better than a fair amount of the twig water I’ve encountered in recent months!