madmitch76 (16807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
31st March 2011
Crosse Keys Spoons. Opaque black beer, no real head. Medium dry palate. Nice fresh tasting dark malt, no roastiness or bitterness. Trace of smoke and minerals. Sweet liquorice and a trace of coffee. Crisp dry finish. Good stuff!
cgarvieuk (15923) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
cask at goal house jdw ... dark black ... thin tan head ... licorice and roast malt nose ... soft roast malts ... huge licorice ... soft roast ... hint of coffee
harrisoni (14461) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask handpull at Spoons Victoria Station. Black with thin beige head. Some liquorice but not overly dominant. Some very roasted malt flavour. Burnt and touch of charcoal. Fairly full in mouth and very distinct flavours. Pretty good to be honest. Yes very full in mouth.
Leighton (13012) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW. Pours dark brown with a filmy, beige head. Nice aroma, dark malts, cocoa and coffee beans, hints of roast. Flavor ain’t bad either, very nice smokiness, good malty, sugary backbone, some smoked meats, wood, faint, earthy bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smokey, burnt malt finish, some hints of what I guess is supposed to be licorice, cocoa, chocolate syrup, some citrusy hops in the throat. A very solid beer.
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 01/04/2011
Some roast aroma. Beige head. Black a little rich and smooth on the palate. Hoppy and fruity with a hint of bitterness in a dry liquorice flavoured finish.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned handpump Eastgate Northampton. A black beer with a thick off-white head and lacing. A fairly thin, partly sweet aroma. Decent in the mouth with light roast and a touch of bitterness. Liquorice, chocolate and a bit of veg. It’s OK.
leaparsons (8576) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, Last Plantagenet, Leicester. Black with a beige foam. Aromas are dark chocolate with rich coffee and some smoky, meaty notes. Soy sauce with burnt, woody aspects. Flavours are dry and woody with peat and sweet chocolate and blackberry. Salty soy notes with a dry roast finish. Pretty good.
DruncanVeasey (7379) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Baron. Pretty much pitch with a dirty, lowdown tan collar. Beef crisps, chocolate malt and roasted aubergine aroma. Flavour is impressive; burnt but oozingly lactic with melted Cadbury’s, zero liquorice, burnt wood and a delicate, retronasal smoked meat and onion sauce note like a rauch. There is a tang of hop but pretty much completely buried by mellow roastedness- good. Thick, dusty and lingering. Right up there with the Cairngorm Roggen and Butcombe for me.
downender (6635) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask-conditioned at the Knights Templar (JDW), Bristol 16/04/2011. Near black with a thin, tan head. Aroma of big roasted malts with a touch of chocolate. Full mouth feel, with the flavour dominated by charcoal, with a touch of some chocolate and liquorice before a dryish finish. Very enjoyable.
wimpyjoe (5075) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Disappointing stout which is understated from its tasting notes description.