Jimthechap (1790) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lively critter this one with more of a tawny port body than ruby, a vigorous coarse cream coloured head and a little haze. The aromas suggest elderberries and herbal fruitiness which is more evident in the flavour. It is lipsmacking and tasty but probably best from nearer Staffordshire than in New Zealand, but still a charming, characterful ale.
jmgreenuk (4988) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from one of the supermarkets. Poured a clear reddish dark brown with a thin broken off white head. The aroma is sweet roasted malt. The flavour is medium bitter with a slightly watery malt, bed berry fruit, light spice hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
hohops (369) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Appearance- very dark ruby/brown. A beige head which lingers. Aroma- toasty, nutty, hint of brown sugar, malty, yeast hints, wholemeal bread. Taste- medium to full bodied, not much bitterness, smooth, dark malty taste is prominent, then sweet raisins come through in the finish. Hints of toffee and caramel. Satisfying and a bit hearty- very good.
deanso (5739) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle from ABCbeers.
Thick creamy tan head. Clear deep burgundy pour. A little sweet with some chocholate. Pretty nice
olliejobbins (965) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a hint of red. Very brown head that appears almost straight away. Aroma of malts and molasses. Tastes of coffee, molasses and a bit of wheat. Best I’ve had from this brewer.
SarkyNorthener (2391) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep Burgundy red. medium head. Aroma of burnt malts. Taste is slightly smokey roasted malts, hint of chocolate and a touch sweet. A little too watery on the palate and carbonated. An interesting beer, I quite like it.
BlackHaddock (4150) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle, to be drank before the end of Jun 2009, drank on the 16th (Jun 2009), so two weeks life remained.
Bottle conditioned and to be drank at 13 degrees C. Poured into a UK pint glass, leaving the sediment in the bottle.
Lovely looking beer, deep ruby red, clear and bright, huge foaming head, light tan in colour.
Malts and un-sweet molasses hit the nose. Then the sweetness of the molasses come to the fore as the beer warms a little.
Malty, yeasty and interesting taste. Chocolate, dark chocolate anyway and liquorice flavours blend together nicely.
Not as rich as I’d expected, but OK, a little thin if I’m being honest.
Very pleasant beer from a fairly local brewery
Crit (3394) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with small tan head, small intense bead.Pleasant toasty malt nose.Nutty light roasr profile, hint of hops in finish
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottled. A dark ruby coloured beer with an off-white head and lacing. Sour and woody. A hint of chocolate but otherwise a diabolical mess again from Leek. A sour fruity infected drainpour.
sm89walt (1780) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle. A bit like Coke in terms of appearance. With an aggressive pour a small, bubbly tan head surfaces before fading atop a murky dark brown body. Stale coffee filter, some roasted malts, almonds & raisin aromas. Dry, nutty & earthy-yeasty on the tongue with a mild but developing roastiness. Dry, medium length finish, fairly soft palate texture & medium body. After letting it sit for quite some time it improved slightly, the malt taking over from the earthy, leafiness.