BoBoChamp (4722) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl, exclusive English brew, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, complex Porter, malty/roasted and slightly spicy/fruity, balanced, hazy, rocky head, good brew
BlackHaddock (2923) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
28th April 2012: half pint, cask (Craft, London).
Dark body, black as black with a good full tan coloured head. No lacing though as the beer level sank.
Roasted malts rule the roost in this beer, both in the nose and the taste: coffee, dark chocolate, smoked/burnt hazel nuts and wood, hints of vanilla could also be found in the aroma and in the flavours once I started drinking it.
Found it a little dry and unsweetened for my palate, but certainly drinkable.
jamestulloch (844) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Licquorice, orange, rum, tobacco and dark chocolate.
Appearance: Very dark brown body with a large, frothy tan head that holds quite well. No lacing.
Taste: Unsurprisingly, it’s very malty, but there’s a prominent tangy flavour that verges on sour. Slight smoky bacon flavour. Dry, bitter finish. Tastes more boozy than its 5% ABV.
Palate: Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. Light carbonation.
Overall: The taste doesn’t quite live up to the incredibly complex aroma, but this is still a very tasty beer.
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2013 Bottle 31/07/12. Pours thick brown head, leaving a good covering. Opaque brown. Medium carbonation. Aroma of rich, choccy, roasted malts, some coffee, with a hint of smoke. Taste is dry, lightly acidic, roasty and unsurpisingly, rich complex malts: Lots of very dark, bitter chocolate, roasted flavours and some smoother graininess too, nutty. More roasty, slightly, subtle smoky flavours kick in nearer the end. Good amounts of tangy, slightly citric hops to balance it out, leaving some light, spicy notes on the tongue. Body is slightly fizzy on the tongue, full, but not as heavy or sticky as you’d expect. They’ve done a good job of not letting the malt overpower and make it too sticky or sickly; it’s nice, rich, roasty, but not cloying and well balanced with a background hoppiness (bit citrussy) that comes out on the finish, refreshing the palate, then a light but complex roast and faintly smoky aftertaste. Surprisingly drinkable, nice and tasty. A bit like a refined, more flavoursome/complex Guinness (similar bitterness & dryness). A very good porter.
Nuffield (3546) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lively carbonation at the pub. Grassy, rye-like aroma. A hint of smoke, especially as it warms--is this a rauch beer? I noted--dark brown with ruby touches. O.k., but again not a great beer. (tap at Bacchus, Newcastle)
TheJestersBeer (1880) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours nearly black, with a brown head.
Solid, roasted aroma, malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, tobacco.
Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, lively CO2.
Roasted, smooth taste, malt, chocolate, coffee beans, smoke, hops. Thins out, gets a tad acidic.
planky84 (1786) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mr Lawrence’s Wine Bar (damned off licence was closed!). Dark brown pour with a light tan head. Smoke, chocolate, vanilla and malt aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavour. Throat warmer. Dry finish. Nice.
madmitch76 (12236) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
1st December 2009
Pigs Ear! Clear dark brown beer. Zero carbonation/ Nutty malt. Light and dry fresh fruit. Not bitter.
dynamiteninja (1293) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned. Black. Good size tan head. Purple berries, smokey, gentle citrus. Bitter. Dry finish. Medium carbonation.
oh6gdx (19677) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@Reading Beer Festival 2012. Very dark brown, close to black, with a beigeish brown head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is roasted malts, liquorice, caramel, chocolate and some old coffee. Flavour is quite similar with some ashy and wet burnt wooden notes. Lovely.