Garrold (1710) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask. Hallamshire House, Sheffield. Very dark brown. Bubbly, thick, tan head. Dark, roast malts. Fresh mint. Spearmint. Hint of coffee grinds. Taste is mostly sweet. Some dry. Some roast bitter. Bit of treacle. Full, chewy palate. Finishes light bitter. A lot less minty than it used to be, I’m sure. And better for it.
weordie (101) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, minimal head. Great scent of the chocolate mint from the pint. Taste is pleasant, slight aftertaste of the chocolate mint that is quickly replaced with a strong stout taste. Nice for one pint, couldn’t have more
BeerViking (2688) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Magpie, dep dark brown with a tan head and a big, almost overwhelming, cocoa nose. Palate is dry-sweet cocoa with roasty malt, burnt bitterness and just a hint of mint. Quaffable, but OTT.
gegwilson (1459) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg in Tapped, Leeds. Pours pretty dark with a tan head. Plenty of chocolatey mint flavour. Like a liquid after eight. A good pudding beer.
minutemat (1880) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ Sheffield Tap. Pours pitch black with beige head. Smooth mint chocolate ice cream, well-blended and not too dominant, alongside roasted malts and dark chocolate shavings. Very nice indeed. Wish I had a slice of Vienetta to go with this!
Scopey (7407) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at DaDa. It pours darkest brown (nr black) with a medium beige head. The nose is chocolate, mint, mint matchmakers and light roast. The taste is bitter-sweet, mint choc chip ice-cream, After Eight mints, roasted malt, cocoa, earth and faint liquorice with a dry, toasty finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Rather tasty! The balance is spot on, very well balanced indeed (i.e. not too sweet).
jamesie1857 (1477) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at Coach and Horses, Dronfield - A bit different, deep rich black body, with thick white head. Nose is straight away mint choc chip ice-cream, the taste is similar, a bit like a powdery After Eight mint... in a glass. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but even so, it was excellent. Wouldn’t do more than one though.
Cunningham (4916) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
What a rare brew. Black as The Night with a small beige head. We called it the Villa beer. After Eight! It was more or less like floating after eight chocolate. Nice if you like that. Otherwise….do not buy!
[On tap at Coopers Tavern (Free) in Burton-on-Trent, England]
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned handpump Craft Beer Co N1 London 04/03/13. A black beer with a beige head. Chocolate and peppery mint in the nose. Nice bitter chocolate in the mouth. Good roasty flavours. Mint is only a tempter. I was reticent about this worried that the mint would be overpowering or wouldn’t work but actually it balances nicely. Having said that it is only just hinted at. Lovely.
BeerCast_Rich (1891) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[cask at Craft N1] Black pour, thin white head. On the nose, huge amounts of thick, sweet chocolate – smells like an Easter egg. On the taste, more of that sweet, syrupy Easter egg choc, plus a touch of mocha, then mint that rises towards the end. Touch of the Vienetta’s – it’s mostly roasty and chocolatey. Faint minty background, sweet chocolate finish. Tastes very similar to Ayr Brewing Co’s Dr Blacklock that I *cough* had a hand in making. Chocolate syrup and peppermint oil went in that one – this one tastes as if something similar could have been used. Good beer though – but like the original Blacklock, gets a bit much after a while