madmitch76 (13066) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4th March 2013
Craft Islington. Cask. Opaque dark brown beer, small bubbly tan head. Light palate, smooth with fine carbonation. Lovely nose of After Eight mint chocolates. Nice light chocolate with well judges and well integrated mint. Finishes smooth and minty! My favourite of the Thornbridge beers showcased tonight. Could easily have been a mess but it’s light, tasty and very very drinkable.
harrisoni (12492) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Craft Islington. Tatses just like mint choc chip ice cream. Bit powdery on choc. Tastes nice but I would struggle with a pint
Leighton (9641) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at CBC Islington, London. Big thanks to Jack for the leftovers! Pours deep brown with a fine, creamy beige head. Moderate chocolate and mint leaf in the nose. Light sweet flavor with more minty cocoa, very light dirt. Light bodied with fine carbonation. A bit of menthol cooling in the finish, with further mint chocolate, mellow roast, low earthy bitterness, dirt, cocoa. Really nice mint integration here.
maeib (8286) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (6500) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Craft Beer Islington, 06/03/13.
Mid black with a frothy tan head that retains well.
Nose is mint choc chip ice cream, vanilla, dark malts, touch of wood, dark chocolate behind the mint.
Taste comprises roast malt, dark chocolate, mint, slight lactic notes.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth and massaging on the palate, dryish finish.
Scopey (5299) - 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).
Cunningham (3912) - 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]
jackl (3780) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ CBC Islington. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is pretty much exactly like a juinor mint candy or a york peppermint patty. Loads of mint and chocolate syrup goodness. Sweet, nostalgic aromas. The taste is much the same. Nice, rich chocolate with a strong mint finish. Oily body, but slightly thin. Overall, a really nice beer. Apparently mint stouts can work!
teorn88 (1914) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at CBC, Islington. It pours dark brown/close to black colour with a small beige head that lasts quite long. Aroma is slightly roasty and mostly cocoa powder. Hints of mint as well but, luckily, not intrusive. Taste is slightly bitter upfront then turns in a more mellow sweet-ish taste with chocolate and hints of mint. Very good
BeerCast_Rich (1837) - 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