joe19612 (1934) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Conditioned. Pours a lovely black colour with a huge tan coloured head. Real good winter berry aroma with loads of malt. The taste is sweet malt with a lovely dry finish. A very good beer.
sm89walt (1780) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Deep, ruddy dark brown colour with a medium sized, lasting creamy beige head with decent retention & that left a uniform lace. Very delicate background aroma profile, some nut, choc & roast but all hard to get at. Nutty, bready & yeasty flavours with an hint of fruit, lactic chocolate & an empty pasteurised-like quality. Light body, medium carbonation with a choccy, lightly roasted soft & shortish bitterness. Not a bad beer by any means; easy drinking but just too subtle & uneventful for itís own good in my book.
dynamiteninja (1590) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle conditioned. Pours a thin loose tan head, with poor retention. Black body. Aroma is metallicy/irony. Some fruits if you really look. Strange. A bad batch perhaps, although as the rating shows I still rather liked it. Later coming through is weak hints of cherries, chocolate milkshake, roastiness and Coca Cola. Rather sweet; there is some bitterness there. It smells like blood and looks like blood. Very refreshing and restorative. High carbonation, dry finish with some bitterness. Soft and silky mouthfeel. A good mild, particularly as the style never seems to much suit being bottled.
RichardW (1550) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Morrisons, Carlisle. Black with ruby hints and an off-white head. Despite being stronger than the cask version it derives from, it doesnít quite have the same body. Solid malty flavour, with the recognisable Thwaites sweetness just about right. Pleasant carbonation, little evidence of bottle conditioning at the bottom, but no complaints, what with bottled milds being rare, let alone bottle conditioned ones! Cask version is far superior.
undercurrent25 (1485) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2011
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Balanced, slight roast malt flavour, overall no strong flavours come through, tasted a bit average
jamesie1857 (1482) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle - pours black (surprise) with a thin tan head. Very little aroma, a bit oatmeal, a bit cereal, nothing too dramatic. Relatively smooth mouth feel, and clean taste for a mild. Afterwards, nothing unpleasant. Iím not a fan of milds, but this wasnít bad.
Gary (1466) - the hood Brentford, London,, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle conditioned). I have a cold, so everything smells like shit , but I got subtle coffee and dark chocolate breaking through the sinus blocking... nice black base , with lose beige head that just died too soon. A pretty grimy and unslick dark ale but soulful and honest features ,with a meaty , smoky , roastines, ev ident bitter chocolate and dark fruit , like tart plums ....This beer is a bit syrupy and jamish in body , with what iíd call a sludgy texture . Dirty , but diggable and niceale .
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - Caramel and molasses
A - Dark brown with cream coloured head
T - Light sweetness, with a dry finish
P - Medium body, with soft carbonation
O - Alright...
StueyD (1239) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark, cola brown beer with a frothy but weak tan head. A very light aroma, roasted malt and coffee combine with a hint of nuttiness. Medium dry mouthfeel. An initial dry, roasted malt flavour, where espresso coffee and bitter dark chocolate come to the fore. This is followed by a more smooth, sweeter flavour where the nut element makes its appearance. A well rounded and smooth, slightly sweet malt finish. Purchased from Tesco, under the label "Nutty Black" in bottle-conditioned form at 3.9% abv.
niquillis (1206) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Tesco. A very dark ruby with a tan head. A nice smooth bottled ale, caramel, malts, toffee, very nice.