dynamiteninja (1681) - Norfolk, 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.
undercurrent25 (1627) - 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
jjsint (1552) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Tesco. Colour is black with reasonable full grey-tan head. Aroma is of nuts of course, with some smoke and liquorice notes. A bit metallic. Taste is exquisitely complex, sweet mostly but slightly bitter.
StueyD (1501) - 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.
olliejobbins (1447) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle shared with rob d. pours very dark brown/red with small dark head. aroma is of malts and roasted coffee but not too strong. taste is the same with a full mouth feel
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...
flying_pig (1198) - SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Home Bargains (£1.39):
Darker, roasted malts and some coffee with a hint of nut as the name would suggest plus a little chocolate. There wasn’t a lot going on with this one but I also detected some sugary sweetness towards the end.
Dark mahogany to black with a very large, three inch tall head that gradually increases in size once poured and was left overflowing the glass after even a light pour. The head is light brown and foamy with good retention.
Roasted malts and some chocolate with a little toffee but the nuttiness from the smell is not noticeable in the taste to me. There is a few earthy flavours and a hint of darker fruits too.
Smooth & creamy with a light medium body and a nice touch of bitterness and light carbonation and some sweetness at the end with a slightly dry finish.
A solid effort from Thwaites, the flavours were enjoyable but a little subdued and didn’t really grab your attention. The mouthfeel was good however and the alcohol content was just right making it an easy beer to drink.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very enjoyable, and another mild! Some choc and not much nut. Dark loveliness. Great lunchtime brew. Yes. See Dom consume imminently.
scotty (1103) - SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was very dark, with a big bubbled beige head. The palate is lovely soft and very malty, not that nutty to be honest, there is a hint of coffee on the finish. A great quaffable brew, could drink loads of this.
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Dark brown with finger thick ivory head.
Aroma: Fruity, malty, yeasty.
Taste: Low bitterness, sweetness and sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, low carbonation, abrupt fruity malty fairly non finish.
Comments: Ok and glass lace. Pretty bland.
Earlier Rating: 1/12/2014 Total Score: 3.6
Appearance: Clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a finger thick ivory/tan head.
Aroma: Raisin, a hint of chocolate, orchard fruit, bread and toffee.
Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium sourness and low bitterness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average/prickly carbonation, abrupt toffee, raisin, malty sweet, sour finish.
Comments: Lovely and glass lace. Rating is for bottled version 3.9% ABV.