mabjork (688) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark brown / black in colour. Minor beige head.It has a fresh aroma of roasted malt, some vanilla and fruit and you can sense a background sourness. The flavour consists of roasted malt, BUT what really strikes me is the carbonation and an underlying sweetness It has a sweet an fresh aftertaste. I really enjoyed this one
JoePop (3) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2006 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle only courtesy of my mate Scottie K. Aroma-coffee, Appearance had a full body. Flavor - medium bitterness similar to Beamish. Palate - full body, Overall a nice stout.
fiulijn (18399) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black color, the head disappears quickly. Aroma of roased malt, chocolate and vanilla. The body is a bit too thin, with a lot of roasted malt and some chocolate; too much bitter without being interesting.
DJMonarch (9177) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2010 1. Cask Handpump at the Beer House, Manchester 06/09/2001
Dark coloured and smooth on the palate. Roast malt finish.
2. Cask Handpump at the Marble Arch Inn, Manchester 20/07/2002
Black and strong in alcohol. Some bitterness. Slightly dry full roast finish.
3. Cask Handpump at Northwich Victoria FC Marstons Arena, Wincham 12/06/2010
Big roast aroma. Beige head. Black a little rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a dry and slightly bitter roast finish.
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Solid dark body with ruby tinges and a decent looking, light tan head. Aroma wasnít all that pleasant, smelt like engine oil and then christmas pudding. Fortunately the taste doesnít follow the aroma as much, a little bit of burnt rubber, milky coffee and piney hops, was expecting a bit more roasted characters otherwise this is good but not that complex and a little thin.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The round chocolaty, oaty, macchiato, tobacco, grainy dark malt aroma really impressed me and reminded me quite a bit of the W&P stout. Tastes relatively simple, more or less how it smells with some cookies and cream (not cookies-and-cream.) Finishes just a touch weak - with a bit more roast or hop in the back itíd be great. Nice dark tan head, with some clarity. The only other knock is that itís just a little clean and one-dimensional. Itís really just malt, but itís good malt.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a medium head. A roasted, yeasty, black coffee aroma. I thought the taste began well with chocolate and some background sourness, but it faded fast and there wasnít the bitterness I was expecting.
highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottle-conditioned English stout has twice been declared CAMRAís Champion Bottled Beer of Britain, so perhaps Iím missing something. Itís by no means a typical stout, but I canít pretend I really took to it. Served at room temperature, it poured the expected impenetrable dark brown with a tall head that left spackled foam down the glass. Great bitter aroma of espresso coffee grounds, sump oil and forest fire. Very big aroma for the modest 4.5% abv. Ashy flavour profile, very dry and bitter. Very much at the dry end of the stout scale, verging on puckering. Has that espresso íburnt rubberí bitterness, without much in the way of balancing chocolate sweetness. The mouthfeel was thin and a little flat. (500ml botle, Megabeer, bb 17/2/07)
mik82 (34) - ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from sainsburys Lovely black colour and tan head. Typical roasty stout flavours, though without the chocolate often found. Dry and smooth, very good.
blankboy (7110) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry and Dave B. -- courtesy of Dave B. Pours a murky very dark brown, almost black, with a small off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, some hops and nuts -- quite nice. The flavour is very original for a Stout, itís so different: Thereís smoke along with the usual Stout flavours, some vinegar (in a good way), some pepper and more. Bodyís a little thin. Overall I must say this is a unique Stout and though it didnít knock my socks off I still enjoyed it very much.