zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Real Ale in a Bottle. Very pleasant stout. Roasty, chocolate and coffee flavours are in harmony and donít insult the palate. This is a real drinking stout - not a beer to fuss about and get pretentious over, but to beer to drink and enjoy. I loved it.
Zipgun (2) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely delicious stout! One of the nicest beers Iíve ever tasted. Looks great, smells great, tastes great! Iíve drank nothing but this great beer for the last 2 months. Iím in heaven!
TomSpears (65) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with live yeast from the supermarket. Flavoursome. Chocolate. Gentle. Quality. Great mouthfeel.
harrisoni (16722) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Sainsbury. Blackbeer with tight lasting head. Dark roasted malt aroma with roast chestnuts bit of tar and coffee/choc. Smoothin mouth with bitter choc and coffee Endingis long and rich withchoc, coffee and hoppiness that is quite understated and then more forceful as it goes on
ladnewton (1738) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at the Wenlock Arms, London on 14th June 2009. Solidly and intensely black with small off-white head which quickly dissipates. Strong chocolate on the nose then a sharp and intense burst of bitter chocolate and vanilla which register side by side in the first kick. A long, deluxe bitter chocolatey finish that becomes drier. Delicious, and a very good dessert drink too. Very enjoyable, and not too strong at four and a half abv.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet Black hue with a light brown head. Strong pronounced coffee nose with toasted malts. Fantastic complax tastes with coffee roasted malts and caramel hints. A great stout.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Dark root beer color with chestnut color on the edges. Full, thick, creamy, meringue like head that is sticky and has very good retention. Finally (and I do mean finally) settles into a thick creamy layer of lace.
S - Nice stout aroma with coffee initially with some dark and milk chocolate. Then roasted malt, along with an earthy woody aroma. Subtle nuttly smell and just a hint of hops.
T - Starts out with a mix of dark and milk chocolate and some strong black coffee. Then a strong roasted malt bitterness comes in. Mid sip has some earthy hops come out and some roasted nut and woodiness. Finishes with just a hint of tartness and a fair amount of roasted bitterness and earthy flavors with the chocolate and coffee in the background again (a bit more coffee than chocolate).
M - Between medium and light (a little on the thin side but thatís expected with the ABV). Low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and drying but not as creamy as I was hoping.
D - Pretty easy to drink stout with very well balanced and ever changing flavors. The flavors have different strengths each sip and so each flavor is represented well throughout the bottle.
Notes: Best before 09/05/11. Solid example of a nice sessionable stout. Plenty of flavor especially given the ABV and flavor. This helps put away the myth that beers need a high ABV for high flavor. Well balanced and good integration of all the typical stout flavors. Really enjoyable stout, itís unfortunate that it doesnít get exported. Definitely worth grabbing although Iím not sure if itís quite good enough to go to a lot of trouble for.
SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
coffee, chocolate, roasty from a black body with a thin foamy head, medium sweetness, very bitter, coffe flavour that turns to chocolate in the finish, very good though it is a bit watery and was alot of fizz when i opened the bottle.
mike_77 (4930) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour with lacy foam head. Strong roasted malty aroma and flavour. Nice strong level of bitterness with an hint of espresso and a thick oily texture.
Don2711 (357) - - JAN 26, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark roast aroma. Dark brown appearance. Caramel and sweet chocolate taste and good strength. Lovely.