ManVsBeer (8270) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask during a Wetherspoon Beer Festival in 2010. No notes as pre-Ratebeer for me but rating transferred from the Facebook Beerseek app.
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Cafe Royale. Pours black, nose is coffee and chocolate, taste is similar.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Poured black with a dark tan head. Aroma has a good dollop of coffee, some dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Flavour has obvious coffee, sweet malts, finish is a little bitter. Quite enjoyable really, just many great beers of this style that do it better.
anders37 (22515) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ GBBF 2013. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee aroma. Roasted malty coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish.
SarkyNorthener (3917) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@the black country arms, walsall. Black beer with medium beige head and decent lacing. Aroma of espresso. Taste is espresso, burnt malts and oats. Creamy body. Very good.
rlgk (17300) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at GBBF 2013. Very dark brown beer with a beige head. Huge espresso aroma, coffee, tar, dark chocolate, hay, burnt, woody notes, licorice, prunes, some vanilla. Coffee flavor, fruity, prunes, hay, chocolate, truffles, vinous, biscuits, a bit roasted, espresso, some caramel. Quite drinkable.
Nilz (501) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours a raven black ale with a tan head which dissipates. Aroma of treacle and coffee. Taste a smoky treacle with black coffee. An interesting offering, one that intrigued me.
jamestulloch (3284) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Rich coffee and dark chocolate.
Appearance: Jet black body with a medium tan head. Good lacing.
Taste: Unlike previous raters, I found this to have quite a harsh bitterness (to be fair, the previous rate was from eight months ago...) Dark chocolate and espresso (living up to its name). Strong flavours but not the smoothest blend/balance.
Palate: Medium body with a watery, slightly oily texture. Flat carbonation.
Overall: As a Stout, it’s extremely rich, bitter and flavoursome. The balance isn’t quite there though and so it’s not very moreish (after half a pint, I’d almost had enough).
Nuffield (4033) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am going to be going against the grain here, but I absolutely loved this. My notes reported, "Lovely! Exciting!" Great nose--vanilla, coffee, toffee/caramel. Fabulous flavors--jumping with coffee and interesting notes. Thin body, of course, but it’s British afterall. The best thing about this, we talked about, was its overwhelming tiramisu quality. Benjii agreed. I got this from a woman next to be at the bar, so she gets credit, but she’s absolutely right. This is tiramisu in a freakin’ glass--spectacular. (cask at the Scottish Real Ale Festival, Edinburgh, June 2012)
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at the Scottish Real Ale Festival, 2012. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair light tan head. Aroma of tiramisu, caramel, sweet coffee and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. A little sweet overall.