Stuu666 (4008) - 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 (17904) - 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 (2454) - 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 (11693) - 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 (422) - 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 (1637) - 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 (3718) - 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.
vesavee (6) - FINLAND - MAY 19, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a tan/cappucino head. Didn’t get much lacing and the head is quite short lived concidering the low ABV. As for the aroma, well, coffee. Yes. Definitely coffee. And some chocolate. But mostly coffee. The aroma sort of writes a check the taste can’t cash – slightly disappointing, but not bad as such. A lot of cappucino in the taste, some chocolate here as well and a hint of vanilla. Slight roastiness in the finish and the cappucino lingers. Mouthfeel not as thin as I feared, totally acceptable. Sort of thin cream. Well that would basically be milk, now wouldn’t it.