Stuu666 (5612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Larbert beer festival. Pours clear deep amber, nose is sweet toffee, burnt, taste is similar, dry.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle muled to me from Scotland by my friend AZ - thanks, A!! Dead-looking brown-amber with minimal head. Quite a lot of caramel with a little licorice and sour persimmon - oddly strong for 4%, at least on the nose. Taste - mostly sour and watery. Maybe a bit past its prime?
VastActiv (3496) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 07092012. Colour is light brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Nuts, fruits, bitterness and malts.
allmyvinyl (5442) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle from Real Ale Warehouse. Pours clear copper brown, thick off-white head. Aromas of light toffee and herbs. Taste has more herbal bitterness, slight nutty quality. Medium body, prickly carbonation. Abrupt finish. Ok, if a bit thin.
Stuartyboy (805) - SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Aldi a muddy brown ale with sone carmel notes some fruity notes
Light sweetness slightly soapy
Nilz (435) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, as Drovers 80/-. A slightly opalescent dark ruddy ale with a slim white head. Aroma toffee spicy and hoppy. Taste was of malts, caramel and an intriguing soapy hint - I rather liked it.
jamestulloch (1849) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Aldi. Murky brown body with a thin off-white head. mild aroma of grass, earth and lightly roasted malt. Dull flavour of sweet malt and spicy hops. Thin body with a watery mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. A boring Bitter.
Graham77 (282) - Cumbria, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle conditioned. Pours light brown with minimal off white head.Sweetish caramel and fruit aroma. Flavour is well balanced with noticeable wheat and medium bitterness and sweetness. A very nice 80/-.
Imaena (1989) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Scotland: Thistly cross beer fest. Overly bitter for the style. Not really worht seeking out.
BlackHaddock (4563) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A present from the Falkirk Wheel: my bottle is the ’Wheel Ale’ version. 500ml bottle conditioned: BBD Sep 2013, poured slowly into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 25 July 2013.
Lovely looking beer: deep ruby/brown with a huge lightly tanned head on top.
Malty smell and taste: crisp and sharp also, this is a complex brew. Roasted malts leap out the glass into your nose, semi-sweet and almost chocolatey in nature. Yeast notes appear as the beer warms a little, adding complexity and interest to the aroma.
The taste is a malt led with a blend of tangy hops below the surface giving a wonderful full feel, a yeasty taste also aids the overall flavourings to produce a truly pleasant dark beer.