Grumbo (1361) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at the Great British Beer Festival 2016. Poured a very dark brown with a beige coloured head. Aroma is lightly roasted malt, chocolate and nut. Medium roasted bitterness. Body is fairly light, texture slick. Biscuity finish.
Theydon_Bois (16866) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at GBBF ’16, day one, 09/08/16.
Extremely dark mahogany brown with a decent light tan cap.
Nose is earthy fruit rinds, light spice, toffee, biscuit.
Taste comprises brown bread, toffee, mild peppery spice, fruit cake.
Medium body, fine carbonation, drying close.
mR_fr0g (9220) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at GBBF 2016 09/08/2016. A nutty brown coloured pour with a a lasting beige head. Aroma is jammy fruit, berry. Flavour is composed of sweet nutty malts, jammy fruit, Palate is semi sweet, watery, thin, lowish carbonation.
The_Osprey (6330) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, handpull at The Angel, Islington as ’Vale Black Swan’, 3.9%. Very dark brown, red hue, still, clear, no real head. Aroma is light chocolate syrup, cola, molasses. Body is light, smooth, very soft carbonation. Taste is molasses, cheap cola, some apple peel, no real bitterness. A bit on the insipid side. It’s OK.
Vladivostok (445) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark, almost porter colour with a tan head. Flavour is malt with a strong bitter aftertaste but neither sweet nor particularly roasty. Not in the premiership but pleasant enough. The last few beers I have had from Vale seem to have done away with the rather off-putting harshness which I found quite unpleasant, so back on my ’try’ list.
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2015 On cask at Cross Keys, Thame. Pours black brown with tan head. Full bodied smooth beer, roast prominence. Excellent mild.
2/4/15 - cask at Bulls Head, Burslem. As good as I remember it.
VastActiv (5670) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask at Black Door, Helsinki. Originally rated 24032012. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate and roasted malts.
kufdam (159) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at The Bell in Waltham st Lawrence. Black Cola beer. Cocoa and black fruit. Very thin.
wheresthepath (2121) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Millets Farm Shop, Frilford, nr Abingdon. Deep brown with a lasting beige head and a light fizz. Maybe a little thin. Blackberries up front with a touch of smoke and a smidgen of cough mixture. Really quite fruity actually before chocolate and lightly roasted malt comes through in the dry, bittersweet finish. Surprisingly decent; much better than Vale’s usual offerings.
TimE (5046) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color. Chocolate, wood nose. Medium body, malty, with chocolate notes, but a bit too straightforward