tombyars (1414) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled this cracking stout/old ale in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in November 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark mahogany black in colour with clear ruby tints around the edges, thick creamy off white coloured head. Looked good visually. Strong lingering sweet aroma of dark berry fruits and smokey roasted malts. Delicious thick creamy mouthfeel and superb lacing which showed supping levels really well. Dark malt complexes give a plethora of flavours (had the last pint drawn from the cask)Black malt and roast malt combination giving an initial taste of burnt toast and grain. Strong winey flavours from the malt base give a rich fruity overtone of boiled brambles, damson jam and then treacle toffee, dark bitter chocolate and fudge all evident. Slight hop prickle in the aftertaste but this is rather fleeting as sweetness dominates through into the finish. Sweet sherry and rich, warming woody port notes come through at the end. Popular beer here, as the regulars finished the barrel off in a day. Tasted more like a traditional old ale than a stout though. Highly recommended. Wadworths take note, there is a market for this type of old ale.
fonefan (36362) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (handpump) @ The Standing Order, 62-66 George St, Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2LR.
Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, dark roasted, burnt malt, fruity - berries (blackcurrant maybe). Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, berries - blackcurrant acidic. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. 
harrisoni (14225) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Combined rating from Willow Walk and Samuel Peto pubs. Second sample better than first as no diacetyl. Baked blackcuarrant and sour liquorice flavour. Just bizarre. Can’t tell if it is work of genius or just not quite right in terms of flavours. The sour baked elements I like. Crazyness in a glass.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Bankers Draft (JDW), Bedford, after the end of ’Spoons, Beer Festival ’10. Very dark brown, near black, with an off white head. Sweet buttery caramel aroma. A vaguely fruity sweetness in the taste, which I wouldn’t really have noticed as blackcurrant, a fruit which I spent the Summer of 1970 harvesting. Slight bitterness. Fair enough.
Bullit (4029) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
JDW Fest Autumn 2010
Cask @ Society Room, JDW. Dark brown / dark red colour, beige head. Aroma is roated malts, little fruityness. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, blackcurrants. Well done.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Conditioned Handpump Eastgate Northampton. A black beer with a thick blanket of off-white head and lace. A pretty decent sweetish stout with indeterminate fruit but a warming chocolate note. A thin aroma but certainly quite good in the mouth.
BeerViking (2770) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Plough & Harrow (JDW) in Hammersmith. Tastes more like a strong ale than a stout. Looks great - dark brown with a beige head, chocolate and a hint of fruit on the nose, then a fruity body with the fruit sweetness well balanced with dry and roasty malt. Tasty, but somehow it is not quite all there.
wheresthepath (1651) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Cask at the Back of Beyond (JDW), Reading] Deep ruby-brown, negligible head. Dryness is dominant, but there’s some sweetness behind. Flavour is quite strong on blackcurrant leaf, rather than the actual blackcurrants themselves. There’s a fair bit of sourness behind, as if the balckcurrants used weren’t quite ripe. The roasted malt of a stout is fairly well hidden behind this. I was looking forward to a rich stout enhanced by a rich Ribena-type flavour, and this wasn’t it. Overall a very unusual beer - something I would normally welcome, but it didn’t quite work for me in this case. I ended up feeling the blackcurrant leaf flavour would have been better used in a golden ale than a stout.
Borresteijn (5003) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Standing Order, Edinburgh, Scotland. Black colour, beige head. Aroma of chocolate, black currant, hard roasted malts. Flavour is blackcurrant, coffee, bit of chocolate, roasted bitter finish. Light bodied.
berkshirejohn (4709) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. I was really looking forward to this one as I’m a fan of the Wadworth brewery and addicted to blackcurrants - but in the end I found this rather disappointing - the chocolate malts almost completely masking the fruit.
The colour was deep mahongany with a ring of cream head; the aroma was rich and chocolately; the consistency was rather heavy with a dry chocolate flavour to start, then some sweeter fruit appeared, but these were not obviously blackcurrants; the finish was dry and biscuity.
A good stout, but not what I was hoping for.