Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cool concept/label/name. Big aroma--roasted and pleasant with a little bacon (Canadian bacon), too. Dark brown/black, no ruby. Low bitterness. Goes especially well with wheat bread. Decent body. Not bad at all. (cask at the Scottish Real Ale Festival, Edinburgh, June 2012)
johndoughty (3528) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with a small head. Gentle creaminess with a medium body.Slightl acidic and not quite up to their usual high standard. Still worth trying.
rauchbier (3499) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, from Tesco Scunthorpe. Jet black, fluffy but shortlived cream head and moderate condition. Gentle liquorice and coffee in the nose with a developing phenolic burnt plastic note, pleasant powdery coffee bitterness in the mouth but quite soft and sweet behind the scenes with muted chocolate and a slight berry fruitiness. Finish is muted with a low coffee bean bitternesss, some woody vanilla and a slight chocolate sweetness
ClubGonzo (3202) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a deep brown, near-black body with a small light beige head. Nose is light licorice and milk chocolate, aniseed-like herbal tones and some lactic hints. Taste is filter coffee, toffee, milk chocolate, dark malts and some herbal traces. Slightly thin palate, yet smooth. A bit plain - especially for using spices - but a fair enough stout, all in all.
dEnk (3108) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is big roast, chocolate, liquorice some molasses and more. Flavour is
Finn (3089) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske 0,5l spandert av Rune og delt med ham under rateseanse hos ham 20 Sep 12. Egentlig svart men i sterkt lys slipper det en dyp rødfarge igjennom. Svakt farget kremaktig skum som fester seg godt til glasset. God sjokoladearoma. Smaken er sammensatt: Sjokolade & lakris. Antydning til bær i ettersmaken. Bra men uspennende.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tesco. Pours a black colour with a fair tan head. Aroma of caramel, roasty malt, chocolate and coconut. Similar flavours with plenty of chocolate upfront. Some port wine and coconut again to finish. Moderate carbonation and CO2 prickle. Tasty.
kiwianer (2955) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - APR 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is medium, the body black. It smells roasty, darkmalty. The taste is roasty, darkmalty, intensive, aromatic, a bit fruity. 12/11/12/12/12/12
Vaiz (2939) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Black pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, bready yeast, roasted and smooth, creamy. Flavor is sweet roasted malts, a bit thin but well balanced. Nice and drinkable.
BlackHaddock (2902) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml Bottle, best before Dec 2012, poured into a vase shaped ’Old Speckled Hen’ pint glass on 29 Nov 2011.
Deep, dark ruby red body, weak, thin wispy covering on top.
Smell of chocolate, ground coffee beans and baked shortbread biscuits. I might try this beer hot next time!
The taste is very simular to the aromas, with some keen carbonisation to give the sweet malty flavours a spritzy feel in the mouth. Some of the ingrediants listed on the label (Coriander and Orange Zest) I couldn’t find, although it was a lovely tasting beer. Without a doubt a Stout, not a Scottish Ale at all.
My enjoyment of this beer was hightened by my football team winning 6-0 as I reviewed it!