niquillis (650) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at The Holy Inadequate, Stoke on Trent. Pours black with a smooth tan head. In your face with roasts, a vanilla balance, hoppy tang. A cracking stout, very moreish.
downender (5187) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On gravity at Bristol beef festival, 16/3/2013. Near black with a slight, off-white head. Plenty of chocolate character, roasted malts and a touch of vanilla before a dry finish. Good.
johndoughty (3283) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black and flat with no carbonation. Malty with a dry finnish that lingers. Well bottled and pleasant.
SaintMatty (3596) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle - Very dark brown, almost black, with a tan head and some red tinges when held to the light. Roasted malt, plain chocolate and coffee feature in the aroma. Smooth, chocolatey and roasted taste with notes of coffee, vanilla and roasted malt. Easy to drink and tasty.
greenmanalishi (441) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Tatton Park Shop. Dry, roasty character with a robust mouthfeel that leaves the coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco flavours on the taste buds. Excellent.
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, The Plough, Chelmsford, part of Nicholson’s 40 real ale promotion
Aroma is coffee; cream, roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, liquorish, Swiss milk-chocolate. Well balanced and enjoyable despite the iffy conditioning.
wyzzywyz22 (1644) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, Telegraph Inn, New Brighton. Deep dark brown looks with a thin tan head. Roasted malt, dark fruit and dark chocolate notes in the flavour and nose with a hint of booze. Nice n’smooth. Dry bitter finish. Tasty, moreish and well rounded stout.
maeib (7542) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned handpump Swan & Rushes Leicester. A really good looking beer which is black with a beige head. There is coffee, roasted malts and dark chocolate in the good aroma. A very bitter taste follows with coffee and burnt fruit. Pretty good.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Battersea Beer Festival, 10th Feb 2010. Pure black with an oily, slick feel. Very smooth. Orgasmically delightful taste... well, that’s what my notes say but I suspect I was pretty far gone at this stage of the evening!
FatPhil (7496) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 Cask (Angleterre, Helsinki)
Black, small head. Pleasant soft roasty aroma. Full bodied, and tasty, well-balanced English stout. (6:4:7:4:13=3.4)
Rerate: Cask (GBBF2010)
8 Rich smooth milk-chocolatey aroma, bacon later.
5 Black, glorious creamy tan head
7 Retronasals roasty, and quite burnt generally
4 Soft palate, carbonation low. Finish very burnt and a little ashy. Some mashy grains too.
14+ Big, but soft - it’s a cuddly grizzly bear of stouts.