Beese (2561) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at The Mermaid, St Albans on 12 Jan 2013. Poured a very, very dark ruby, with a dense beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit and cocoa. Coffee and roasty bitter flavours, mixed with fruit loaf and chocolate sweetness. Finish was cake, burnt malt and some grassy hop bitterness.
Vladivostok (433) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice roast flavours and a head which lasts longer than most ’real’ porters/old ales I have tried. Tastes of coffee and toast with a good, firm palate. Just enough sweetness to balance the hops. Although only brewing since 2011, I have been impressed with the beers I have tasted from this company. Long may they continue!
N.B. I don’t see this as a brown ale (normally a weak bottled beer) and since when has Long Crendon been in Aylesbury?
mr_h (4698) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask by handpump at Drum & Monkey, Glasgow - clear dark red / brown, bubbly tan head, roasted malt, caramel, quite high carbonation, smooth, pleasant
cgarvieuk (21106) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2013 cask at mitre ... deep red brown ... thin tan head ... soft chocolate toffee roast nose... soft malty fruits ... juicy malts ... soft toffee roast .. rich soft sweet roast ... light chocolate ...
cask at the anderson ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... soft dark berry fruits and roast nose ... soft roast ... dark chocolate ... mellow chocolate roast ...nice 3.8
goozen (3800) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cast at the Wellington, Birmingham: Very dark brown coloured brew with an good taste of roasted malts, chocolate and caramel and good dry long bitter finish.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Handpull at The Blackfriar. Deep clear ruby black with a small but lasting frothy biege head. Fruity - plum, grape, blackberry - and mild weak coffee roast, some alcohol. Taste follows but much, much sourer - like a light fruity semi-sweet trad porter with extra ropey sourness. Light, somewhat acidic, fairly flat, with a dry tart fruit and light coffee finish. Interesting stuff.
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Rocklands Club,Redditch,Worcestershire.
Deep red brown pour with small tan head.Chocolate and fruity malt nose.Coffee in the taste with roast malt and some hoppiness leading to a little chocolate and then more hoppiness.Easy to drink,pleasant beer.
BlackHaddock (6235) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
30th June 2015: cask half-pint in The Rocklands Club, Redditch. Smooth beige head to the ruby hued dark brown body: plenty of lacing from the head and the whole brew was smooth and rich. Malts all the way here, chocolaty, yet there is a hop content just below the surface to balance out too much sweetness or maltiness. Good.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2012 Cask conditioned handpump A Nation Of Shopkeepers Leeds 05/07/12. This has be renamed Malty Roast having previously been called Malty Chocolate. The recipe appears to have been tweaked slightly but probably not enough for a new entry. It’s dark dark brown with an off-white head and lacing. It’s a dry nutty beer which is woody in the nose. Malty fruity in the mouth. Dark malts are nice dry and roasty without unnecessary sweetness. I’m impressed by XT. Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 3.6. Average becomes 3.5
AshtonMcCobb (5170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ the Haymarket. Pours a chestnut colour with a decent head. The nose has gentle notes of cherries and cola with a hint of chocolate. The taste is of liquorice, then very dry chocolate. The palate is medium bodied, with a creamy texture and a clean finish. Overall, a very good ale..