JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 Great looking dark red/brown colour with a nice, log lasting, off white head. aroma is roasted coffee and malts. Flavour is great; malty, nutty, roasted, liquorice. Nice long aftertaste, with some hops and bitterness. Full to medium bodied with an excellent mouthfeel. Great beer. ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUL 24, 2006
It’s really one of my favorites. This ale had a great chocolatey sweetness but it was well balanced with a slight malty flavor. The aroma was phenominal and it really brought me to higher standards for an ale. Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 I love this beer hoppy nutty and maltly. Hope to find this on tap one day. Rerate on tap at the brewery fucking amazing. Page 61 of MJ’s Great Beer Guide and only 462 Classic Brews to go. JaPe (69) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
Wow Big head. Bubble texture. Creamy Rich smoky flavor. Mouthful is sweet and biter at the same time and it leaves this bubbly feeling when its gone SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Lucent brown, thin beige head, medium-light body, medium-high carbonation.
Jasonr3 (2) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011 does not count
Aroma: sweet toffee malt, fruity esters, some minerality, ant a faint hint of leafy hops.
Taste: brown malt, toasted bread, leafy hops (not notably bitter or aromatic -which means nicely balanced i guess), and a subtle hint of peat smoke.
Rich and complex, but balanced. More brown ale than old ale, as there are no descernable alcohol or oxidative notes. Would be much better on cask. It has a very nice smoke character which adds depth and complexity to the roasted malt character.
Out of the bottle in a pint glass. Nose is espresso, sweet malts, sea water, and chocolate. Palate is light yet soft with a slight effervescence. Taste starts out like a traditional english ale, and then blooms to complexity. Banana in the middle of the bell in the back of the palate, liquorice, chocolate, seaweed. Finishes with a note slight note of espresso bitteness that lingers. Tasty, complex, intriguing, drinkable, unique, a very nice beer worth picking up or adding rum or a nice peated scotch/ sweet bourbon to. worldbeertaste (1818) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
Deep dark brown amber with a red tint and a creamy lasting, tan head. Smells of deep malt, caramel (brown sugar) with a light roast and chocolate and coffee. Some berries, raisins, and other fruit elements like apple. Smells complex and rich. Medium to full oily body, soft carbonation. Sort of like a Bitter that molds into something more complex. Sweet toasted malt with toffee and caramel but then the fruit becomes more present with raisins, banana and then moves from sweet to a roast, chocolate, coffee and a hop liquorish dry finish that lingers. Easy to drink, delicious and is very moreish. Nice balance too. Mixing with rum? davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle at the Dickens. Intense and balanced. Aromas of caramel, hints of chocolate and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark amber, with a frothy head. olliejobbins (1577) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
500ml bottle. Appearance is a rich, dark brown with a small but nicely coloured (off white) head which lingered. Aroma is of malts, coffee and is bitter sweet. Taste is great. Nice full flavour with a decent amount of carbonation but not too much. A little coffee and smokiness with a good bitter taste of malts. I like black sheep and will be having this again. stevoj (5639) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 18, 2013
Just short of a stout in color and bitterness, could probably fool a novice. Deep dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, wood, smoke. Taste is chocolate , oak barrel, espresso. Finish is dry and abrupt with some lingering bitterness. If you’re a fan of stout, give this one a try.