tombyars (1702) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2011
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in May 2009. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black with a thin white head. Intense malty aroma with molasses and damsons present. Creamy rich mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malt complex gives maltloaf with raisins, figs, plums and treacle toffee. Slight hint of liquorice with the spicy hops to give a good robust aftertaste. Sweetness returns with a sherry like alcoholic warmth. A cracking strong ale and completely different from Old Peculier, try them together for comparison - that’s a festival in itself! kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2006
Cask @ Dover Festival 06: Lovely amber ruby colour. Choco, roast, liquorice and some nice caramel notes. Tasty stuff. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 18, 2006 Cask (gravity dispense) at White Cliffs Beer Festival, February 2006. Attractive rich ruby colour. Plenty of berry fruit on the nose. Also some marzipan and a hint of smoky malt. Licorice comes through on the palate with more plummy fruit and touches of caramel. Fairly dry and nicely balanced. Full mouthfeel. Smooth and mellow. Quite a classy drop.
Thure (152) - DENMARK - SEP 30, 2007
Cast @ "The Wharf", Aalborg - 2nd Cask Festival. Dark brown colour. Roasty aroma with some hop hints. The flavor is roasty with some nut and and a bit of coffee and hop bitterness. bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2010
Hand pulled cask at the brewery visitor centre and several North Yorkshire pubs over the years. Ruby brown with a thick sparkled beige head. Sweet fruity malts with some chocolate and a hint of peat along side some very fresh hops in the finish. A rather underated ale.
prawlie (1592) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2011
Half pint at the Black Sheep Visitor Centre. Dark brown with a well formed head. Very nice chocolate/coffee taste. Sweet and nice. Chocolatey aroma. Very pleasant indeed but a little too sickly sweet to be a session beer. kerenmk (4751) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 24, 2013
Cask at the Black Sheep Brewery, Masham, September 2013. Ruby red-brown, clear with white head. Aromatic caramel aroma and dried banana, malty, dry taste, caramel and some toffee too. Sweet undertones, full-bodied and slightly carbonated. AshtonMcCobb (6604) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2015
On cask at Ye Olde Starre Inne, York.
Appearance - deep amber to brown with a lovely fawn coloured head.
Nose - liquorice dark chocolate and biscuits. Nuts and honeycomb too.
Taste - liquorice and molasses. Still biscuits at the back.
Palate - medium bodied with a creamy yet crunchy texture and a long dry crunchy finish.
Overall - a really challenging but rewarding ale. Don2711 (475) - - DEC 17, 2016
Caramel and licorice aroma. Coffee and dark chocolate taste. Dark brown amber. Great strength and nice aftertaste. Excellent strong English ale. imdownthepub (14552) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2003
Cask Conditioned at The Forresters Arms, Grassington. Red brown chestnut colour with thick yorkshire head. Big fruity, sweet malt flavour with an alcohol kick, although the abv in the cask is a little lower at 5.6%. Good bitter dry finish, almost salty for some reason. Godd full beer.