Scopey (14257) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Hand in Hand, Brighton. It pours black with a medium beige head. The nose is roasty, earth, cocoa, light smoke, liquorice and treacle. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, earth, earth, cocoa, some acidity, toasty and liquorice with a dry, roasty finish. Pretty flavoursome and well-balanced. Good stuff.
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
My Bottom Line:
Fruit jam, licorice and roasted coffee beans converge in this sweet and lax pint.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no head of foam atop the darkness.
-It is not compelling enough to warrant a second pint.
-The flavour profile is pleasant, but the conditioning could be improved. It felt flaccid compared to the other 2 Kemptown brews.
-A vinous touch appears in the end.
-Malt flavours could be better defined.
On cask at The Hand in Hand, Brighton.