FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 500ml bottle (Poirotti, Helsinki, Skotoberfest 2007)dj (620) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2007
Very dark red, almost black. Lively head, but it fades quickly. Sweet chocolately malt aroma, slightly smoky too. Very carbonated, perhaps too much so. Slightly sour malty taste, pleasantly hopped, not excessively so. Quite full-bodied and well-rounded.
Bottle, 500ml. A dark black colour with a large brown head. Aroma is malty with cherry and floral hops. Taste is roasted malt with cocoa, a little floral hop and some hint of coriander. A burnt, citric, herbal finish. Nice, but not outstanding. TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2007
Inky black colour, a slightly off white head, lots of blackcurrant and some caramel with some roast malts in the background, quite tangy and very smooth. HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2007
Bottle 500ml. Pours a good ruby colour with a medium tan head. Quite a fruity aroma, with hints of coffee coming through. The flavours were interesting; quite a rummy background with dark roast coffee taste coming through. A pleasant hoppy finish to it with a lingering bitterness. Not a session ale. beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2007
Looks great - deep, deep red with thick cream head, Aroma roast malt, dried fruit. Definitely porterish but with a distinctly aged character, smooth and slightly smoky. Like dark toffee with fruit and nuts in it. Good stuff.
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2007
STBF07. This was labeled as Kilnmount Willie however it was defo 5.5% and tasted like an old ale. Vinous wood, hints of age and spice. Taste is blackberry tart, paistry, fruity and current tartness. berkshirejohn (6501) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2007
500ml bottle from Tesco, Camberley. Reddish chestnut body with a short-lived beige head; toffe aromas; and a toffee flavour with malts and nuts present; a warming aftertaste; smooth and well-balanced. spporras (259) - FINLAND - APR 13, 2007
(Bottle BBE 02/2008; Thanks Paavo!) Roasted malty, chocolate and slightly licorice aroma. Dark brown red colour and average size, brownish, very slightly lasting head with fair/good lacing. Chocolate, roasted malty, slightly bitter and licorice flavour. Softly carbonated, dry and medium-bodied palate. Smooth and well balanced ale! 05/04/07 DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2007
Encouragingly stouty deep ruby pour with well-retained beige suds. More than a sniff of bitter chocolate and sappy beechwood smokiness. Silky smoked malt roastiness and a hint of hop. Carries its ABV with smoothness and poise. Stirs dewy-eyed reminiscences of both Aecht Shlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen and Theakston Old Peculiar. And you can’t ask for more than that. HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2007
UPDATED: APR 2, 2007 Pretty good for a Jock ale (sweaties usually brew up a load of auld shit!) Dark brown, come black colour, described as a porter on the bottle (along with some old twaddle about some Scotch knights that’s probably all made up), but tasted more stouty to me. A touch malty and sweet, but quite a bit of bitter dryness with some carbonation, all of which I hence approve. Overall, pretty good and a pleasant surprise.