medallaisla (91) - - SEP 9, 2012AshtonMcCobb (6513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 9, 2016
Shared on cask with my husband at Volunteer Arms. I didn’t love this beer as much as he did and maybe because it’s not my style but it was obvious that this is a world class porter.
It smelled and tasted of chocolate and vanilla. Very pure and natural.
It was also very smooth. A wonderful dessert beer.
On cask at the Guildford Arms.
Appearance - opaque black with a lovely fawn head.
Nose - nuts and dark chocolate.
Taste - more chocolate with a molasses edge to it.
Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a fairly good finish.
Overall - nice ale. allmyvinyl (10508) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 9, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2016 Cask at the Guildford Arms. Pours clear dark brown with a tight cream-coloured head. Aromas of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is sweet. Sweet finish. Stuu666 (13094) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2016
Cask at the bow bar. Pours deep ruby brown, nose is vanilla, burnt caramel, taste is fruity, sweet, toffee, thin. tombyars (1683) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2015
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival on the 23rd April 2015. Cask, gravity dispense. Dull black in colour with ruby tints around the edges and a thin buff head. Slight note of sulphur present in the malty aroma. Thin oily mouthfeel and no lacing. Dark malt complex delivers a smooth maltloaf base with sweet molasses and mocha coffee evident in the mouth but no sign of the vanilla pods anywhere! A mere nod to the hint of dry hop in the brief aftertaste. Finish was malty with notes of leather, roast coffee and liquorice but no fruit notes present in this porter. A decent session porter. gegwilson (3676) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle bought at the Stillingfleet beer festival. Pours deep ruby with a cream head. Vanilla and coffee aroma. The taste is coffe and dark chocolate with a very pleasant hint of vanilla. Rich, but not over the top. Good porter.
garethjv (1) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2015 does not count
Maybe this beer doesn’t travel well, judging by some of the other ratings from far away... but at the Volunteer Arms in York, this is an excellent pint of porter - always consistent in quality. I always have at least one pint of this every time I visit there to listen to the music on Saturday evening. The only problem is that it’s a little too strong for me these days! s_hartshorne (2767) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Cask kings head Huddersfield. Red black good tan head. Aroma is roasted malts choc taste same some dark fruits and peat. Ok body. Decent stuff. RichTheVillan (7766) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014
Cask at Birmingham Beer Festival; dark brown pour with a thin off white head, slight roast malt aroma, taste has hints of vanilla, along with some roasted malts. imdownthepub (14468) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
Cask conditioned at Harbury Beer Festival ’14. Black with cream head. This had a tart note from the start with a cidery, apple flavour, hints of sourness alongside dark roasted malts. Quite odd here. ManVsBeer (10273) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Cask @ Three Pigeons, Halifax. Very dark with a thick off-white creamy head and a deep roasted malt aroma and taste.