Awsgi (3) - WALES - MAR 23, 2011 does not count
What a beautiful beer. A pungent aroma precedes a smooth palate but then a real rush of taste from liquorice to chocolate to used engine oil. A real black gem. Pulled at Bar Central Wetherspoons Cardiff as part of the Worlds Biggest blah blah blah this month.
Great stuff and a real change from the usual poor quality and choice at this pub and yes yes to the Worlds Biggest blah blah blah going on right now. FatPhil (15961) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 29, 2013
Cask (Tivoli (JDW), Cambridge)cgarvieuk (24156) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2011
Toffee aroma. A touch of burnt cake, complete with the raisins touching the side of the baking tray - delicious! Smooth soft palate. Very pleasant roast. Very easy drinker. The roast is quite a rich one, but not oppressive or ashy at all. A very solid porter. More please!
cask at NWAF ... deep brown ... soft sweet toffee roast ... light chocolate malt nose ... light thin bittter roast ... light charcoal ... light puff camdy... ok maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Cask Conditioned handpump Eastgate Northampton. A black porter. Didn’t make notes on this as didn’t realise it was different to Butcombe Old Vic which showed up as rated. I did however score it, and from those marks it’s obvious I enjoyed it. From memory it was a really smooth porter with good dark malt flavours. Score 3.7sm89walt (2064) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2011
Subsequent rating scored 3.8 Score unaltered
Cask - The Bell Hotel (JDW), Norwich. Small though lasting, creamy-bubbly beige head leaving some lace atop a very dark brown body. Roasted malt & coffee aroma. Similar flavour profile with chocolate notes, finishing with a lingering dry coffee bitterness. Soft & smooth on the palate, medium body with a lasting bitter malt finish. A nice, fairly hefty though easy dinking porter.
downender (8584) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2011
Cask-conditioned, twice on 12/02/2011, at the Bell, Hillgrove Street, Bristol and Colston’s Yard. Interesting contrast of appearance, in the subdued lighting of the Bell, it was near black with a decent off-white head. In the brighter, cafe style CY, it was a medium brown with some hints of red and a similar head. This was very easy drinking, with some coffee and sweetish cereal notes, before a slightly roasted, dry finish. It’s good to see Butcombe brewing a wider ranger of beers. Excellent. Martin243 (1143) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2013
1/2 at The Tilley Stone Gateshead. Dark clear red brown with a dense tan head. Toffee and nut aroma. Dark chocolate and dried fruit with a scrape of burnt toast. Full bodied, slick textured, lasting bitter hop finish. Lovely beer. mR_fr0g (11894) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2013
Cask at jdw. Dark brown with ruby tones. Light tan head. Roast aromas. Smooth roast flavour with mocha. Little carbonate. Solid beer. Well balanced. Bullit (4569) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 2, 2011
Cask @ Society Room, JDW. The last half pint of the cask. Clear brown colour, off-white head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of butter and espresso. Flavour is roasetd malts, espresso and coffee. Fairly bitter and roasty finish. Good stuff. bhensonb (15079) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Cask at The Black Friar, London. Pours very, very dark ruby with a creamy tan head. Coffee aroma. Flavor is coffee with smooth dark malt, and perhaps a bit of chocolate. Medium bitter. Delicious.