Stuu666 (13390) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 6, 2014
Cask at the Alexander Graham Bell. Sweet vanilla, roast malts, chocolate, thin, oaty. SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2014
Black in colour with red tint against light. Good light brown head. . Very Malty; roasty malts, oatmeal, lots of quite dark chocolate, coffee, caramel/toffee. , prunes. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Quite sweet. Very rich. Smooth. Sweet roast very chocolate malty throughout with some fruit. Good Oatmeal Stout! Beese (2733) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2014
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 25 February 2014. Poured a very dark ruby colour with a dense, creamy head. Aroma of molasses, cheap chocolate and Mr Whippy ice cream. Really sweet flavour, some vanilla and very light roasted malt notes. Finish was rather light; some grassy hop and light burnt malt. john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
Two Cask Pints at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Feb 2014 - Black in colour with red tint against light. Good light brown head. Slight lacing. Fresh; good condition. Very Malty; roasty malts, oatmeal, lots of quite dark chocolate, coffee, caramel/toffee. Fruity; some dark fruits, raisins, prunes. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Quite sweet. Very rich. Smooth. Sweet roast very chocolate malty throughout with some fruit. Good Oatmeal Stout! (3.6) Update: Another pint 10 days later (same pub, different cask, not so fresh) seemed much more milky chocolate with quite strong notes of chocolate fudge. OK, quite drinkable but not as good. (3.3) madmitch76 (24789) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
14th February 2014
DanielBrown (4502) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
Hamilton Hall Spoons, Cask. Almost clear dark brown beer, tiny tan head. Palate is smooth and dry with modest fine carbonation. Mellow dark malt with light chocolate powder underneath. Mild tangy fruits and a whisper of banana ester. Comes together quite well in to a dry finish and a mild bitterness. Decent.
Cask at Arthur Robertson, Perry Barr, Birmingham. An odd beast. Looks great, nice lacing. Very, very sweet. Obviously very smooth. Does have a sort of synthetic, winey, leathery quality. Artificial sweetness, with no roast, but I did enjoy it. DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2014SilkTork (5737) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
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Larry Nuneaton, 08/03/14. Cherry red capped with thick beige. Nose cherry Tunes. Odd, disjointed flavour; perfumed coriander-like hints beneath heavy cough medicine; Belgian wafts, Tunes, decent bready malt and praline before the cherry takes over. Zero roast or stout-like character. Burnt paper dunked in amoxicillin finish. Mixed impressions. 646412=12.
2) Back at The Larry, 11/03/14. Awful synthetic coffee/Toffo character not worth a 5. Spoiling burnt plastic and paper. Couldn’t finish a pint. Drinks like a no alcohol Polish coffee confection. Wildly overrated, even by me. 53438.
JDW, Rochester. Powdered coffee. Vanilla. Quite artificial tasting. I wish I didn’t have a pint to get through. Watery body. The overall impression is of a dark lager with powdered chocolate and vanilla essence. BeerViking (4779) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
Cask at the Kings Tun JDW, near black with a lasting light tan head, chocolate nose with a hint of gravy, body is more choc, faint touches of tart red fruit and musty wood, sweet, hint of liquorice in the finish, decent but unimpressive. Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2014
Cask at JDW. Never imagined I’d see this name appearing in ’Spoons. Brown in colour with light lacing left from the head. Deep chocolatey, liquorice taste with hop character arising towards the end. Wonderful oatmeal influence throughout. Just as good as I was hoping it would be.