anders37 (26987) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2015. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel and chocolate finish. Theydon_Bois (20600) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2015
Cask at GBBF ’15, day 1, 11/08/15.
Light black with a decent tan covering.
Nose carries smokey vibes, chocolate, toffee, roast malt.
Taste comprises rich malt, dark fruits, peppery spice, chocolate, toffee.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, semi drying close.
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
At Great British Beer Festival 2015, Day 1. Black beer with a decent beige head. Hoppy roasted aroma, licorice, chocolate, cocoa notes. Hoppy coffee flaor, roasted, dark chocolate, tar, some dark fruits. Complex and well balanced. The_Osprey (9100) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Cask at GBBF. Black, bubbly tan head. Aroma is liquorice, hoppy blackcurrant. Body is medium, rounded, low carbonation. Taste is dry, soft malts, wood, earth, chocolate, salty finish. Very quaffable yet with lots to keep it interesting. Scopey (15651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Cask at GBBF 2015. It pours near black with a small beige head. The nose is rich roast, oily, liquorice, dark fruit and mild berry sweetness. The taste is bitter, hard roast, salted liquorice, umami, toasted sesame seed, light acidity and peppery spice. Medium body and fine carbonation. Plenty of umami character going on. Punchy and enjoyable.
Leighton (22297) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2015
Cask at GBBF 2015, day 1 - London. Pours clear, deep brown with a frothy tan head. The nose holds roasted malts, cocoa and coffee. Medium sweet flavor with notes of oily coffee, burnt wood, bitter earth. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and oily texture. Lightly drying in the finish with burnt wood and baking cocoa. Nice beer overall. Alengrin (5711) - BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2015
At GBBF. American stout with thin, loose, beige head and near black colour. Pleasant aroma of coffee grounds, caramel, toffee, bayleaf, dried fruit, pipe tobacco. Smooth, dry taste, dried prunes, bit ashy, powdery mouthfeel, strong coffeeish roasted bitterness in the finish with a light caramel sweetishness, long piney, peppery and citrussy hop bitter finish. mR_fr0g (13471) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Cask gravity at GBBF 2015 day 1. Opaque black coloured pour with a lasting mid tan head. Aroma is robust earthy wood, charred wood, little vanilla sweetness. Flavour is medium sweet, woody, char, dirt, little dark berry in the finish. Robust. Palate is good condition, medium sweet. Good. BLADT (701) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Draft pour @ Cisco. Almost black in glass. Lush chocolate milkshake head. Amazing aroma. Resin and floral hops (which are surprisingly present for style). Some faint citrus. Nice roasted malts behind. Not sure this wonderful perfume is due to freshness of the keg I sampled, some weird tap line issue or a flaw with my senses. And I don’t care. Complex, but never outlandish, I could smell this all day. Taste was a mild comedown. Chalky. Some chocolate. Berries. Mild bitter finish. Well executed Angelmonster (199) - Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Pours a black body with mahogany hightlights when held to light. Head is 2 fingers and khaki colored. Lacing and head retention are pretty good.
Smell is big on roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and fresh baked brownies. There is abit of oxidation there, no hops, and for 8% surprisingly not much alcohol.
First taste is chalky semi sweet bakers chocolate. Roasted biscuit malts come and go throughout. Oxidation/soy sauce is in the after taste. Hops dont really come through. Beer drinks more like a 6%er, wouldnt have guessed it was 8,
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied. Head adds some texture. Carbonation levels are good. Finish is slightly chalky/dry.
Overall this beer was good but nothing extraordinary. It drinks easily, its been in my closet for at least a year so that may be the cause. I would drink this beer again but seeing as its from Massachusetts I wouldnt go out of my way to procure it, glad to receive it in a trade though.