Grumbo (3948) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2017 jdmorgan (14) - West Midlands, - SEP 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Lives up to the name, dark and delicious. Nice drop, chocolatey malts on the nose and taste.
Cask at the St. Albans Beer & Cider Festival 2017. Pours hazelnut brown with a small bubbly off-white head. Aroma of malt, hop, fruit and caramel. Medium plus sweetness and moderate bitterness. Medium body, slight oily texture, soft carbonation. stravale (3135) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - APR 23, 2017
Cask @ Baker’s Vaults, Stockport 
AshtonMcCobb (6894) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 20, 2015
Caramel brown, slight haze, dense off white head
Aroma of sweet caramel, toffee, nice caramel, hint of chocolate, good nose
Taste of caramel, toffee, dab of chocolate, slight roast, soft bitter hops in background, red fruits
Palate - Medium body, smooth. Finish of creamy malts, soft bit earthy bitter linger
Overall - Very nice malty ESB
Bottle from Appleyards Deli, Shrewsbury.
Appearance - it’s a gusher! So part poured with massive head. Really murky brown.
Nose - hazelnuts and suspicion of wild yeast.
Taste - nuts, malt, dry and uninviting.
Palate - close to medium bodied with a dry crunchy texture and a long dry astringent finish. The wild yeast thing is definitely there.
Overall - there is a problemehere. This is going down the sink. jackl (8417) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle @ Croydonia Tasting. Cheers to BLADDOCK for supplying this. The pour’s murky brown with no head whatsoever. Pretty ugly. The nose is not particularly pleasant. Fart. Some tangy chocolate-covered strawberry. THe taste is lightly tart. Sort of papery and faded. Little else, lacks character. Light body, fine carbonation. Overall, not a winner.
Theydon_Bois (20600) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle split at the Croydonia Tasting, 13/07/13, thanks to Jeremiah Bladdock for the trade!
Murky 3 day old festival toliet water, orange/amber turd juice with a light beige head.
Nose is unintentionally soured, tarte fruits, light smoke, touch of the balsams - infected!
Taste comprises dark fruit, soured pitted fruit, toffee, sour dough brown bread.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, tarte fruity finish.
Just about palatable (a moderate pour that its!) but not as it should be! Scopey (15652) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle, thanks to Colin and the fish of darkness. It pours cloudy/murky deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is earth, light toast, caramel, wood, oxidised notes and faint jammy fruits. The taste is vinous, tart berry, jam, wood, earth, fruit, mild acidity and natural yoghurt with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A tad infected methinks. Meh. Leighton (22297) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle shared at the Croydonia July 2013 Tasting - East Croydon. Thanks to Colin for this one (and thanks to Bladdock for trading to Colin!). Pours murky amber-brown with a creamy tan head. Nose of tangy fruits and wet wood. Light sweet flavor with further tangy fruits, bitter cherry pits, wood, dirt. Tang. Light bodied with fine to average, creamy carbonation. Lightly vinous on the finish with still more tangy fruits, berries, light funkiness. Meh, might be a little off. BlackHaddock (7672) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2013
Half-litre bottle bought at the brewery: poured into a UK pint sleeve on 13 Jun 2013.
No sediment left the bottle: Ruby red to deep brown in colour with a good and lasting head of creamy foam.
The nose was a mixed bag of sour fruit, burnt coffee and dark chocolate notes.
The taste was also a strange mixture of flavours: all the stuff mentioned in the aromas (sour fruit,burnt coffee and dark chocolate) with a smoky undertone and some nutty features. I found hints of root liquorice in the taste too. So fairly complex and interesting.
Body feel suits the alcohol level and character of the brew: all in all a very pleasant bottle of beer. tombyars (1766) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2012
Tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival in October 2012. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear dark ruby red in colour with a thin off white head. Strong roast element in the long aroma along with sweet berry fruit. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malt complex gives a moist fruit loaf base with juicy berry fruit notes of bramble and overipe strawberry full in the mouth. Slight hop prickle noted in the short aftertaste but sweet malt dominates overall. Finish is malty and sweet with vinous black grape and dry chocolate flavours evident in the mouth. Reminded me of an Old Ale in some respects and highly recommended.