downender (8891) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2017
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars, Bristol, 7/2/2017. Near black in colour, with a slight, off-white, head. Aroma of toasted porridge oats, with some plain chocolate and dark liquorice. Flavour had more chocolate, and a hint of coffee, before a dryish, slightly creamy, finish. Enjoyable. johndoughty (5543) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2016
Bottle. Black with zero head and not a lot of body. Slightly malty. Pleasant but boringly average. berkshirejohn (6660) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2016
Gravity cask at the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst. A glossy black pour with a loose beige head; oatmeal aroma; dry and smooth in the mouth with an oatmeal body and some caramel; then a dry finish with some toffee. Very easy drinking. tombyars (1770) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2016
Tasted this at the Troon beer festival on the 7th October 2016. Cask, handpump dispense. Black ruby in colour with a thin creamy off white head. Strong malty aroma with sweet notes of coffee crème, long in intensity. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malt complex gives a moist maltloaf base with sweet undertones of coffee fudge, soft caramel, milk chocolate and chewy roast grain. There is an earthy hop prickle giving an old fashioned bitter aftertaste which is short lived and fades fast. Finish is malty with mocha coffee, liquorice and soft caramel sweet in the palate. Excellent complexity considering the low ABV and great texture in the mouth. A decent session stout and highly recommended - might be too sweet for some though. mr_h (5949) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2016
Cask, 1/2 pint by gravity at Ayr Beer Festival, Glen Park, Ayr on 3 Sep 2016, toffee, liquorice aroma, near black with a negligible head, chocolate, vanilla flavour, oily, sweet, malty aftertaste.
zacgillbanks (5506) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2016
Bottle from The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, Bakewell. Inky black, super thin head. Chocolate and liquorice flavours followed by coffee and more chocolate on the finish. Pretty good. dchad56 (550) - - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle - decent aroma of burnt/roast coffee. Pours dark with small tan head which soon disappears. Ok mouth feel, but fairly thin. Good roasted coffee tasting - slight liquorice, easy drinking. AndrewC (379) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle. Dusty with hint of sharpness. Roasted malt, hint of chocolate. It’s okay. jjsint (3496) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2016
Handpull cask at the Crossing, Burton-on-Trent. Darkest brown/black with a sizable light brown head. Sweet latte and liquorice aroma. Taste is equally sweet, with chewy caramel and chocolate notes, but it feels a bit artificial. Silky palate and a long finish, with salted caramel on the aftertaste. Good all in all but too sweet for the likes of me. Leighton (22327) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle at home in London - picked up in London somewhere. Pours deep brown with a creamy, beige head. The nose holds creamy milk chocolate, burnt toast, coffee grounds. Medium sweet flavour with more milk chocolate, chalky cocoa, some earthy bitterness, day-old coffee. Light to medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish with more milk chocolate, light roast, mocha. Not bad overall.