Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Sample at the Rake, 9th Jan 2011, followed by more on cask at the White Horse on the launch night, 20th Jan 2011. Cloudy deep brown. Tons of wood smoke and leather on the nose, with alcohol too. Quite light palate, actually a bit of a let down. Aftertaste is an interesting mix of bitter and sweet. My scrawled notes from the launch night say "A heavy beer that leads to naughtiness; who does that remind you of?" which I think was a quote from Mark... JohnRMurdoch (4876) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2011
Cask @ The Rake, London. Strong rich coffee & chocolate aroma & flavour. Dark brown colour, not much head. Smooth & sweet. Tastes a bit like posh chocolates. FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 8, 2011
Cask (Cask&Kitchen, London)imdownthepub (14555) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
7 Nice subtle chocolatiness.
4 Deep red, no head. Tiring, perhaps?
7- Big wooly malty taste. Plenty of front roast, but no depth.
4- Full palate, carbonation low. Finish reminds me of stale coffee.
13- I so wanted to really like this, as I love Dark Star’s porters, but this really felt tired. Not bad in any real way, though. The coffee and chocolate tastes are lovely, but Finland gave me better Dark Star beers than this.
Cask conditioned at Fleetwood Beer Fest ’11. Deep red to Black with cream head. This proved to be a porter of the drier variety, plenty of husky roasty notes, black coffee bitterness and good depth, just a little intense but very decent indeed. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
5th February 2011
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2011
Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival. Hazy very dark brown beer. Good pale tan head. Unpleasant nose of piss! Light dry palate. Fresh dark malt with a trace of coffee and chocolate. Some nice fruit coming up underneath. Slightly spicy dry finish with some hop bitterness rising. Dry bitter aftertaste. Decent tasty beer - shame about the awful snout on it!
Cask (handpump) at the Rake, Borough Market on 20 January 2011. Dark red colour. Lots of chocolate. Sweetish. Good flavour with a mix of roast and subtle fruity notes. Very enjoyable but I would have preferred it a touch drier.
Leighton (21256) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2011
Cask at the Euston Tap. Pours an opaque, dark brown with a modest, creamy tan head. Incredibly rich, bitter chocolate in the aroma, with some minerality and hard, roasted malts. Has a nice flavor, light to medium sweet, some bristly, band-aid, understated cocoa. Medium to strong in body with fine carbonation. Hard, medium roasted malt finish. Pretty good stuff. dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2011 Dark but clear brown with a short off-white head. Light coffee and charcoal on the nose. Full-bodied and boozy, but also fruity and drinkable. Coffee notes, long sticky finish. Really, really good, but definitely not a session drinker. ladnewton (1964) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2011
Cask at the Southampton Arms on 25th January 2011. Black with thin dying head. Rich malty aroma. Biscuit and thick coffee and burnt malts in-mouth. Lasting rich, earthy malty and fruity bouquet in aftertaste with a citric tang, thick mouthfeel. Great! cgarvieuk (24515) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2011
gravity at the bow ... deep solid black .. no head ... deep dark roast ... light charcoal .. soft chocolate .. little harsh but this will go when put on tap ..light chocolate linger ... hint of black currant... little woody ... light hint of smoke