tombyars (1664) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival in October 2007. Cask, gravity dispense. Black mahogany in colour with a thin buff tan head. Rich roast coffee beans in the long aroma. Thick mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malt gives strong roast malt notes with coffee and grain evident. Sweet syrupy raisins, dates, dark plum and tiffin cake are also present in the base. There is a slight bitter note of spicy hop resins in the brief aftertaste. Malt returns rapidly with rich treacle toffee and bitter chocolate notes in the sweet but robust finish. An old fashioned stout full of mature flavours. This was a really popular choice at the Troon BF. Highly recommended and worth seeking out.
stravale (2971) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Asda, Carlisle 061011
Very dark brown with ruby edges, tan head.
Aroma of roasted malt....chocolate....light coffee...some fruityness...well blended.
Roasted malt flavour with light chocolate...some coffee.....dark fruits - raisins...quite complex...good smooth flavour
Palate - a bit dry, smooth, soft carb, quite silky but a bit thin. Finish of light roast malt and chocolate.....slight alcohol warming.
Very good, flavoursome stout. Yummy and smooth. If it had more body it would be superb. Must try this cask.
Beersiveknown (5205) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUN 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeasty/dusty aroma reminiscent of Farley’s rusks on this dark brown beer with tan head. Initially sweet giving way to coffee grounds then red fruit. Finishing on a coffee note. Dried fruit makes itself known down the glass and a thin head is retained until the end. Fairly thick beer with light carbonation.
EdKing (2526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong porter like Winter Ale, dark almost black in colour. Taste is spicey dried fruit, Christmas fruit cake, chocolatey undercurrents and a nice hop kick on the finish.
shrubber85 (11215) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sweet raisin, coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Dark chestnut color with small head. Sweet creamy coffee-chocolate malt and mildly bitter dry hay hops flavor. Nice body. Very good.
oh6gdx (26412) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Deep rubyish brown colour with small beige head. Aroma is plum, raisins, pudding and some mild grass, fruits and herbs. Flavour is much the same in a very nice balance. Quite pleasant stout.
yespr (43161) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
50 cL bottle, 2006 vintage. Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is dark malty and slight oxidised. Dark malty and roasted. Malty and light roasted finish.
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown airy tan coloured head with lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate and Malt fairly smooth with a very malty flavour.
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gravity at Cambridge Beer Festival 2009. Black with no head. Coffee and berries in the scent. Slightly watery. Lots of chocolate and coffee in the mouth but not to it otherwise.
fonefan (47600) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (gravity) @ National Winter Ales Festival 2009, Manchester, England.
Clear dark brown color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, coffee, fruity sour and vanilla notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium to light, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft to flat.