jjsint (3095) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2015
Gravity cask at the Liberty Belle, Ely. Black with a medium-sized cream-coloured head. Coffee and cream, bit of walnut whip on the aroma. Sweet and almost slightly fruity initial taste, fading to a pronounced chalky bitter in the finish. Slightly thinner body than I’d have liked, but otherwise a gorgeous experience. Scopey (14729) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle at Leighton’s Aug 11 tasting. It pours darkest brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is caramel, liquorice, treacle and dark chocolate. The taste is dark chocolate, salted liquorice, pepper, roasted malt, cardboard, caramel, toast and some decent bitterness, with a dry finish. Light body and low carbonation. Very drinkable stuff. Leighton (21239) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle at a tasting. Pours amber brown with a creamy, tan head. Cocoa, mild roast aroma, some burnt wood. Light sweet flavor, semi-dark roast, subtle fruits and cocoa. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Mild dry finish, some roasty malts. Slightly bland overall but very drinkable. imdownthepub (14553) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle conditioned, 500ml from Favourite Beers, Cheltenham, Gloucs. Black with tan head. There is a deep fruity aroma leading to dark coffee, chocolate, fruity flavours in the body, just a hint of thinness, but nothing to worry about. Lasting flavours throughout. Good stuff. planky84 (3261) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle drank at home. Dark brown pour with a light tan head. Caramel, coffee, chocolate and a little butterscotch aroma. Creamy caramel flavour with hints of coffee. Quite dry. Not too bad.
sm89walt (2065) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2010
Cask - The Brewery Tap, Wroxham. Poured with a light brown, short-lived fine & loose head atop a dark brown body. Smokey and roasty initial aromas with some pruney notes in the back. Raisin notes linger on the tongue after some toasty, nutty malts and some delicate tartness. Soft on the palate, medium in body. JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - OCT 14, 2009
(on bottle) Dak, flat and black with white head. Spicy/smoky/meaty aroma. Waterish and also real bitter taste, hard burned malts, yet a waterish finish. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 1. Cask Stillage at the Victoria Leisure Centre, Nottingham Beer Festival 18/10/2007
Roast aroma. Small white head. Dark coloured slightly rich on the palate and fruity with a crisp and bitter burnt roast finish.
2. From the Bottle at Chris O’s, GBBF Week 09/08/2008
Fruit and roast aromas. Dark coloured and smooth on the palate with some alcohol present. Crisp and bitter burnt roast finish. rauchbier (3890) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle conditioned, from a stall at Lincolnshire Show. Jet black, fluffy but quickly diminishing beige head and gentle condition. Solid roast coffee and liquorice aromas with a hint of pepperiness and slight buttery sweetness, sweet coffee notes initialy in the mouth before becoming fruity and slightly tart, but in a pleasant way, some hints of chocolate and liquorice coming through as it warms. Finish is long and slightly sweet with a little coffee bitterness lingering and a touch of powdery smokiness at the end. DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2009
Bottle, to take the taste of the last beer away. Glossy pitch and tan looks with a plump yellowy collar. Creamy, slick and lace-dappled. Same mouldering woodland notes in the aroma as the Nightlight Mild, but backed up with burnt toast, chocolate coated raisin and coffee-dipped cinder toffee. Nice. Mouth builds on that promise with roasted barley, lactic softness and roasted barley... just half expect to find some decaying insect matter floating about in it. Nothing wrong with that. Black nectar on top of a Nigerian ‘Guinness’, and a solid smoky dry stout with blackberry, coffee, cocoa, liquorice and dried fruit touches.