ManVsBeer (10680) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2016
Mermaid May Day Weekend Beer Festival 2016, St Albans. Black coloured ale. Has an initial light but gritty roasted malt taste, but a more stated and toasted lingering aftertaste. It’s nose is well stated with roasted malts throughout its life. BlackHaddock (7416) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2016
Cask half-pint at The Crown Inn, Oakengates Shropshire on 2nd Jan 2016. Coffee and chocolate esters rise from this dark brew with it’s well tanned head: those esters turn into mouth watering flavours to give a rich and smooth tasting Stout. Very drinkable indeed. minutemat (5689) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2015
Cask @ The Crown, Oakengates. Pours very dark brown with small tan head. Aroma is espresso roast. Taste is much the same with a bitter espresso bite and hints of chocolate. Ok. Scopey (14992) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
Cask at Westow House. It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is soft, sweet, lots of dried fruits, fruit cake, sticky toffee pudding and chocolate. The taste is bitter-sweet, roasty, earth, toast, chocolate, fruit cake, light umami and nut with a toasty finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Wasn’t expecting too much from this, but found it rather tasty and drinkable. "Not my kind of beer", but I rather like it. Stuu666 (13660) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Cask at the Bow Bar. Pours black, lots of chocolate and coffee, sweet and thin.
Lonick (2204) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2014
Cask @ The Bow Bar, Winter Beer Festival. Pours black, almost a sweet stout, i got a big dollop of sweetness/lactose some coffee with a huge amount of vanilla. I liked it, very easy to drink. Brigadier (3700) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2013
On cask at the Old Silk Mill (Derby)
Dorqui (2257) - Brescia, ITALY - MAY 15, 2013
An unremarkable stout with a sweet edge this particular festival cask was on the radar as a new tick. I suspected it would be a bit of a novelty and it did not disappoint. There are worse stouts but I would not put Franklin near the top of my list of best UK breweries just yet.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep ruby base maintains a chestnut tint on the edges. The flat body, as it is a cask, traps the oatmeal, roasted barley, and black coffee effectively.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate pudding pops in a glass sweeten the palate after just two small sips. Tea and coffee add the flavors of a late afternoon snack. Mild bodied and on the fluid side it is a snack in liquid form. If you want a novelty give it a try. Otherwise there are many more mainline interpretations around the area.
Draught at "Market Porter" - (Southwork) London .
Dark impenetrable black color, poor nut head resistance. Roast malty and toasted cereals taste, notes of cocoa, bitter chocolate and ash. Much mellow taste, not very smooth, modest alcoholic palate, good persistant mouth. harrisoni (18823) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2013
Cask gravity at Firkin Alehouse. Black beer thin off white head. Choccy not dry not overly roasted. Fruity blackcurrant blackberry flavour. Really good. Lovely. Love the choc and fruit flavours. cgarvieuk (24800) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2013
cask at the bow ... deep black ... saoft roast ... lightest charcoal .... dark malts ... sweet roast l.. light charcoal ... deep dar roast ... lovely