Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at several West London pubs, with tashi, Easter weekend 09 (plus several prior occasions). Near black with a rich fruity aroma. On the tongue the roasted notes, caramel and fruits come together wonderfully. A great beer.
evergreen0199 (3276) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at The Wheatsheaf, Ealing, London. One of my all time favourites. Black pour with a reasonable head. Chocolate, coffee, slightly smokey, luxuriously complex. Much better than the bottled version. A stunning beer which I will always head for when I see it on cask. We have National ale week here in the UK.
Alphadelic (2220) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drinking this at the brewery tap as I type. On cask for national ask ale week.
Almost impenetrable darkness, with a lumpy beige foam that lasts all the way down.
Burnt chocolate and coffee aromas with hints of oak.
Amazing deep and oak smoked coffee flavours. Sweet honey roast ham and even some eucalyptus flavours.
Light and moussy in the mouth.
This is a super beer. Delicate and deep. Sweet and savoury.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at memphis taproom. Pours black with a foamy tan head, nose is chocolaty, dark chocolate, bready. taste is glorious, really complex, silky smooth mouthfeel. hop character is there as well. it is great.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Firkin at Real Ale Inv PBW09. Pours a deep brown with little to no head. Aroma of chocolate, tobacco, roasted malt, nuts and light smoke. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, hints of coffee, nuts and woody.
egajdzis (6371) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Firkin] Poured a dark brown color with no head or lacing. Aroma of roast, chocolate, caramel, and smoked malts. Taste of light chocolate, roasted malts, smoked wood, and a dry finish.
6ROW (463) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
brown pour with 2 finger brown head.aroma of sweet malt and taste of sweet roasted malts(dry finish)
TBone (17060) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, small tan head. Aroma of caramel, cocoa and nutty hops. Very milk chocolaty, cocoa-tuned flavor. Soft palate. Roasted dark malty aftertaste with light bitterness.
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely. More and more I find that Iím less a brit beer drinker, but this is marvelous. Rich, roasty, slightly bitter, all evenly balanced into a smooth, dry finish.
SaintMatty (7207) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask (Guide Dog, Southampton) - Black in colour. The aroma features chocolate, coffee and some liquorice hints. The taste is unbelievably smooth and moreish with coffee and chocolate featuring prominently. Itís delicious and whilst the bottled version is good, this is so much better. Superb.