KnutAlbert (6746) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Mad Bishop and Bear, Paddinton.
Coffee, roasted malt, nuts, oat flakes. Velvety, tasty, lovely beer. They should have this on cask regularly.
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Porter-like appearance with a good head. Chocolate and coffee in the scent. Watery with some dryness at the end. Berries and milk chocolate in the mouth. Good.
imdownthepub (13872) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned at The Joint Stock, Birmingham. Dark brown with ruby hints and white head. At last, how many years have I sought this one out in cask, I just new they would have it on in here. Full fruity and sweetish, maybe not true to the original London Porter style where there would have been an acidic sourness, but pretty good all the same. Some coffee husk and background hazelnuts, very good and well worth the search.
berkshirejohn (6285) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Mawson Arms/Fox and Hounds at the brewery.Dark ruby red with a rustic cream head; rich chocolate aroma; immediate hit of smokey roasted chocolate malt when tasted, very dry and bitter, then developing a potr-like sweetness with hints of tobacco and coffee; finish is dry and very moreish. Even better than the bottled version.
downender (8291) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask-conditioned at the Old Fish Market, Bristol 16/11/07. Near black with a decent tan head that left plenty of lacing. Aroma of licorice, roasted notes, dark chocolate and earthy hops. The flavour started with some sweet malt, before coffee and chocolate kicked in with a dry finish. Excellent.
rlgk (18837) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Charlies Bar, Copenhagen. Dark amber color, bubbly head. Licorice and viol aroma. Roasted flavor, fruity, grapes, licorice, some cocoa. Lots of licorice in this one...
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (obviously). Black with cream, brownish head. Thin bodied for a porter I think. Roasted malt. Some coffee notes? Not bad.
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 In the past week Iíve had two bottles, a gravicask version @ St Albans Fest and also cask at JDW. I know JDW isnít exactly the best place for cask ales with all the sparkler business but I have to say it did look quite nice. I was not impressed with the gravicask at all, I found it quite thin and bland and gave it quite low scores, however the one at JDW was pretty good. Dark brown with a thick, lasting malty head. Nose of roasted malts, cocoa, yeast and coffee. Taste is much the same with some nutty caramel notes and hoppy finish. Decent texture in the mouth. Iíll prolly get caned for saying this on here but I actually prefer the bottled version. Will soon be on cask at my local Fullers pub so will re-rate at that point. (7,4,7,3,16)
@ the Shooting Star, Liverpool St.
Was lovely this time around, Iíd say the best Iíve had to date. Poured jet black with a small beige head, the roastyness of the malts really stood out. Still had the cocoa and coffee notes but the mouthfeel was just sublime. In this condition, itís a world class beer!
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Gravicask at St. Albans beer festival. Considering where I live I find it ridiculous that it has taken me so long to get hold of what is EASILY Fullers best beer. Sadly quality is pushed aside in the name of market control. Black / brown colour with a very slight head. Coffee, malt and dark chocolate with a lovely coffee finish that goes the full circle back to chocolate again. Strange watery yet creamy palate. Jolly good. Sort it out Fullers.
TheDog (586) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at Cockney Pub Ňrhus. Thin head, aroma and taste of bitter flat coffee. Served too warm for my tasting. Im just not into cask and especially not this one.