tombyars (1790) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2011
First tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 2004. Cask, gravity dispense. Dull black in colour with a thin tan head which quickly disappeared. Strange sickly note of parmesan cheese, long in intensity. Slick very thick oily texture in the mouth and no lacing of note. Dark malt complex gives a dusty burnt toast note which soon fades to give a strong roast coffee bean, bitter chocolate, liquorice and burnt treacle toffee in the thick mouthfeel. Earthy hops just barely detected in the very short aftertaste. Finish is smokey and dry with peat, old leather and dessicated molasses giving an impression of an oyster stout with imperial strength . Could only manage one pint of this but worth trying for the smell alone! madmitch76 (26467) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
19th October 2007 TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Draft at the Brew Wharf mini beer festival. Dark beer. Treacly with mild carbonation and a fruit pudding tang. Not bitter. Dangerously drinkable!
Half pint gravity fed from the cask at the Ealing Beer Festival, poured a dark brown. A chocolate and alcoholic malty aroma. Alcohol and malrt in the mouth as well, but very pleasant. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2007
A Sim rate (Cask at Planet Thanet): Smells very much like liquorice and alcohol. Tastes nutty, liquorice and dark chocolate. Fin (11070) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2006
Cask at Oxford Beer Festival 2005 (retrospectively added) This was a big session with Bob aka Billy the fish who insisted that we kick off with a pint of this. Black in colour not much of a head, some roasty malty and slightly woody aromas, taste a bit sweet but with some dark chocolate and coffee edges to it great stuff, but a pint mmhh.. maybe we were going for it a bit.
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2006
Gravity cask @ Reading Beer Festivalk 2006. Sweet. Some roast and brown sugar aromas. Not enough roastiness comes through in the flavour to counter the sweet body. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2006
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Reading BF. A black coloured stout with a slight off-white coloured head. The aroma is smaller than expected but has nice roasted malts and a smoky edge. The taste is full-bodied with excellent fruits and malts and a roasted quality. Some oil and coal. Very tasty indeed. harrisoni (19559) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2006
Cask gravity at Reading BF 06. Black beer. Quite syrupy, but not horrible. Fine, syrupy, some demerrara sugar flavours. kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2006
Cask @ Reading 06: Fully smooth body. Port wine, berries and light roast. Lovely stuff. Black with a short tan head. DanielBrown (4567) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2006
Gravity at Reading beer festival 2006. Flat, black. Flaky, tobacco flavour. Insistent, but not the most appealing. Some strawberry.