chriso (7586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2004
My first beer from this brewery, which is a very small scale affair based in the brewer’s garden shed. Black colour. Slightly vinous, woody aroma, with smoky cigar box notes and some fruity licorice. Bitter chocolate and burnt malt flavours on the palate. Not the most powerful stout, but quite pleasant. Cask (gravity dispense), St Albans Beer Festival 2004. Incidentally, the festival programme showed this as 5% ABV. I don’t know whether that was a misprint or the ABV has been upped.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2004
Gravity, at the St. Albans Beer Festival, 2004maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2004
Dark black body with scummy brown head. Big, smoked, burnt aroma. Coffee, cigar box loveliness. The beer falls down a bit then, the flavour is quite thin and the palate is short and unrewarding.
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2012 Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - St Albans Beer Festival. Licquorice and roasted malt in the aroma of this totally black stout. There is full bodied chocolate and licquorice in the taste. Tasty and moreish.Score 3.9Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2004
Subsequent ratings scored 3.9, 3.9, 4.0, 3.6, 3.8, 2.9 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.7
Cask Conditioned @ the Saturday session, St Albans Beer Festival 2004. Beer #7. Black stout. Roasty flavours with burnt malt & a slight smokey character.