sm89walt (2069) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2011
Cassk - the glasshouse, norwich. Lasting loose creamy beige head deep brown body. Overall e dominant toffee crunch profile some milk choc and a delicate bitterness. Light to medium body soft mouthfeel short sweet forward finish and a tang in the aftertaste. harrisoni (18809) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
Cask handpull at Thomas Ingoldsby Spoons Canterbury. I was looking firward to this and its pants. Like SilkTork I get diacetyl all over this then liquorice and really poor condition. Anything that is likely to turn me off a beer? Diacetyl, liquorice and poir condition. Barely sippable and I left a quarter of a pint. And I only ordered a half. Poor beer SilkTork (5752) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
JDW Autumn Beer Fest 2011, Rochester. Diacetyl nose. Black appearance. Muddled flavour. Not nice. Rather hoppy for a dark beer. This is just plain bad. Doesn’t work at all. Drinkable, but only just. Bullit (4637) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 8, 2011
Cask @ Edward Wylie, JDW. Spoons Real Ale Festival autumn 2011. Pleasantly surprised about the collaboration by Bells and high expectatations for this one. Very dark brown, beige head. Nose is roasted malts, bit of chocolate, dark fruits. Flavour is dry roasted malts, chocolate, fruits, cacao. Fairly bitter and dry finish. Good drinkable, but too many concessions for the UK market. A bit disappointed with this one. Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2011
On cask at the Counting House in Glasgow. A black beer with a thin light tan head. Aroma and flavour of Werther’s Original caramels. A little thin and one dimensional. I expected more toasty malts but there was only light roasted barley to finish.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2011
Cask conditioned Handpump Moon On The Square Northampton. A near black beer with an off-white head. A dry, dusty smoky porter. A light body. Ashy malts. A hint of chocolate. Nothing special. berkshirejohn (6530) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2011
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. Dark brown with a tan head; demarara sugar aroma; demarara sugar flavour with some dry fruity malts; the finish has a touch of chocolate and some light peppery hops. tombyars (1702) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2011
Tasted this in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in October 2011. Cask, handpump dispense. Black ruby in colour with a thick creamy buff head. Slight hint of sweet bramble fruit in the well hidden aroma. Creamy texture to the silky mouthfeel (is that the oats?) and good lacing. Dark malts gives a roast grain note in the mouth, followed by creamy sweet blackcurrants. Slight dusty hop notes in the short aftertaste. Smooth fruity finish. Tastes like a fruity mild. A nice session ale. hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2011
Cask at Pilgrim’s Progress (JDW), Bedford in Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival, October 2011. Very dark brown, near black, with a small beige head. Sweet malt aroma. Malty taste of dusty, dry sacks, with some sort of berry fruit or maybe figs. Some bitterness. Very good after a long walk. Reminds me of my favourite Glen Miller number, sung by the wonderful Tex Beneke: ’I got a gal in Kalamazoo. Don’t wanta boast but I know she’s the toast of Kalamazoo.’ Leighton (21489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2011
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW, London. Pours red-black with a small, creamy tan head. Milk chocolate aroma. Medium sweet flavor, mild roast, lots of milky, lactic chocolate. Medium bodied with fine, smooth carbonation. Faintly dry finish with light roast, hints of cocoa and burnt wood, light bitterness. Smooth and easy but nothing special.