SamVimes21 (566) - - NOV 13, 2017 BlackHaddock (7674) - Shropshire, - NOV 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle with a best before date of May 2013: poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 7th Nov 2012.
Really, really black, we are talking jet here: the full, rich head was a dark tanned foam blanket that trapped the beer in the glass.
The aroma is one of burnt toast and over roasted malt loaves, both of which have been dipped in strong black coffee.
The taste is full on roasted malts: semi-bitter and sharp but with a smooth body feel and some dark chocolate notes to calm everything down a little. Most enjoyable, this brewery is growing on me.
Cask @ Pear Tree (JDW) , Birmingham , black with a cream head with roasted malts , coffee and bitter fruits taste leaving a really nice smooth stout with a smooth malty , coffee aftertaste . redders1974 (1627) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2017
Bottle from the fridge improved greatly as it watmed coffee dominated hints of chocolate liquorice woody tobacco oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2017
Bottled (backlog). More or less black colour with a small slightly off-white creamy head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, some rye bread and mild liquorice as well as wooden ntoes. Flavour is liquorice, chocolate, roasted malts, some wood as well as mild floral notes. ManVsBeer (10946) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Beer Festival 2016. Extremely dark with a notable strength, although there’s a good, smoothish roasted malt aroma and taste to enjoy, but is a little on the overbearing side after a while. prawlie (1675) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle. Rich, roasty, lots of non-fermented character. Nice and chewy! Thick and oily with plenty of depth. Only real criticism is the dry finish.
MarcinG (1003) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2016
Butelka 500ml. Czarny nieprzezroczysty kolor. Piana palona,srednia o lekko kremowej konsystencji opada dosc szybko. Aromat czekolady, palonych ciemnych slodow,karmelu, kakao i ciemnych owocow lesnych. W smaku delikatne,alkohol dobrze ukryty, dosc slodkie. Dominuje czekolada ale nie gorzka,palone slody ,kawa,kakao i owoce (czarna porzeczka). RichTheVillan (8248) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2016
Cask at Birmingham Beer Festival 2016; dark brown pour with a thin tan head, aroma has dark fruits, taste has sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, some roast. SarkyNorthener (4847) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
[email protected]Towey1989 (3264) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2016
Matthews Hall, Walsall. Black beer with medium tan head and decent lacing. Aroma of roast malts and light chocolate. Taste is burnt malts, bitter coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Medium bodied. Very good.
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2016 Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A deep brown to black colour with a frothy tan head. Aroma of raisin, sultana, liquorice, some coffee, slight roasted malts, a little chocolate and subtle spicy blackberry. Taste of raisin, sultana, other dark fruits, liquorice, roasted malts, some coffee, slight chocolate, a little black pepper, weird leathery taste and subtle herbal hops. Full bodied and an oily texture. A dry, leathery, dark fruit bitterness in the finish. Quite a boozy stout, very fruity. Subtle roastiness and hop too. Not sure if I like it or not. May have to try again somewhere else.............................................. Pours a deep brown to black colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, liquorice, bready malts, raisin, sultana, some spice, slight blackberry, a little coffee and subtle molasses. Taste of roasted malts, liquorice, raisin, sultana, spice, some brown bread, slight chocolate, a little coffee and subtle spicy, herbal hops. Full bodied and soft carbonation. A long, roasted, spicy fruit bitterness in the finish. Like on cask, it’s a boozy stout with lots of fruit and spice as well as subtle roastiness and a light hop presence. Found this more refined and more enjoyable from the bottle. zacgillbanks (5506) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. This is an inky black beer that pours with no head. It has a rich liquorice and chocolate flavour, nutty and coffee notes followed by ginger and blackberry on the roasted finish. Excellent!