DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2011
The Baron. Deep ruby with a tight beige drum. Good aroma with berry skins, a dusting of cocoa, blackcurrant.. Fine and soft with a pleasant blackcurrant and orange tang, discreetly floral hops, cranberry hints. Bittering milky coffee, nut husk and well done toast finish. A grower. Good brew. RichTheVillan (7856) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2014
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; mahogany brown pour with a frothy beige head, wet cardboard aroma, taste has dark fruits with a hint of chocolate. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2010
Cask (handpump) at the Great British Beer Festival Day 2, August 2009. Quite dark red colour. Very roasty. Some smoky notes A little caramel but remains quite dry. Made a change from all the golden ales but didn’t really grab my attention. Not bad though.
BlackHaddock (7356) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
Hand pulled pint in a local pub 10 Nov 2011: Dark ruby red body, almost black unless held up to a light source: on top sat a head that was creamy in colour and texture.
The taste and smells were very similar, bittering hops (Styrian Goldings, Millenium and Nugget according to the website) and roasted/toasted malts (Crystal and Chocolate malts). The hops just about won the smelling contest, the malts triumphing in the taste, the beer being slightly malt sweet with some mild hop bitterness in the finish.
Easy to drink and the body strength hides the 5.4% ABV nicely.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle from the Bottle Stop in Bramhall.
larsniclas (7078) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2011
Red amber with a very faint oily head. Very pleasant dark fruit and chocolate aroma. The flavour is pretty decent too. Good earthy malt with just a touch of chocolate and a very clean bitter and citric kick. Long mineral notes in the finish. Interesting, very well balanced and pretty decent.
Bottled from Kris Wines
Dark amber. Small head.
Fruity citric aroma.
Chewy tidibits-flavour. Sweet and malty with a light to medium bitterness. McTapps (6889) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2015
Bottle from niquillis - thank you! The beer has got a deep dark brown colour with an steady low head and smooth body. Aroma of malt and plums. Taste of mild malt, peaches, mild fruits, plums, milk chocolate, mild oak, rum and dried apricots. Gentle and soft finish. Very quaffable - I enjoyed it. MichaelAwesome (6519) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2015
Indeed it offers some malt and plums. Very easy to go, slightly sweetish piwo with some juicy fruits in the back. Quaffy and silky piwo - not bad. berkshirejohn (6505) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2011 50cl bottle from Londis, Barlaston, Staffs. Reddish chestnut with a foaming caramel coloured head; aroma of spiced caramel and apple; rich fruity flavour, thinner than expected; then a dry caramel finish with a hint of smoke and a gentle bitterness. Really nice.</br></br>Cask at the Standard Bearer (JDW), Stevenage. Just as good as the bottled version. Dark ruby in colour with a creamy head; rich fruity and earthy taste with a smooth, dry finish. Rather like Hobgoblin. mr_h (5570) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2016
Cask by Aitken Font at Bow Bar, Edinburgh (16 Jan 2012), malted barley, chocolate aroma, dark brown with a good oatmeal head, malty, coffee, chocolate flavour, prolonged coffee aftertaste.