teorn88 (7671) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 16, 2015
Backlog rating. Cask at the EoE, London. It pours a dark copper color with small tan head. Aroma is sweet and rich, complex, with notes of cocoa, leather, red berries and light tart berry jam. Taste is also quite sweet and lightly tart and jammy, fruity, leathery and chocolatey. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, an interesting old ale Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2015
Cask at PSBH, Manchester. Dark black, tan head. Malty with fruity tones running throughout. Much the same as Freddie but just taking on a slightly plummier vibe. Soft, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Preferred the regular but this is still really good. Beersiveknown (5284) - NORTHERN IRELAND - APR 10, 2015
cask at the brewery tapleebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Justin warned us that the cask had been tapped for a week at this point so a lot of the condition had gone but was still tasting fantastic. medium bodied with low-0 carbonation. hazy dark ruby brown with slightly tart plummy nose. Lightly acetic with rich complex malts, old leather, tobacco and plummy notes. Lovely complex beer was glad to try as that’s the end of 2014 batch.
Smells of organic blue Bubblegum if such a thing existed with the tiniest touch of oak, aroma could not be topped. Head is disappointingly dissipating leaving behind the oily looking deep brown liquid. Amazingly, the first flavour to me is Bubblegum, giving way to a light roast chocolate flavour which then leads into a nuttiness and finishes on an old oaky wood flavour. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected for this calibre brew and the exotic Bubblegum flavour soon merges into an overall impression as the drinking continues (I’m only having a third, so quite quickly) the main flavour being a very slightly tart but also sweet fruity roastiness. One thing I would say is that this beer really nails the ideal balance to be found in a complex brew. It is certainly complex, evidenced by the journey of the tongue it sponsors but at the same time, there is not the sense of an over complex and confusing barrage of flavours. I feel that this recipe could do with some work but the bar is set high already by this beer as well as the brewery which produced it. planky84 (3215) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2015
Cask at the 2015 National Winter Ales Festival, The Roundhouse, Derby. Black pour with a beige head. Roasted malt, raisin and blackberry aroma. Bonfire toffee, licorice toffee and chocolate flavour. Booze laden tastiness.
Stuu666 (13123) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 6, 2014
Cask at the Hanging Bat. Pours black, sweet chocolate, dry roast malts, fruity. Leighton (21089) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Cask at the Euston Tap - London. Pours clear, dark brown with a creamy, khaki head. Smooth chocolate and ripe dark fruits in the nose. Medium sweet flavor with silky milk chocolate, dark berries, faint chalky roast. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and velvety texture. Rich, balanced finish, more lovely chocolate, just hints of alcohol warmth, semi-dry ripe dark fruits. Wonderful balance and depth here. Delicious. harrisoni (18436) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
Cask air pressure at Euston Tap. Black beer lasting tan head. Aroma of dark bitter chocolate and some dark fruits. It’s got some more dark really bitter chocolate in the mouth and more dark fruit. The bitterness of the chocolate character is really quite striking. Lovely beer served in great nick. Chocolate and fruit are amazing BeerViking (4712) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
Cask at the Euston Tap, black with a lasting fine tan head, nose is faintly tangy and coffee, palate is rich and complex with notes of coffee, sour plum and treacle, and faintly of tobacco, liquorice and vanilla. Finish is dry, dark and lightly sour plummy. Niall73 (2432) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2014
Cask at Earl of Essex. Pours a dark black/brown with a tan head. Aroma has a bit if choc milkshake, a hint if coffee, a hint of grassiness. Medium body, mild carbonation. The dry, grassy, slightly sour berries come quick, a little leather fustiness too, dark fruits, cherry, a little licorice, red wine. Interesting, and an enjoyable sipper. OK.
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