The_Osprey (9373) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2017 AndrewC (379) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2009
Jan 2017 - Cask handpull at The Crosse Keys Bishopsgate as ’Nelson Dogwatch Stout’. Cola black with a red hue, foamy tan head. Aroma is all chocolate covered Turkish Delight, some plum and fruited chocolate. Pretty nice. Body is light, smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is chocolatey with a hint of ash, some plum and raisin with a building astringency. Based on previous ratings I was expecting a car crash, but this is far from it. Mind you, Nelson has an incredibly variable output. The beer in front of me is pretty enjoyable - I guess I got lucky! (3.5)
July 2017 - Cask handpull at The Crosse Keys London as Nelson Dogwatch Stout. Dark reddy brown, translucent and still with a small foamy light brown head. Aroma is chocolate fudge and toffee, cadburys eclairs. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is light toffee moving to black rum and ash and a strong astringency. Quite a solid stout on this showing. Rating delayed because I crushed my iPhone with weights at the gym. (3.4)
Bottle. Bit disappointed with this. Smells of sour coffee. Big coffee-grounds flavour to start with followed by bitter/tart red cherry flavours. Quite vinous and tart, with this continual whiff of coffee-grounds. I don’t see me buying this again unless I see it in cask. Gary (2088) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 This was bottle conditioned . Very swillable and smooth. Customary roasted malt.giving birth to hella lot of coffee. I like the vibez.Its nice and eazy . DruncanVeasey (8326) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2008
Bottle from Arden Wines. Coke-hued pour with ruby tints and a billowing yellowy head. Nose of sour grape, dab of soy, iron, blackcurrant jelly and smoke. Mostly sour grape. Too thin, acidic and fizzy for a stout. Reminds me of a sourish/smoky Belgian attempt. Mouth mostly woodsmoky burnt bitterness. Chocolate, dark fruit and bramble in there. Ends dry with a punch of bitterness from the underlying hops as much as the roasted malts. Cigar-like smoky afters. Weird, unstouty and packed with detritus but perfectly drinkable. cgarvieuk (26100) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle at home ... Deep red brown ... smokey chocolate malt nose ... very fruity very smokey ... quite a lot of berry fruit ...
leaparsons (10809) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2008
Bottle. Black with a beige head. Aromas are bitter roast malts with plenty of nuttiness. Some chocolate with yeast. Flavours are bitter coffee with hints of berry fruit. Yeasty and dry with gritty notes and a short finish. Decent, despite its faults. Fin (10980) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2008
Bottle, Dodgi’ Deli’ Cowley Road 21-05-08 Pours v.dark brown with tan head, some sourness on the nose, fruity and a bit sour in the mouth I don’t get creamy, hoppy, smokey, or chocolate as per description, in short this is a pretty poor stout I’m afraid to say. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2008
A Sim rate (cask at Hove BF): Choco-caramel aroma. It’s more like a mocha really. Oaty, sweet, like a sweet Belgian waffle. Dark but not opaque with a red tinge and good lacing. The flavour’s not quite as sweet and chocolately as the aroma. It’s a bit bitter in the finish... like real cocoa. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2007
Cask conditioned - handpump - Criterion Leicester. A black coloured stout with a losse white coloured head. The aroma when it can be ascertained is very burnt and roasty. The taste is heavy on the coffee. Like the aroma there seems to be a thinness of character. That is the palate feels really thin and the finish short. Drinkable all the same. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
One of the weirdest beer I’ve ever had. A viscous looking black beer that grows a monstruous (litteraly) tan head that remains alive thanks to obnoxious carbonation that keeps the beer in constant movement. Sour blackberry notes are dominated by soured stale yeast and rotting malt flavours. Taken over dark chocolate notes. Extremely chewy oatmeal-like texture (not oatmeal stout, the real deal, a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, as thick and cerealic as that) A non-newtonian liquid really that surprises you when you look, smell or taste it. I can’t call it pleasant.