harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2008
Cask handpull at The Wellington, Birmingham. Black with lasting tan head. Good intense roasted stout. Bitter choc, little bit of espresso, lots of roasted malt, some dark fruits. Very full and malty. Nice mouthfeel, bit of choccy velvet. cgarvieuk (24515) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 26, 2011
bottle at home ... dark brown black ... thin tan head ... soft chocolate ... dark fruits ... tiny hint of sourness ... again a little fizzyness ... dark cherry and plums ... soft toffeee ... light bitter chocolate ... roast dark sugers ... heavy but nice oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2010
Cask. Ambery brown color with small off-white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and floral hops, sweet malts, red berries, some alcohol and mild nutty notes. Flavour is fruits, raisins, sweet malts, some alcohol as well as mild herbal and nutty notes. Hermod (7881) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 18, 2013
50cl bottle from AlesByMail. Batch No. G491100812. BBE 10/08/2013. Dark brown, creamy, lasting, cappuccino head. Aroma is tempting with roasted malt, sweet caramel and some coffee in between. Flavor is roasty and hoppy with caramel and light spicy notes. Finish is dry and long. Medium to full bodied. Great brew. RoyceH (1199) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 25, 2006
Cask @ Peterborough BF 06. Lots of chocolate cream malt. Dark brown / ruby appearance. Coffee toasted malt, chocolate, creamy. Bittersweet malt.
Fin (10541) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2007
Cask conditioned gravity dispense at Merton Winter Beer Festival 17-02-07. Poured a very dark brown colour with nutty, malty aroma. Warming rich slightly sweet malty taste typical of a winter ale with the alcohol always present, little in the way of bitterness but really nice. I understand they do an oak aged or is it barrel aged version of this which sounds very interesting. downender (8660) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Royal Oak, Bath 25/02/10. Dark brown with a slight, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit and chocolate with a vinous, slightly sour edge. Flavour was similar with more fruit, sourness and a dry finish. Very drinkable, given the ABV. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Cask conditioned handpump Criterion Leicester. A dark brown coloured beer with a purple hue and a tiny off-white head. The aroma has stewed fruit and booze with licorice notes. Vinuous and fruity in the mouth with prunes. A good warming strong beer. Score 3.6sound67 (731) - Offenbach, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2015
Subsequent rating scored 3.7 Score unaltered
[Robin Hood Beer Festival, Nottingham Castle, 2015] -
Nobby’s Brewery, Nottinghamshire, T’owd Navigation, 6.1%. Jet black, with a big (!), frothy light beige head. Rather mild aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts. Medium body, hardly watery, mild carbonation. Chocolate, sweet licorice and bitter roasted malts vye for attention at the outset. Middle is drier, but licorice remains, dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Finish has the skins of dark berries, chocolate, nuts. Bitter espresso after taste. Intriguing, multi-leveled stout. dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2006
Gravity, Peterborough Beer Festival 2006. Dark brown, almost black in appearance, with no head. Very chocolate and toffee aromas. Creamy. Nice.