ManVsBeer (10281) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
Cask @ Polished Knob, Todmorden. Black with a thick creamy off-white head. Has a mid roasted and smoked aroma but light roasted in taste and a touch thin. Theydon_Bois (19200) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2013
Mari’a indeed ! Cask at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham Green, 04/05/13.
Light black with a thin beige head.
Nose is roast malt, licqourice, dark toffee, leather.
Taste comprises light roast malts, treacle toffee, toffee fudge, dark fruits.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry in the finish.
Ok stout. DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2011
’Black Mari’a’ actually, back room of The Blue Bell, York, 17/04/11. Very deep mahogany with cream drapes. Coal and dark chocolate orange, good minerals, decaying leaves, black cherry aroma. Taste: trails of Bamberg smoked malt through blackcurrant, coal, black cherry. A deep, seductive melding of roast, processed smoked cheese and malt interest. Only the second Old Bear beer I’ve had and I’m thirsting for more. Scopey (14523) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2011
Cask at the Claret Free House, Croydon. It pours black with a reddish hue, thin foamy tan head and soft carbonation. The nose is caramel, charcoal, leather, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and cola. The taste is charcoal, roasted malt, burnt sugar, wood, dark chocolate, rich-roast coffee, cherry and liquorice. It’s smooth, with a creamy mouth-feel and was served in great condition. A high quality and very drinkable low ABV stout. Leighton (21092) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2011
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW. Pours dark brown with a small, off-white head. Aroma is mostly dough and light toffee, with hints of dark malts. Flavor comes from out of nowhere. Hugely smokey. Like biting into a charred piece of moss-covered wood. Ashy, with lots of tobacco, hints of sugar and burned rubber. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. The smokey-roasty malts linger, with subtle mocha as well. Great stuff.
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2011
Cask (handpump) at the Great British Beer Festival Day 2, August 2009. Black as black can be. Dry and roasty. Some chocolate. Fairly bitter finish. Perhaps a little austere but quite impressive.
caesar (7103) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2010
Cask @ Three Judges, Glasgow. Dark color, short head. Chocolat, coffee, soft, creamy. Decent balance. Good stout. downender (8592) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Bag O’Nails, Bristol, 15/4/10. Black in colour with a slight, off-white head. Big, dark chocolate and sloe flavours with plenty of black coffee and a dry, lingering finish. Good stuff. Pyobon (1393) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2010
Bottle. The taste was quite surprising and does not accord well with others’ comments, so I wonder if there was something atypical about the bottle I had. Clear dark black with loose beige head. Aroma of dark malt, tobacco and tangy fruit, maybe raisins. Medium body, light carbonation. Flavour was tangy citrussy throughout, developing an oaky spicy midtaste and a clean sharp finish. Overall a very unusual stout, indeed a very unusual beer - tangy and refreshing whilst thick and dark. NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2010
Cask @ Three Judges, Glasgow. Black colored brew. Roasted, chocolate aroma. Flavor is roasted too, chocolate, mild malty and bitter.