Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
Close to black ale with a firelight tan colour. Delicious roasty+toasty nose with caramel, figs and blue grape flavours complexified by an underlying juicy fruitiness (think dates, pomegranate, blueberry). Absolutely charming and well-made, a coherence malt display. Despite that intention, it finishes dry with its tobacco and ashes nuances in mouth. All along, a soft acidity that never gets obtrusive supervises the development and ensures the desirability of a next sip. Clean medium body with a delicate foaminess. MiP (15650) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
Cask at GBBF08. Nice roasted aroma, good and creamy. Very dark brown colour. Stable frothy light brown head. Good roasted flavour, dark bread, chocolate. Mild yet flavourful. Like a cask Dunkel. tombyars (1691) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in May 1991. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black in colour with a thick white creamy head. Strong latte coffee in the distinctive aroma. Thick creamy mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Dark malts give a rich, moist maltloaf base with strong signature flavours of mocha coffee, plain chocolate, treacle toffee fudge and a slight hint of sour berry fruit. Quick note of bitter hop resins present in the earthy aftertaste. Strong malty finish with sweet molasses, dry oak cask notes laced with vanilla and liquorice. One of the best Scottish session Old Ale type that is out there at present. Always consistantly on form and very, very popular throughout Scotland. Ticks all the boxes for me - superb stuff! JorgeLee (2096) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Cask in the Prince Albert W11. Deep black in colour on first glance, ruddy highlights. Deep dark malty but not roasty, sweetish and treacly, a hint of smoke, well balanced with enough hop bitterness to keep it drinkable. Very tasty for the abv. Holmen2 (3569) - NORWAY - MAY 18, 2014
From cask at The Ferry Inn, Stromness. Black. Pale brown very dense and persistent head. Good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark toffe. Similar taste. Round mothfeel. Balanced by moderate bitterness in aftertaste. High drinkability and served in perfect condition.
rarbring (2294) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2014
Overall: Smoke, sausage, coffee.badgerben (5131) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Note: Cask at Oliver Twist. Reviewed 2014-06-24.
The Phoenix, Inverness. Mmmmmm... scottish ale... Almost tastes more like a porter. Very dark, heavy malted aroma. Excellent coffee taste with more malt. Certailny not the best there is, but on the top side of the heap. Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 Nov 06 Cask conditioned @ Humble Plumb, Soton. Ruby coloured. Lovely toasty malts with liquorice and nutty flavours. Nice earthy hop in the finish which adds an additional element to the smooth roasty bitterness. 3.8
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 18, 2005
Feb 05 Cask conditioned @ JDW, Soton. Port and sherry, oaky berry aromas. Quite sweet with oxidised notes and marzipan. Perhaps a touch syrupy without any roasted flavours to contrast. 3.2
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 Really good ber, not booring and good for having a talk with your friends. MAybe better than the Bottled version. BUt really one of the old clips on cask. CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 31, 2006
Highly enjoyable scottish ale. Smokey and full and dark as it should be. Very drinkable as a session and plenty of malts to keep it substantial, yet the smoke and nice hop outline keep it from sticking to your mouth.