The_Osprey (9721) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2017
August 2017 - Tasting at Leighton's. Huge thanks! Bottle, as 'Penlon Cottage Chocolate Stout', 4.5%. Dark brown, opaque, foamy light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, as expected, bourbon biscuit and ash. Body is smooth with soft carbonation Taste is a little thin, slightly tangy, demerara with ash and some dark chocolate. Main problem for me is that it's lacking bitterness, which makes it seem a bit thin and sweet. OK I suppose. (6-4-5-4-13=3.2) MrTipple (6990) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2017
Intense dark roast filter coffee, burnt cacao, dark chocolate. Hazy, dark brown, tiny, creamy, beige head. Light bitter. More burnt, dark malts, watery texture, dark roast coffee, strong filter, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Not a great Stout, malts are too burnt, watery palate. Bottle shared at Leighton’s - thanks to The_Osprey! Theydon_Bois (21483) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2017
Bottle split at Hackney Levels, thanks to Daniel, 31/08/17.
Dark brown with a decent light beige cap.
Nose is cocoa powder, toffee, biscuit crumbs, earthy.
Taste comprises dark fruit tang, chocolate sprinkle, toasted brown bread, light nutty bite, spice.
Medium body, think slightly watery feel, drying close.
Average stout. SarkyNorthener (5012) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2017
Bottle from shop near Tresaith Beach, Wales. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, light chocolate and earthy. Standard stuff. mR_fr0g (14028) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2017
Bottle shared at Leighton's place. 31/08/2017. Many thanks to Daniel Osprey for this one. A mid brown coloured pour with a fine beige head. ARoma is nutty semi sweet malts, tangy chocolate, apple, mineral. Palate is semi sweet, tangy, moderate carboantion. Flavour is composed of tangy green apple, nutty chocolate, dried coco powder. Ok
Leighton (22820) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2017
Bottle shared in Hackney - big thanks to Danboy. Pours deep brown with a creamy, light tan head. The aroma holds burnt brown bread, a little cocoa, soft roast, dried dark berries. Light sweet flavour with subtly tangy dark fruits, nips of plastic, earthy bitterness, vague cocoa. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Finishes with more vague cocoa, earthy hops, toasted leaves. So so. minutemat (6253) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2015
500ml bottle from a shop in Pembrokeshire, shared with Mike. Pours deep dark brown with beige head. Mirage-like caramel choc aroma. Rather fizzy mouthfeel with little chocolate coming through. Mild grains but a bit thin and watery. Not the best I’ve had from this brewery. Nocturne (2238) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2014
Cask at Old Market Tavern, Altrincham. Near black with ruby edges, lasting tan coloured head. Creamy texture. Decent chocolate character throughout, nothing overwhelming. Hint of red fruit lurking at the edges too. A bit pedestrian but a nice drop. gegwilson (3827) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Very dark with just a red tinge. Tan head. Very chocolatey aroma. Lots of chocolate flavour but balanced nicely with bitter coffee and roast malt flavours. Very decent and much better than some of the others I’ve had from this brewer. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2013
A nice beer that was found somewhere in the UK while traveling I got around to drinking it while clearing all the bottles that were not going home. For the most part it is a solid stout. Ultimately though it lacks that memorable aspect that sets it apart from others.
Aroma / Appearance - A reddish brown base looks like Cherry Coke but with a sandy head the color of brittle newspaper. Chocolate pudding, cheap coffee from a rural gas station, and figs or raisins provide evidence that it is in the ballpark.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate truffles, black coffee, and more are pleasantly held within a bright mouthfeel. Carbonation peeks through at times. The only problem is that after a few sips it gets to be dull. With a lack of depth it turns into just another chocolately stout.