Grumbo (2945) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2017
Rating from bottle collection/historic notes, source not recorded. Poured dark brown with an average sized off-white head. Aroma of chocolate. malt, lightly roasted. Moderate sweetness and medium roasted bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 2, 2017
Tap (Ale House, Colchester)MrBlueSky93 (524) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2015
Bloody dark, loose tan head. Vaguely liquoricey aroma, some dark apple hints. Tastes a bit of rubber bands, not sure what to make of this.Tanniny finnish. Feels like it’s getting a little tired.
On tap at Derby/National Winter Ales Festival 2015.
Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, orange, berries. Taste of initial roast malts, caramel, coffee, dark fruits, dark chocolate and a touch of orange peel too. Nice lightly hoppy finish. Beese (2735) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Gravity at GBBF 2014. Poured a dark ruby, with a rocky beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, berries and hay. Mid mouth feel. Chewy grain flavours, with some caramel and dominant malt. Finish was light roast, watered down coffee and grass. jmgreenuk (9447) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 1, 2013
Cask at The Ale House, Colchester. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with a little smoke. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a watery liqourice bitter spicy pepper hop palate with a short bitter finish. Medium bodied with flat carbonation. Nice enough but the bitterness doesn’t suit me. Perhaps they should revisit the hop combination.
wekker84 (2360) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2013
draft a black colored beer with a white head aroma roasted malts licorice fruits and hops flavor roasted malts fruit licorice spicy dry and hops essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2012
Cask at The White Hart, Margaretting Tye. Opaque, dark brown porter, with little white head. Fairly malty, slightly choccy, slight spice, but a bit of astringent bitterness. OK, but bit too light/watery. Leighton (21235) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2015 Cask at the London Drinker. Pours rich, red-brown with a small, foamy head. Not much in the nose aside from burnt leaves. Flavor is lightly sweet with some earthy bitterness, burnt leaves, faint roast. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Dries out in the finish with some faint roast, more burnt leaves, dark malts, some burnt toast. Just not much going for this one. (March 2012, score 2.7)anders37 (26605) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2010
Draft at GBBF 2014 - London. Pours clear brown with a creamy head. Nice coffee and cocoa character, some toasted bread. Light to medium bodied with fien carbonation. Nicely balanced finish with further coffee, chocolate. Good stuff. (August 2014, score: 3.7)
Bottle @Chris O. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty and slightly roasted caramel aroma. Roasted malty caramel and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel and chocolate finish. yespr (45413) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2010
From cask at Hillsborough. Pours dark brown to black with a small off white head. Aroma is dark malty and roasted. Liqourice. Breadish and slight tarish. Dark malt and roasted. Mild acidic and heavy roasted malt. Ends dark breadish. Nice one.