MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Sim rate. Cask at Wandsworth Beer Festival.
Aroma of chocolate, caramel, roast coffee and cream. Itís like chocolate ice cream... or maybe vanilla ice cream with a smothering of Hersheyís syrup. It kept its head in a way that a mild doesnít usually. The cold evening treated it well as it came from a gravity cask outside. The flavour of bitter roast initially hits the back of your palate like a bittersweet cocoa. Then itís coffee, dark hot chocolate and an espresso with cream. Dark, rich, so so impressive. I donít regularly give 4s for palate, but this really stands out. Rich, creamy. Really fills the mouth. So very impressed. Shepheard Neame? Never!