Theydon_Bois (17973) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the pre Bamberg tune up in the Sham, huge grattitude to Kenny for digging this Kernel whale out of the archives, 23/01/14.
Light black with a moderate tan covering that retains well.
Nose is light roast, dark chocolate, sea salt, roast malts.
Taste comprises dark chocolate, earthy, toffee fudge, light dirt, roasty.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying closure.
Benzai (14678) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle [from trade with Leighton] @ home. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Smell malts, chocolate, roastyness. Taste malts, dark malts, a hint of chocolate, lightly coffee and nicely medium bitter in the finish. Soft velvety mouthfeel, medium body.
madmitch76 (23398) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16th September 2011
Huge thanks to Evin for digging this one out of the archives for me - Cheers Mate! Opaque black beer, tidy tan head. Tangy dark malt nose and a light dry palate. Taste follows the nose with tangy dark malt. Joining the party are minerals and sweet and sour red fruits. Whispers of violets and coffee in the dry finish. I can’t recall a better Oyster Stout!
Scopey (13330) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Leighton’s Aug 11 tasting. It pours very dark brown, with ruby highlights and a decent light tan head. The nose is salted liquorice, seaweed, sweet caramel, varnish, sea salt and treacle. The taste is salted liquorice, treacle, seaweed, caramel, toffee, pepper, burnt sugar, roasted malt and coffee, with a long, dry roasted finish. Full body and average carbonation. Flavoursome and well balanced. Great stuff.
Leighton (19558) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a tasting. Pours brown with red highlights, and a creamy, tan-pink head. Dry roast, cocoa aroma. Great flavor, mocha, some dry chocolate and light coffee grounds, bit of burnt earth. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Dry roast finish, some burnt brown sugar, milk chocolate, subtle salted cocoa. Excellent beer all around.