Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2008
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 3     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 2   Nitro : XX
Intensity : 2
Yeast : 3   Bread : 2   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Ink : XX   Tar : XX   Olives : XX   DMS : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 3   Burnt Toast : 3   Caramel : XX   Nuts : 3   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : 2   Coffee : 3   Dark Chocolate : 2   Vanilla : XX   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : XX   Cherries : XX
Hops : 3   Noble(1)->American(5) : 3   Leafy : 2   Floral : 2   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : 2 Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : XX   Wood : XX   Mint : XX   Smoke : XX   Soy : XX   Bourbon : XX   Anise : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 2   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : 1   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : 2   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: A bold and impressive ale with strong coffee tones and above average yeastiness.
Cask at paisley beer fest. Alround rating: Malty toffee, peppery floural grapefruit, full bodyied, peppery hop, spicey very appealing. johndoughty (5521) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2008
Bottle. Dark almost black with a medium body. Malty but with an astringency that gives it a slightly sulphuric aftertaste. If it wasn’t for this it would have scored higher. Interesting story on the label. jbrus (4989) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2007
[email protected]RichardGretton (4772) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2008
Sweet coffee aroma with cherries. Black color, light brown head, good lace. Sweet, coffee, blackberries, little sticky. Nice.
Bottle. Blackish/purple beer with a sweet milky chocolate and roasted aroma. The flavour is quite watery at the finish, but at the beginning it is roasted, milky chocolate and slightly bitter. Overall an average beer.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2007
Dark brown with a medium beige head. Sweet, spicy chocolate malt aroma. Roasty malt taste, but lots of fruitiness too. Agreeable bitterness. Picture on the bottle has a skeleton holding a bloody knife. Cheerful. Grumbo (3827) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle, source not recorded. Poured dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and coffee. Moderate sweetness, medium roasted bitterness. Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation. john44 (3331) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle. Almost black. Very, very Malty; roasted malts, lots and lots of dark bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee. Fruity; sour fruit, berries. Hoppy; balancing earthy hop bitterness. Bittersweet roast malty throughout with a distinctly sour fruit/hop edge. Long dry roasty finish. Very drinkable. Nice beer! (2010-03)
sm89walt (2080) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2007
500ml bottle bought from The Little Beer Shop, Norfolk. Comes with an interesting story on the bottle - a nice touch. Dark brown - nearly black - in colour with a thin tan head that creates a nice lacing. Once poured, this beer unearths sweet blackberry notes with some roasted malt aromas in the background. The aromas translate into the flavour giving the tongue tones of lightly sour red berries and hints of wood. Quite carbonated yet smooth on the palate. Sharp and dry finish with a slight sour end resonating from the berry characters. A bit fruitier than I had anticipated, but this is a quality Norfolk ale. tombyars (1749) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2012
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in May 2008. Cask, gravity dispense. Ruby black in colour with a thin white head. Strong roast grain note lingers long in the nose. Thick creamy texture to the smooth mouthfeel. Poor lacing throughout. Dark malts give a burnt toast note at the start which fades to give roast flavours of milky coffee and tablet. Moist maltloaf base gives a syrupy dates, sultanas and molasses, sweet in the mouth. Very slight prickle of hop resins noted briefly in the short aftertaste. Finish is very heavy and malty with vinous fruit notes of prunes and treacle toffee. This is an excellent English Strong Ale, though hard to find in Scotland. Highly recommended.