harrisoni (19553) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2007
Cask gravity at GBBF 2007, bottled bright and drunk on train home. Very deep ruby with no head. Decent choc and coffee. Good English porter, smooth, rounded. Nice. Superb English portery style beer actually. Fin (11069) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2007
Bottle from Beers of Europe, consumed outside my tent at Towersey Festival Dark brown with little head to speak of, quite smokey on the aroma but with some bitter chocolate and coffee in there. Coffee more prominent in the taste, very tasty beer by the way, dark fruits and nicely underpinned with a good solid malty base, lovely beer. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2008
Cask at paisley beer fest. Alround rating: Malty toffee, peppery floural grapefruit, full bodyied, peppery hop, spicey very appealing. imdownthepub (15525) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle conditioned, 500ml from Tipples bottle Shop, Norwich. Dark brown, ruby with brownish head. I opened this with trepidation as my previous Tipples bottled beers had been a disaster, however; I needn’t have worried, this was full malty, coffee, chocolate with sweet undertones, it was a decent beer, good stuff. fonefan (52396) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2007
Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2007, London. Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, fruit. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average to long duration. Body is light to medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is flat.
sm89walt (2082) - 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. faroeviking (11343) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 18, 2008
Botella. Deep dark brown colour with a short head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, bit coffee and caramel. Soft pleasant mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of chocolate with a good soft roasty maltiness, coffee and caramel. Dry roasty malty chocolate finish. Svesse (8972) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm, 10 Nov 2008) Very dark ruby colour, almost black, with brief foamy brown head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, wild berries and hints of port. Malty, fruity taste with chocolate, sweetened black coffee and dark fruit. Medium body, fairly sweet. Low carbonation makes it quite flat. Nicely balanced with a bittersweet finish. In short: bittersweet fruit and chocolate with a touch of port. Grumbo (4290) - 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. johndoughty (5600) - 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.