zippermouth (35) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2005
Real Ale in a Bottle. Very pleasant stout. Roasty, chocolate and coffee flavours are in harmony and don’t insult the palate. This is a real drinking stout - not a beer to fuss about and get pretentious over, but to beer to drink and enjoy. I loved it. Zipgun (2) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2005 does not count
Absolutely delicious stout! One of the nicest beers I’ve ever tasted. Looks great, smells great, tastes great! I’ve drank nothing but this great beer for the last 2 months. I’m in heaven! TomSpears (65) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
Bottle with live yeast from the supermarket. Flavoursome. Chocolate. Gentle. Quality. Great mouthfeel. harrisoni (19157) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottle from Sainsbury. Blackbeer with tight lasting head. Dark roasted malt aroma with roast chestnuts bit of tar and coffee/choc. Smoothin mouth with bitter choc and coffee Endingis long and rich withchoc, coffee and hoppiness that is quite understated and then more forceful as it goes on ladnewton (2014) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2009
Cask at the Wenlock Arms, London on 14th June 2009. Solidly and intensely black with small off-white head which quickly dissipates. Strong chocolate on the nose then a sharp and intense burst of bitter chocolate and vanilla which register side by side in the first kick. A long, deluxe bitter chocolatey finish that becomes drier. Delicious, and a very good dessert drink too. Very enjoyable, and not too strong at four and a half abv.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2005
Jet Black hue with a light brown head. Strong pronounced coffee nose with toasted malts. Fantastic complax tastes with coffee roasted malts and caramel hints. A great stout. FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2010
A - Dark root beer color with chestnut color on the edges. Full, thick, creamy, meringue like head that is sticky and has very good retention. Finally (and I do mean finally) settles into a thick creamy layer of lace.
S - Nice stout aroma with coffee initially with some dark and milk chocolate. Then roasted malt, along with an earthy woody aroma. Subtle nuttly smell and just a hint of hops.
T - Starts out with a mix of dark and milk chocolate and some strong black coffee. Then a strong roasted malt bitterness comes in. Mid sip has some earthy hops come out and some roasted nut and woodiness. Finishes with just a hint of tartness and a fair amount of roasted bitterness and earthy flavors with the chocolate and coffee in the background again (a bit more coffee than chocolate).
M - Between medium and light (a little on the thin side but that’s expected with the ABV). Low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and drying but not as creamy as I was hoping.
D - Pretty easy to drink stout with very well balanced and ever changing flavors. The flavors have different strengths each sip and so each flavor is represented well throughout the bottle.
Notes: Best before 09/05/11. Solid example of a nice sessionable stout. Plenty of flavor especially given the ABV and flavor. This helps put away the myth that beers need a high ABV for high flavor. Well balanced and good integration of all the typical stout flavors. Really enjoyable stout, it’s unfortunate that it doesn’t get exported. Definitely worth grabbing although I’m not sure if it’s quite good enough to go to a lot of trouble for. SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
coffee, chocolate, roasty from a black body with a thin foamy head, medium sweetness, very bitter, coffe flavour that turns to chocolate in the finish, very good though it is a bit watery and was alot of fizz when i opened the bottle. mike_77 (7011) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2009
Black colour with lacy foam head. Strong roasted malty aroma and flavour. Nice strong level of bitterness with an hint of espresso and a thick oily texture.