john44 (3048) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2017
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Oct 2010 - Black in colour. Poor condition. Roast coffee and chocolate in aroma. Malty; lots of coffee, toasted oatmeal, chocolate, lots of vanilla. Hoppy; lightly hopped. Sweet coffee roast malty throughout. Drinkable. (2010-10)
ManVsBeer (10250) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Cask during a Wetherspoon Beer Festival in 2010. No notes as pre-Ratebeer for me but rating transferred from the Facebook Beerseek app. Stuu666 (13019) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Cask at Cafe Royale. Pours black, nose is coffee and chocolate, taste is similar. weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
Bottle at home. Poured black with a dark tan head. Aroma has a good dollop of coffee, some dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Flavour has obvious coffee, sweet malts, finish is a little bitter. Quite enjoyable really, just many great beers of this style that do it better. anders37 (26137) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2013
Cask @ GBBF 2013. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee aroma. Roasted malty coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish.
SarkyNorthener (4562) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2013
[email protected]rlgk (18847) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2013
black country arms, walsall. Black beer with medium beige head and decent lacing. Aroma of espresso. Taste is espresso, burnt malts and oats. Creamy body. Very good.
Cask at GBBF 2013. Very dark brown beer with a beige head. Huge espresso aroma, coffee, tar, dark chocolate, hay, burnt, woody notes, licorice, prunes, some vanilla. Coffee flavor, fruity, prunes, hay, chocolate, truffles, vinous, biscuits, a bit roasted, espresso, some caramel. Quite drinkable. Nilz (510) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2013
Bottle pours a raven black ale with a tan head which dissipates. Aroma of treacle and coffee. Taste a smoky treacle with black coffee. An interesting offering, one that intrigued me. jamestulloch (4052) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 29, 2013
Aroma: Rich coffee and dark chocolate.
Nuffield (4167) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Appearance: Jet black body with a medium tan head. Good lacing.
Taste: Unlike previous raters, I found this to have quite a harsh bitterness (to be fair, the previous rate was from eight months ago...) Dark chocolate and espresso (living up to its name). Strong flavours but not the smoothest blend/balance.
Palate: Medium body with a watery, slightly oily texture. Flat carbonation.
Overall: As a Stout, it’s extremely rich, bitter and flavoursome. The balance isn’t quite there though and so it’s not very moreish (after half a pint, I’d almost had enough).
I am going to be going against the grain here, but I absolutely loved this. My notes reported, "Lovely! Exciting!" Great nose--vanilla, coffee, toffee/caramel. Fabulous flavors--jumping with coffee and interesting notes. Thin body, of course, but it’s British afterall. The best thing about this, we talked about, was its overwhelming tiramisu quality. Benjii agreed. I got this from a woman next to be at the bar, so she gets credit, but she’s absolutely right. This is tiramisu in a freakin’ glass--spectacular. (cask at the Scottish Real Ale Festival, Edinburgh, June 2012)