FatPhil (17075) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 13, 2015
Gravicask (PBF2015, Wednesday) (6:4:6:4-:13=3.3)Sjohnh (1012) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2015
Deep red, brown glints, almost no head. Lovely rich roasty aroma, more a porter than a lager from the nose. Nice full palate. Gentle liquorice in the mouth. Palate alas is a bit flat. Not saying lager it’s so characterful. Nicely malty and chocolatey.
Bottle purchased from the brewery. Pours coca cola colour with almost no head but some visible carbonation. Medium slightly oily body and pleasantly fizzy. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit and wood smoke. Taste doesn’t quite match up but starts with figs and prunes (bit like Doctor Pepper) and brown sugar before fading to a mild malt flavour. Pretty good. 47574xeCD (1262) - Coventry, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2015
From the barrel, upstairs at the Denbigh Arms, 17/02/15
Poured a dark magohany brown, creamy colour thin head, Aroma of malty toffee and hazxelnuts. Taste is of a toffee lager style but flat, not too sweet, and plesant on the palate.
Leighton (22301) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle at a ChrisO tasting, London. Pours clear brown with a frothy, off-white head. Toasty bread aroma. Medium sweet flavor with lots of toasted brown bread, light brown sugar and caramel. Light to medium boided with average carbonation. Toasted sugar finish, more light caramel and brown bread, faint cocoa. Solid dark lager. Theydon_Bois (20607) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle at Chriso - 25/09/12.
Dark chestnut brown with a thin off-white head.
Malt forward nose backed up by toffee and nuts.
Taste follows nose, a little sweeter with caramel tones.
Medium bodied and moderate carbonation - a decent enough drop!
Scopey (15663) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle thanks to Theydon_Bois at ChrisO. It pours very dark brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is caramel, wood, twig, leather, light smoke and ham. The taste is caramel, roasted malt, charcoal, cherry and light smoke, with a smooth, dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty decent stuff all-round. johndoughty (5543) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle Black and very flat. Slight carbonation which soon fades. Slight sweetness. Different but not that inspiring. Full marks for trying something out of the ordinary. leaparsons (10764) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle. Mahogany with a cream foam. Aromas are toasted malts with hints of blackberry and liquorish. Some base caramel malts with leather and some oiliness. Flavours are coffee and caramel with herbal aspects. Some blackberry and lemon fruitiness. Gritty chocolate with associated dark chocolate bitterness. Fruity and nutty coffee on the finish. Pretty good. Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 7, 2009
Deep red/brown with a nice beige head.
Big dry hops. Full of marijuana herbiness.
Sweet and weedy. Much like the ends of joints left out in the rain or stale bong water.
A bit still and water for a schwarzbier.
A nice aftertaste tops this off. Quite a reasonable and interesting beer. DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 Gravity, The Crown Christmas Festival, Nuneaton. Headless pitch wafting with roasted barley, cocoa and sulphur. Sweetish dusty choc, faint smoke, coal dust, just a tace of blackcurrant. Very English, but still convinces. Tasty. UPDATE
BC, ’Czech Style Black lager’. Slightly out of date bottle from The Wine cellars, Lutterworth. Tut tut. Nothing remotely Czech about it. Mahogany with ruby glints and a fine beige collar. Slightly rancid aroma of decaying leaf matter, ash and red wine. Sour and inappropriate with minor redeeming notes of ash and chocolate. Chunk of coal in an Aardmonnik. Drainpour. Come on Tunnel, sort your bottling out because if this was my only experience of this beer, I’d utterly slate it. Cask rate stands.